Student applications

The School of Nursing and Midwifery welcomes applications from Year 12 school leavers, non-school leavers, enrolled nurses, overseas nurses and nurses returning to the workforce.


Year 12 school leavers

Applications for undergraduate courses should be made via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions System (VTAC).

Non-school leavers

If you have not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or have not undertaken any tertiary study within the last ten years, you are required to undertake a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice.

Note: if you are registered or eligible to register as an enrolled nurse, you are not required to sit the STAT.

All applicants that would like other information to be considered during the selection process are encouraged to complete and submit a VTAC personal history form. This may include information such as work and community experience, or reasons for applying. 

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation via the VTAC system in support of their application.

Enrolled nurses

The School of Nursing and Midwifery welcomes applications from enrolled nurses.

Enrolled nurses who hold a Diploma of Nursing and are eligible to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) can be granted up to 8 credit points of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) in the Bachelor of Nursing, or up to 5 credit points of CPL for the combined degrees.

For enrolled nurses who do not hold a Diploma of Nursing, yet are eligible to be registered with the NMBA, CPL will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Note: a maximum of 8 credit points may be granted in the Bachelor of Nursing and up to 5 credit points for the combined degrees.

As CPL is spread across the three years of the course, students have a reduced study load for the duration of the course. CPL is granted for Trimester 1 of the course and studies commence in July (Trimester 2) or November (Trimester 3) of the first year. 

Students who elect to accept CPL for any unit must ensure they have achieved the intended learning outcomes for that unit and are current in that knowledge and clinical skill.

Enrolled nurses wishing to commence one of our nursing degrees may also apply for Trimester 2 or 3 commencement by direct applications via the applicant portal.

Overseas nurses

Are you an overseas qualified registered nurse with Australian permanent residency?

For further information on how to obtain registration as a general nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), please contact the School of Nursing and Midwifery to discuss our pre-registration program.

Nurses returning to the workforce

If you have been registered previously as a general nurse in Australia but have not had recent nursing experience and wish to update your skills and knowledge, the return to practice and initial registration (overseas nurses) course, is specifically designed to fulfill registration requirements for the NMBA. 

Please note, this is a full-fee paying course.

Contact us

School of Nursing and Midwifery
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School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, Victoria 3125