Study with one of Australia’s largest nursing schools, ranked in the top 20 universities worldwide for nursing.* At Deakin, you’ll benefit from extensive hands-on clinical experience, whether it’s your first year of undergraduate study or as part of a specialised postgraduate qualification.

Get work-ready

Our strong healthcare partnerships across Victoria means you’ll 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'll have the opportunity to practice real-world scenarios at our Clinical Simulation Centres. You’ll graduate with confidence in your skills and will be ready meet the high demand for registered nurses, with over 88% of our undergraduate nursing students finding employment shortly after finishing 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, 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.

Career opportunities

Both nursing and midwifery are careers rich with opportunity. As a Deakin graduate you'll be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm and problem-solving capabilities. Get ready to step into roles with the skills to provide high-quality, personal, evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. You may pursue a career in a range of settings, including:

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

You may also choose to combine your Bachelor of Nursing with another specialisation or complete postgraduate study to further develop in your chosen field.

Elevate your career with a postgraduate degree

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:

  • cardiac nursing
  • critical care nursing
  • emergency nursing
  • intensive care nursing
  • intraoperative nursing
  • perianaesthesia nursing
  • perioperative nursing.

You may also choose to specialise in one of these areas in the Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing. 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.

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.

Graduate in demand with 40,400 new jobs by 2026

Be ready to make an impact in the healthcare industry. Registered nurses are projected to have 40,400 new jobs by 2026, with the employment group predicted to grow by 13.9%.#

We focus on you

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

Who we work with

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.

Find out more about our partners

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

Research with us

Research at the school is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) and in partnership with several major healthcare providers. Our school is ranked 20th in the world,^ and the school’s cutting-edge research is recognised as well above world standard.**

Learn more about researching with us


*2022 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.
^Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020–2022.
#2021 Employment Outlook – for the five years to November 2026, Jobs and Skills Australia.
**Excellence in Research Australia, 2015–2018

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