Our strong healthcare partnerships across Victoria mean you'll get to experience just what it's like to work as a nurse with clinical placements happening from your first year. When not on placement, you'll have the opportunity to practice real-world scenarios at our Clinical Simulation Centres. You'll then be able to graduate knowing you're ready to tackle all the field has to offer – with over 95% of our undergraduate nursing students finding employment shortly after completing their degree.*
Undergraduate (your first degree)
An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.
Postgraduate (further study)
A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.
Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)
Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.
Non-award courses are generally single units of study that don’t add up to a university qualification. They’re a great way to explore an area of study before committing to a full degree, and can often be used as credit towards a degree course. Short courses and stand-alone study abroad programs also fall under this category.
When you finish the Bachelor of Nursing, you'll be highly sought-after for your ability to provide personal, evidence-based care. You'll be set for all sorts of careers and pathways, including:
- acute care/sub-acute care
- aged care
- district health services
- education sector
- government departments
- intensive care
- maternal and child health
- mental health
- private industry
I work with children of varying ages, from infancy to adolescence. I'm an advocate for patients and their families, ensuring support is provided, while also educating parents when needed.
Bachelor of Nursing graduate, employed as a registered nurse at University Hospital Geelong
Deakin University School of Nursing and Midwifery
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin is one of the largest in Australia, and is committed to providing excellence in its courses through an emphasis on current trends and evidence-based practice in nursing.
We focus on you
Our teachers are committed to providing a supportive personalised learning experience for every student, ensuring they achieve the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to meet the challenges of a dynamic healthcare system. You'll get practical experience from the beginning, to develop and consolidate knowledge and clinical skills, giving you the employment edge on graduation day.
Who we work with
The school’s partnership networks with healthcare organisations have led to a range of innovative clinical learning models. This gives you access to a wide variety of healthcare environments and clinical learning experiences.
Research with us
Research at the school is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research and in partnership with several major healthcare providers.
Recent research at Deakin
Medical emergencies and patient safety
Professor Tracey Bucknall and her team are examining patients' understanding, of their role in noticing and reporting their deteriorating status, and its impact on prevention of serious adverse events.
*Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2018 QILT survey (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning (QILT)
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