Bachelor of Nursing
Course summary for international students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Nursing|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool|
|Length||3 years full time|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2) - for applicants who are eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with AHPRA. Burwood (Melbourne) and Waterfront (Geelong) only
November (Trimester 3) - for applicants who are eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with AHPRA. Students will study at Melbourne Burwood Campus in Trimester 3 then return to their enrolled campus.
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$29,320* AUD|
|CRICOS course code||018327G|
IELTS overall score of 7 with no individual band score less than 7 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org
|Deakin course code||H326|
|VTAC Codes||1400414353 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place|
1400514353 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714353 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
|Faculty contacts||Deakin International|
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
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.
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
The Bachelor of Nursing gives students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and ethical behaviours that enable you to practise as a competent and caring nurse clinician and gain employment in a range of health care contexts. You will be highly regarded as you will be able to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused toward improving patient outcomes.
Throughout your course you will benefit from our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centre
which provides students with the facilities and equipment required to develop practical skills which are further enhanced through clinical placements.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin is one of the largest in Australia and is committed to providing excellence in all its courses, particularly to reflect current trends and evidence-based practice in nursing. Our distinctive partnership program connects students to many health care organisations in the public and private sector.
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. You will spend approximately 50 per cent of the course duration in various health care settings, including hospitals and community health centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.
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
Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.
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.
* 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.
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 work areas including: hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities, community health centres, government agencies and industries.
Given nursing is a diverse profession with a number of speciality practise areas available, it is expected that graduates will look at continuing professional development throughout their careers. This may include postgraduate degrees and/or research degrees, including masters and PhDs.
The course consists of twenty four (24) credit points comprising twenty one (21) core credit points plus three (3) elective units (worth 3 credit points). At least one of the electives must be taken at level 2 or 3.
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.
|HNN120||Quality and Safety in Health Care|
|HBS109||Human Structure and Function|
|HNN112||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1|
|HNN108||Understanding Research Evidence|
|HNN122||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2|
Trimester 1 or Trimester 2
|HNN222||Mental Health and Illness (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)|
|HNN217||Community Nursing Practice (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)|
plus one elective unit
Students must complete HNN217 and HNN222 in the same trimester
Trimester 2 or Trimester 1
|HNN227||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)|
|HNN215||Quality Use of Medicines (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)|
plus one elective unit
Students must complete HNN215 and HNN227 in the same trimester
|HNN318||The Older Person and Supportive Care|
|HNN319||Chronic Illness and Supportive Care|
|HNN320||Leadership and Clinical Governance|
plus one elective unit
|HNN300||Child and Adolescent Health|
|HNN301||Mental Health Promotion|
|HNN325||Comprehensive Nursing Practice|
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. (Students may study HNN448 and be in compliance with this rule.) Particular electives that may be of special interest to nursing students include:
Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:
|HBS345||Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care|
International study tour elective unit:
|HNN216||International Nursing Study Tour|
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/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-safety-screening-referee-checks-police-record-check-and-working-with-children-check
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.
Entry requirements - general
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the English language requirement.
Entry requirements - specific
English language requirements
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.
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.
Credit for prior learning - specific
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
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