Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science
Course summary for local students
|Year||2015 course information|
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool|
4 years full-time
|Next available intake||March (Trimester 1)|
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$6,479* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|CRICOS course code||079499D|
|VTAC Codes||1400414081 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514081 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714081 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||D387|
Course structure for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.
Psychology Students who commenced prior to 2014 should consult the course entry for Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
Deakin University was the first university in Australia to offer combined nursing degree courses. This was in response to signals from the health sector that there is a need for nurses with multidisciplinary skills.
This course is particularly well suited to those interested in the growing field of mental health nursing. It will prepare you with a strong understanding of research methods in psychology, human behaviour and mental processes and provide you with the knowledge and skills to comprehensively care for patients.
Throughout the course you will benefit from our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centre which provide you with the facilities and equipment required to develop practical skills which are further enhanced through clinical work placements.
In addition you will study a wide range of units that provide the scientific knowledge base for mental health practice such as psychology as a behavioural science, statistics, psychological testing and measurement, mental health promotion and research.
On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Note: the NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements. You will also have gained a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of provisional registration.
Note: This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
Upon completion of your studies you will be qualified to work in areas such as mental health rehabilitation, youth work, careers counselling, community development and work/life counselling in addition to more traditional nursing roles.
Students interested in pursuing a professional career in psychology will need to complete an approved ‘fourth year’ of study (such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology) after which students may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and seek associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practise, or a minimum of two years of postgraduate study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practise completed outside the degree).
The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science course comprises thirty two (32) credit points. Two (2) credit points of units are course grouped for both nursing and psychological science; nineteen (19) credit points are specific to nursing and eleven (11) credit points are specific to psychology. These core units provide students with an opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary learning. Students gain an understanding of basic scientific foundations in the areas of biomedical and human behaviour studies.
There is an expectation that students be available to undertake clinical placements outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are the responsibility of the student.
For students studying at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool some units may only be available in Cloud (online) in years two, three and four. Students enrolled at the Waterfront (Geelong) will be required to take some units at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).
|HBS109||Human Structure and Function|
|HNN112||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1|
|HNN120||Quality and Safety in Health Care|
|HPS111||Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour|
|HNN122||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2|
|HPS121||Psychology B: Individual and Social Development|
|HNN215||Quality Use of Medicines|
|HNN227||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3|
|HNN108||Understanding Research Evidence|
|HNN222||Mental Health and Illness|
|HNN217||Community Nursing Practice (Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)|
|HNN318||The Older Person and Supportive Care|
|HPS203||The Human Mind|
|HPS204||Human Social Behaviour|
|HNN300||Child and Adolescent Health|
|HPS201||Research Methods in Psychology A (Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)|
|HPS202||Child and Adolescent Development|
|HPS205||Brain, Biology and Behaviour|
|HNN319||Chronic Illness and Supportive Care|
|HNN320||Leadership and Clinical Governance|
|HPS301||Research Methods in Psychology B|
|HNN301||Mental Health Promotion|
|HNN325||Comprehensive Nursing Practice|
Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children check
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.
* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Prerequisite requirements for Year 12 applicants please refer to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), http://www.vtac.edu.au/
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Applications for campus and Cloud (online) study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).