Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
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Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No

4 years full-time

Next available intakeMarch (Trimester 1)
CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,717 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

VTAC Codes1400414081 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514081 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714081 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code079499D
Deakin course code D387

Course structure for students who commenced in 2014 onwards.

Psychology Students who commenced prior to 2014 should consult the course entry for Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Professional recognition

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 considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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).

Course rules

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).

See course entry Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344).

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

Trimester 2

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Level 2
Trimester 1
HBS107Understanding Health

HNN215Quality Use of Medicines

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3

Trimester 2

HBS110Health Behaviour

HNN108Understanding Research Evidence

HNN222Mental Health and Illness

Level 3
Trimester 1
HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour (Cloud (online) at Warrnambool)

Trimester 2

HNN217Community Nursing Practice

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS307Personality (Cloud (online) at Warrnambool

Level 4
Trimester 1
HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B


Trimester 2

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive 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:

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Nursing (H326)
Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344).

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),

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).