Clinical nursing


Study with one of Australia’s largest nursing schools, ranked #16 in the world.* Benefit from extensive hands-on clinical experience, whether it’s your first year of undergraduate study or as part of a specialised postgraduate qualification.

Explore your study options

Our strong healthcare partnerships across Victoria give you the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work as a nurse with ongoing clinical placements from your first year of undergraduate study. You’ll continue to gain clinical experience if you pursue a postgraduate qualification within a chosen specialisation area. When not on placement, you can practice real-world scenarios at our clinical simulation centres.


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, masters 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.

Choose a nursing degree that will get you work ready

At Deakin there’s a clear connection between what you study and what lies ahead in your career. You’ll learn through valuable practical experiences, benefitting from our partnerships and research centres.

Benefit from partnerships

The school’s strong partnerships 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.

Improve patient care

Research at the school is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research and in partnership with several major healthcare providers. Our school is ranked #16 in the world and the school’s cutting-edge research is recognised as well above world standard.^

Professional recognition

Our nursing courses are currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and are approved by the NMBA (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia). On successful completion of one of our single degrees, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a registered nurse with the NMBA. If you complete the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a registered nurse and a registered midwife with the NMBA.

#16 in the world for nursing

Get a world-class education – we're renowned for our facilities, strong employment outcomes and teaching excellence. Graduate ready to provide high-quality patient care.

What I have enjoyed most is the clinical placements and simulations as it has really shown me what this career could look like for me.

Beth Lightbody

Bachelor of Nursing

Top roles in nursing

Be ready to make an impact in the healthcare industry. Registered nurses are projected to have 49,300 new jobs by 2026, with the employment group predicted to grow by 13.9%.#

Nursing careers are rich with opportunity, with 88% of our undergraduate students finding full-time employment shortly after graduation.** As a Deakin graduate, you'll be highly sought after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm and problem-solving capabilities.  Pursue a career in a range of settings, including:

  • acute care/sub-acute care
  • aged care
  • clinics
  • community health centres
  • district health services
  • education sector
  • emergency
  • government departments
  • hospices
  • hospitals
  • intensive care
  • maternal and child health
  • mental health
  • paediatrics
  • private industry and business sector
  • rehabilitation.

Elevate your career with a postgraduate degree

Choose to combine your Bachelor of Nursing with another specialisation or complete postgraduate study to further develop in your chosen field. Alternatively, if you wish to pursue a more general qualification, you can study a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing or Master of Advanced Nursing, all of which allow you to tailor electives to your career goals without the need to specialise.

Designed flexibly for practising nurses, Deakin’s postgraduate nursing degrees can provide a pathway into senior roles in management, education or research. Our broad set of postgraduate degrees includes specialised courses at the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level in the following streams:

World-class teaching experiences

Be ready to meet the high demand for registered nurses. At Deakin, you’ll gain the confidence and skills to provide high-quality patient care across a range of settings.

Graduate in demand

Our teachers are committed to providing a supportive, personalised learning experience, ensuring you gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to meet the challenges of a dynamic healthcare system.

Practical experience

You'll get practical experience from the beginning of your course, to develop and consolidate knowledge and clinical skills, giving you a competitive advantage once you graduate.

Want to explore more?

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in clinical nursing, we'll help get you there.

What really happens on nursing placement?

Discover how completing a placement as part of your nursing degree prepares you with the real-world skills for a successful and rewarding career.

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*2023 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.
^Excellence in Research Australia, 2015–2018.  
#2021 Employment Outlook – for the five years to November 2026, Jobs and Skills Australia.
**Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020–2022.
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

Contact us

Got a question about our nursing courses? Our expert advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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1800 693 888
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International students
+61 3 9918 9188
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