Study Nursing in Australia

Deakin University is ranked in the Top 1% of universities in the world for nursing* and has achieved the highest level of overall student satisfaction for eight years in a row in the Australian state of Victoria**

Whether you are an experienced nurse, a graduate or dream of studying nursing, Deakin has the course for you.

Why choose Deakin University?

Deakin is one of the largest nursing schools in Australia and is among the best in the world. Here is why:

We have the degree for you
Deakin offers flexible degree options for expert nurses, fresh graduates from international nursing schools, and students who have just completed high school. The duration of your degree can vary from 10 weeks to three years  (or four years if considering a combined degree) dependent on your experience, qualifications, and English proficiency levels. Pathway for English studies are also available.

Graduate employment rate above national average in Australia
97.5% of Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery graduates are employed shortly after completing their degree (Latest QILT results:

Deakin nursing and Midwifery graduates are highly-sought after by employers for their knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm and problem-solving capabilities.

*QS World University Rankings by subject in 2017.
**Australian Graduate Survey (2010–15) and Graduate Outcome Survey, QILT (2016–17).


We are are a multi-award winning, internationally recognised university and we are proud to be:

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A top university worldwide

Ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide according to all major international university rankings.*
*ShanghaiRankings World University Rankings 2017

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Top young university

One of the Top 50 young universities in the world.^
^The Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings

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Top skills development

Ranked the #1 university for skills development in Victoria*
*2018 Student Experience Survey

I believe Deakin University has provided me with the skills, abilities and knowledge that are highly sought after by most healthcare institutions


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Featured nursing degrees

If you need to spend time improving your English before your Bachelor of Nursing, you can take advantage of the Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI), or you can simply start one of the degrees/courses below:

Bachelor of Nursing

Deakin's Bachelor of Nursing will provide you with the knowledge, skills and ethical understanding you need to become a competent, caring and successful nurse clinician.

Find out how to apply.

Key Facts

  • Three year degree for those with no experience or qualification in nursing
  • 2-year worth of recognition of prior learning for registered nurses (you study one year)
  • Leads to AHPRA registration, no further exam required
  • Three intakes a year (March, July, November) at two different campuses (Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waterfront Campus)
  • English for nursing pathway available.

English for Nursing

Deakin's English for Nursing course is a five-week intensive course that upon successful completion means you have met the English Language Requirements for Deakin's Bachelor of Nursing degree.

You will learn everything from communication skills and adapting to working as a nurse in Australia to working as part of a team and critical thinking in the Australian nursing environment.

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Return to practice/initial registration of overseas nurses – registered nurse

The Return to Practice or Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses - Registered Nurse is a 10-week, non-award course specifically designed to fulfill requirements for registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and is for nurses from overseas who wish to obtain initial registration in Australia.

Special requirements apply to gain entry into this program.

Key Facts

  • 10-week course consisting of six weeks in class and four of clinical placements
  • A minimum of one year of recent work experience is needed (must be in the last five years at the time the degree starts)
  • Leads to AHPRA registration, no further exam required
  • Two intakes a year (January and June) at Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus
  • Applicants must meet English requirements (IELTS 7/7 or equivalent) before they start
  • No pathway available.

While the information provided here was correct at the time of publication, Deakin University reserves the right to alter, amend or delete details of degree and unit offerings.

State-of-the-art facilities

The Clinical Simulation Centre is a flexible, ultra-modern facility that resembles real hospital wards. Students learn critical nursing skills in the same environment they’ll work in once they graduate.

Discover the Clinical Simulation Centre

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Related postgraduate degrees

Don't qualify for a nursing degree? We have the right alternative for you! This is your chance to enter a rewarding career, where you could help people to lead fuller, healthier and happier lives.

Master of Public Health

Deakin's Master of Public Health is perfect for medical professionals, allied health workers and clinicians who are looking for ‘bigger picture’ approaches that improve the health of individuals, populations, the environment and communities.

Find out how to apply.

Master of Health Economics

Deakin’s Master of Health Economics provides graduates from a range of areas – including nursing, pharmacy, commerce, public health, and more – with specialist training in the application of health economics to health policy, health technology assessment and the healthcare system.

Find out how to apply.

Master of Health and Human Services Management

Deakin’s Master of Health and Human Services Management sets you on track to advance your health career towards management and leadership roles.

Find out how to apply.

Master of Health Promotion

Deakin’s Master of Health Promotion focuses on your professional development. Our partnerships with local industry give you access to cutting-edge health promotion practice, enhance your health promotion skills and help you develop attributes valued by employers such as critical analysis, creativity, reflective practice and lifelong learning.

Find out how to apply.

Master of Nutrition and Population Health

With healthcare costs rising around the world, nutrition and diet can serve as key measures to prevent disease and help people live healthier, happier lives. If you are interested in helping communities through improved nutrition, Deakin’s Master of Nutrition and Population Health is designed to develop the knowledge and skills you will require.

Find out how to apply.

Contact us

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We have staff all over the world who can help you decide if Deakin is right for you. They can also help you complete and lodge your application. Meet up in person, or get in touch over the phone or email.Find a Deakin representative near you