Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Undergraduate degree

This combined undergraduate degree provides insights into promoting health and preventing disability, and allows you to graduate as a Registered Nurse.

Top 28 for nursing worldwide*

920+ hours of workplace experience

Accredited by ANMAC

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
75.5
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Develop the critical knowledge, skills and ethical understanding to successfully become a registered nurse, balanced with a deep understanding of the skills required to help people engage in healthier lifestyles. Deakin’s Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion enables you to make a difference in the health outcomes of individuals, communities and global populations.

Gain a valuable mix of hands-on clinical practice and theory throughout the course. Clinical placements begin in Trimester 1 of your first year and continue throughout every trimester of the course. You’ll undertake over 920 hours of work placements in various settings under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You’ll also gain specialised knowledge in public health and health promotion, learning to tackle health issues and boost wellbeing through combined approaches involving community engagement, policy development, research and more.

Passionate about helping people lead healthier lives, across clinical and community settings?

This combined degree in nursing and public health and health promotion gives you the advantage of learning skills in two differing facets of health care. Public health is the organised response by society to protect and promote health and prevent disability. By looking at the patterns of health and disease, public health focuses on the health of populations, rather than at the level of the individual. Health promotion is about working with people to improve their health and creating environments that support health – be they environmental, legal, physical, economic or social.

You will also get the chance to study the foundations of health promotion practice, such as:

  • biostatistics
  • environmental health
  • epidemiology
  • health sociology
  • planning and evaluation.

While you will graduate with a suite of specialised and highly sought-after healthcare skills, you’ll also leave Deakin instilled with lifelong competencies, in areas such as:

  • research
  • analytical thinking
  • project management
  • communication
  • community development.

Deakin’s purpose-built nursing Clinical Simulation Centres simulate real healthcare settings. They provide you with the facilities and equipment required to develop practical nursing skills, which are further enhanced through your clinical placements.

In your final year, you’ll also have the opportunity to build practical industry experience in public health through the Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum unit, giving you 120 hours of invaluable real-world experience.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion 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).

You must fulfil the requirements of each of the two degrees in your course of study.

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.

See course entry for Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313).

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

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Year

2021 course information

VTAC code
1400514021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D381
CRICOS code?
018323M
Level
Undergraduate
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)

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 work 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.

Immunisations

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

Workload

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. 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 and 120 hours of fieldwork in public health and health promotion.

Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

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

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.

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.

Public Health and Health Promotion

The Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum requires you to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of work experience in a health-related agency. In addition to developing a practical understanding of public health-health promotion, this experience will help you further develop the professional and personal skills required to work in a public health-health promotion role.

Entry requirements

Current or recent Year 12

If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

Prerequisite subjects

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

ATAR

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

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

Higher education experience

If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Personal statement

Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

STAT Multiple Choice

All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV).  Enrolled Nurses applying for Nursing courses are not required to sit the STAT Multiple Choice. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

English language test selection

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency either by providing a written declaration that English is their primary language or evidence that they have achieved the minimum English language test results as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard.

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

VET education experience

If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Personal statement

Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

STAT Multiple Choice

All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV).  Enrolled Nurses applying for Nursing courses are not required to sit the STAT Multiple Choice. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

English language test selection

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency either by providing a written declaration that English is their primary language or evidence that they have achieved the minimum English language test results as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard.

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

Work and life experience

If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Personal statement

Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

STAT Multiple Choice

All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV).  Enrolled Nurses applying for Nursing courses are not required to sit the STAT Multiple Choice. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

English language test selection

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency either by providing a written declaration that English is their primary language or evidence that they have achieved the minimum English language test results as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard.

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

Selection adjustments

Subject adjustment

A study score of 35 in Biology, any English, Health And Human Development or any Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study.

A study score of 30 in Biology, English other than EAL, Health And Human Development or any Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

Access and equity

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

Admissions information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Recognition of prior learning

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
Learn more about fees.

The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete 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 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.

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.

Entry pathways

View pathways into the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion with our pathways finder.

Alternative exits

Contact information

Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888
myfuture@deakin.edu.au

 

Why choose Deakin

Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

Top 28 for nursing worldwide*

5-star rated university^

Pathway to becoming a fully registered nurse or a career in public health

#1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction#

Career outcomes

As a registered nurse with public health and health promotion knowledge, you can pursue career opportunities around the world in a range of work settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • homes
  • hospices
  • aged care settings
  • clinics
  • schools
  • universities
  • community health centres
  • government agencies and private industries.

The skills you will develop in the growing public health and health promotion area will qualify you to work in diverse areas, including:

  • health education
  • health and human services
  • public health communication
  • health policy development and implementation.

Your knowledge of the social and environmental factors that affect the health of individuals and populations will prepare you for a career in a range of clinical and community settings, such as:

  • public health
  • schools
  • rehabilitation
  • health education
  • voluntary organisations
  • patient support agencies
  • working abroad.

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 may also be eligible to become a member of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

Notes:

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

Bachelor of Nursing component: 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.

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion component: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.


: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

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 Public Health and Health Promotion (H313)

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
^QS Stars University Ratings 2016–2017
#Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).