Bachelor of Nursing

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Nursing
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusNo
Length3 years full time
Next available intake


November (Trimester 3) - for applicants who are eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Students will study at Burwood (Melbourne) in Trimester 3 then return to their enrolled campus (if this is not Burwood).


March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2) -  for applicants who are registered nurses in their home country and have been granted Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and for applicants who are registered or eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) only.

November (Trimester 3) - for applicants who are eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Students will study at Burwood (Melbourne) in Trimester 3 then return to their enrolled campus (if this is not Burwood).

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$31,416 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code018327G
English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 with no individual band score less than 7 (or equivalent). More information is available at

Deakin course code H326
VTAC Codes1400414353 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514353 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714353 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Enrol in Deakin’s Bachelor of Nursing to gain the knowledge, skills and ethical understanding you need to become a competent, caring and successful nurse clinician. This course will prepare you to provide high-quality, patient-centered care in a range of settings.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin is one of the largest in Australia, and is committed to providing excellence in its courses through an emphasis on current trends and evidence-based practice in nursing. You will benefit from the cutting-edge facilities and equipment our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centre offers.

Early in your first year you will undertake clinical placement and during the remainder of the course have the opportunity to develop clinical skills and knowledge across a range of health care environments in a variety of clinical practice locations. Under the supervision of registered nurses, you will be part of multidisciplinary health care teams  in acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, community nursing and mental health nursing.

Our graduates continue to enjoy roles across both the government and private sectors. Nursing is a career rich with opportunity. As a Deakin nursing graduate you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm, problem-solving capabilities and your ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. You will be well prepared to pursue a career as a registered nurse in a range of government and private sectors including hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities and community health centres.

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.

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

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing students must attain 24 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 2 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points which must include 21 core credit points (these are compulsory) and 3 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) worth 3 credit points.

There is an expectation that you are available to undertake clinical placements outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 must discuss their course structure with the campus enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HBS107Understanding Health

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HNN108Understanding Research Evidence

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

Level 2 - Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

HNN222Mental Health and Illness (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)

HNN217Community Nursing Practice (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)

plus one elective unit

Students must complete HNN217 and HNN222 in the same trimester

Level 2 - Trimester 2 or Trimester 1

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)

HNN215Quality Use of Medicines (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)

plus one elective unit

Students must complete HNN215 and HNN227 in the same trimester

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Practice

Elective units

Students must select units in consultation with the course enrolment officer. Students may take electives from any School of the University provided that prerequisites are met. At least one of the three electives must be taken at level two or three. Particular electives that may be of special interest to nursing students include:

International study tour elective unit:

HNN216International Nursing Study Tour

HNN207Maternity Nursing: Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn

HNN313Perioperative Nursing

HNN348Rural and Remote Area Nursing

Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:

HBS345Collaborative Practice in Healthcare

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.


Inherent requirements

Essential knowledge, skills and capabilities are required to undertake and successfully complete the undergraduate nursing and midwifery courses and to practice safely as a registered nurse and/or midwife. The inherent requirements of the course are listed at School of Nursing and Midwifery Undergraduate Courses: Inherent Requirements

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.

The English language entry requirement is an IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band less than 7) or equivalent. You will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

Please note that the IELTS score for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing may differ from the IELTS score required for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Closing dates

July (Trimester 2): 2 June 2016

November (Trimester 3): 2 October 2016

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.

Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Normal University regulations and guidelines will pertain to students who apply for credit for prior learning. The Deakin University policy on credit for prior learning states that students will be provided with the maximum credit for relevant approved post-secondary study, or informal learning, which exceeds the normal entry requirements for the relevant course. This may include previous completed or incomplete degrees, diplomas, TAFE awards and, in particular, completed Certificate IV in Health (Nursing) and/or Diploma of Nursing. In particular, credit for prior learning will be available for students who have completed a Certificate IV and/or Diploma of Nursing award in the Technical and Further Education sector leading to registration in Division 2 of the register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Students with Division 2 registration are eligible to apply for a maximum of eight (8) credit points of credit for prior learning.

In all cases, credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with a maximum credit granted being consistent with University policy (Deakin University, Credit for prior learning policy and procedure, July 2003) and the guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning as approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

How to apply

Tracking your application

If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact


As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Work experience

Clinical practice

Clinical placements are conducted throughout your course beginning in Trimester 1 of your first year. This early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills under the supervision of registered nurses and enables you to experience being part of a multidisciplinary health care team. You will gain clinical experience in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. These may be undertaken in hospitals and community health care centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.