Top 5 for nursing in Australia*
Accredited by ANMAC
800+ hours of clinical experience
Current Deakin Students
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Deakin’s Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) is the only undergraduate degree of its kind in Victoria. It builds on the core units of the Bachelor of Nursing with three additional units focused on developing and enhancing your leadership potential. Through mentored learning experiences in clinical settings you’ll observe and work alongside nurse leaders from our partners, and experienced staff from our School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Throughout the course, you will also develop essential practical skills in our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centre. From the first trimester in the first year of your degree, clinical placements offer the opportunity to develop and consolidate your expertise, and are undertaken in various metropolitan, regional and rural health care settings under the supervision of registered nurses.
Eager to use your leadership skills to help those in need?
Healthcare is one of the most important priorities for populations worldwide, with nurses playing a pivotal role in delivering quality and safe services. Thanks to our extensive clinical partnership network with many of Victoria’s major healthcare providers, this course is designed to ensure you gain the leadership knowledge and hands-on skills that are most relevant to employers in the healthcare sector.
As part of your core leadership units, you’ll participate in mentored learning experiences, providing you with the opportunity to observe and work with:
- clinical nurse leaders from our partners in clinical settings
- research professors from the School of Nursing and Midwifery
- world-class educators from the School of Nursing and Midwifery
Ranked in the top 1% of universities globally*, our School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of Australia’s most research-active schools and boasts some of the best facilities and resources available. Our Clinical Simulation Centres provide a safe, supportive and realistic environment for you to develop and hone essential nursing and midwifery skills. Equipment and facilities include:
- cardiac monitoring devices
- disposable dressing packs
- high-fidelity human-patient simulators
- resuscitation trolleys
- wall oxygen and suction.
Experience being part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team and 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.
Focusing on clinical nursing leadership and management, research, and education, means you’ll graduate with confidence in your ability to successfully step into the role of a registered nurse.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) students must attain 24 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 2 credit points - click on each unit to check its credit point value in the course structure below. Students study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year. All units are core units (these are compulsory).
All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).
Level 1 - Trimester 1
Level 1 - Trimester 2
Level 2 - Trimester 1
Level 2 - Trimester 2
Level 3 - Trimester 1
Level 3 - Trimester 2
2020 course information
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
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 Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their 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 are also 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.
Essential knowledge, skills and capabilities are required to undertake and successfully complete the undergraduate nursing and midwifery courses and to practice safely as a registered nurse and/or midwife. The inherent requirements of the course are listed at School of Nursing and Midwifery Undergraduate Courses: Inherent Requirements
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This may 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 will be available to undertake clinical placements outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.
The course involves compulsory 20 weeks of clinical placement in hospitals and community health centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.
Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks listed here
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. These experiences may be undertaken in hospitals and community health care centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
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
Entry will be based on performance in:
- Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent
- Certificate IV in a related discipline or
- Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline or
- Successful completion of relevant study – equivalent to at least two Deakin University units – at an accredited higher education institution
- Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including Foundation program approved by Faculty Board, or relevant work or life experience.
Applicants should have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
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
Learn more about fees.
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.
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
How to apply
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
View pathways into the Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) with our pathways finder.This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.
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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.
As a Deakin nursing graduate, you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism and ability to provide personal, evidence-based care – which is why we are proud to record a high graduate employment rate of over 95%.
On completing this course, you will be able to bring your nursing and leadership skills to life in a range of professional settings. You may find roles in all areas of nursing, such as:
- acute care/sub-acute care
- aged care
- government departments
- district health services
- community health services
- the education sector
- private industry.
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).
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.
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.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Practise comprehensive, safe and evidenced-based nursing care by applying nursing knowledge to make thorough and systematic nursing assessments, identify patient problems and clinical risk and develop plan of care in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and the multidisciplinary health care team.
Accurately evaluate patient response to care.
Use clear and appropriate language to establish, maintain and appropriately conclude therapeutic relationships when interacting with patients, families, and health care team members to ensure information is understood and necessary actions are taken.
Demonstrate clear and accurate documentation in relation to patient management.
Use technologies to locate, select, and disseminate information to patients, significant others, and members of the health care team.
Use technologies to deliver safe and quality patient care.
Analyse and interpret patient assessments and make critical judgements about approaches to care, within an evidence-based framework that reflects an understanding of the dignity, religion, culture, values, beliefs and rights of patients and their significant others.
Evaluate and reflect on practice in a range of contexts
Apply knowledge to make thorough and systematic nursing assessments, identify patient problems and clinical risk and develop plan of care in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and the multidisciplinary health care team.
Respond effectively to rapidly changing situations in patient care to create best practice solutions using discipline knowledge, evidence, professional, social, legal and ethical considerations.
Exhibit expected professional behaviours in practice responsibly within the framework of a health care team structure and maintain a personal knowledge base through critical reflection and lifelong learning practices.
Reflect on self and practice contexts to identify personal learning needs and is self-directed to seek additional knowledge and/or information when required
Collaborate effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team and recognise the roles and functions of other members in providing comprehensive care to meet optimal health outcomes.
Practise within the recognised scope of practice for a beginning registered nurse.
Apply nursing knowledge to provide professional and ethical care in diverse contexts in accordance with social, cultural and environmental considerations, and in accordance with legal and ethical requirements.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019