Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Undergraduate degree

Fuel your interest in mental health nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science at Deakin University. Learn more and enrol today.

Key facts

English language requirements

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


4 years full time

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Deakin's Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science develops your understanding of human behaviour and builds the skills needed to become a successful nurse. With a wealth of real-world skills gained through your clinical placements, you will graduate ready for work as a registered nurse. You will also be eligible to pursue further study towards qualification as a registered psychologist.

This combined degree helps you understand personality, the brain, emotion, underlying mental processes and the factors that lead to changes in behaviour. You will learn in our purpose-built clinical simulation centres, which replicate real-world hospital and community settings with state-of-the-art equipment. Plus, you will put your knowledge to work with 800 hours of clinical placements in various metropolitan, regional and rural healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners.

Do you have good communication and decision-making skills and want to make a genuine difference in people’s lives?

The wide range of units within the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science provides you with a scientific knowledge base for mental health practice, including psychological testing and measurement, mental health promotion and research.

Graduate with solid clinical experience and the knowledge and skills to comprehensively care for patients and their families. Your nursing clinical placements begin in Trimester 1 of your first year and continue throughout every trimester of the course.

As one of the most research-active schools in Australia, our School of Nursing and Midwifery also boasts some of the best facilities and resources available. Equipment and facilities include:

  • cardiac monitoring devices
  • disposable dressing packs
  • high-fidelity human-patient simulators
  • resuscitation trolleys
  • wall oxygen and suction.

With so much diversity and growth in the healthcare sector, you will be in the best position to follow your interests and shape your future. The nursing component of your degree provides eligibility to become a registered nurse through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Similarly, the psychology stream of your degree is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and is accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APAC). This is the first step in your journey to becoming a qualified psychologist.

To progress your career in psychology, an approved fourth year of psychology study will allow you to apply for provisional registration with the PsyBA and seek associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society. In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete a further two years of supervised practice, or a minimum of two years of postgraduate study.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science students must attain 32 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. All units in this course are core units (these are compulsory).

These core units provide you with an opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary learning. You will gain an understanding of basic scientific foundations in the areas of biomedical and human behaviour studies.

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

If you are studying at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool some units may only be available in Cloud (online) in years two, three and four. If you are enrolled at the Waterfront (Geelong), you will be required to take some units at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

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

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.


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)

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1
  • Quality and Safety in Health Care
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Assessment
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2
  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Understanding Health
  • Quality Use of Medicines
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Health Behaviour
  • Understanding Research Evidence
  • Mental Health and Illness
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • The Older Person and Supportive Care
  • Psychology Research Methods (Introductory)
  • Human Social Behaviour
  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour (Cloud (online) at Warrnambool)
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Community Nursing Practice
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Personality (Cloud (online) at Warrnambool
  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Chronic Illness and Supportive Care
  • Leadership and Clinical Governance
  • The Human Mind
  • Psychology Research Methods (Intermediate)
  • Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Comprehensive Nursing Practice
  • Psychopathology
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science


    2022 course information

    VTAC code
    1400414083 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514083 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    1400714083 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    079499D Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing clinical placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Inherent requirements

    A number of inherent requirements are essential to safely perform the skills and functions of the nursing role and consequently to undertake and successfully complete the course. Learn more about the School of Nursing and Midwifery's Undergraduate Courses Inherent Requirements.

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Learn more about Working with Children Checks.

    Police Record Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course.  Learn more about the National Police Record Check.


    Prior to commencing clinical placements students are expected to provide evidence of current immunisation status.


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

    Participation requirements

    Students will be expected to complete 800 hours of supervised workplace experience in the Bachelor of Nursing.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here:

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Clinical practice - Nursing

    Beginning soon after commencement of the course, early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. These may be undertaken in hospitals and community health care centre in metropolitan rural and regional areas.

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

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    English language requirements 

    ANMAC additional English language proficiency requirements

    In addition to meeting the Deakin English language requirement, it is an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) accreditation requirement that applicants meet the English Language requirements of the ANMAC Accreditation Standards leading to initial registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) at commencement of their course. These requirements include a self- declaration that English is their primary language, evidence of achievement of the minimum English language test result as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard or hold current registration with APRHA as an Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse.

    Nursing English Language Requirements Self-Declaration

    VTAC applicants will be provided with this information via the VTAC application process.

    Applicants applying directly to Deakin are required to complete and submit the Deakin University Nursing English Language Requirements Self-Declaration form with their online course application via the applicant portal.

    Primary language

    NMBA requirement is that English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one or more of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    English language test

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meet the requirements for test results specified in the NMBA English language skills registration standard:

    - ELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band less than 7.0);

    - OET: minimum score of B in each of the four bands;

    - TOEFL iBT: minimum overall score of 94 (with minimum score of 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking)

    - PTE Academic: minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 65)

    Applicants can obtain further information about the Standard at:



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

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning. The Deakin University policy on Recognition of 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, and TAFE awards.

    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, Recognition of Prior Learning policy and procedure, July 2003) and the guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning as approved by the NMBA.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight 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 international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Career outcomes

    As a registered nurse with psychology experience, you will be a unique graduate who can pursue career opportunities around the world, in a range of work settings, including:

    • mental health rehabilitation
    • youth work
    • careers counselling
    • community development and work/life counselling
    • hospitals
    • homes
    • hospices
    • aged care settings
    • clinics
    • schools
    • universities
    • community health centres
    • government agencies and private industries.

    Alternatively, if you are interested in pursuing a professional career in psychology, your next step involves enrolling into an approved ‘fourth year’ of psychology study (such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology), after which you may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and seek associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

    In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists can then complete either two years of supervised practise, or two years of postgraduate study - such as Deakin’s Master of Psychology (Clinical), Master of Psychology (Organisational), or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) (with supervised practice completed outside the degree).

    Professional recognition

    On successful completion of your course, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    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 PsyBA and enabling you to undertake additional study in pursuit of provisional registration.


    The NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements.

    This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.

    The Psychology Board of Australia is retiring the 4 plus 2 internship pathway. The last date to commence the internship part of this program is 30 June 2022. Any current students enrolled in a Deakin undergraduate psychology course who will graduate from their fourth (honours) year before this date, and meet the criteria set out by the board, may still be able to complete the 2 year internship. Any students looking to commence their Deakin undergraduate psychology course from 2020 onwards, will be unable to complete this specific pathway to general registration. For the most up to date information on the internship pathway, and other pathways to general registration, visit .

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

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