Bachelor of Nursing

Why study the Bachelor of Nursing at UNE?

The Bachelor of Nursing is offered On Campus and Online and either Full-time or Part-time. Both On Campus and Online students participate in structured and timetabled learning activities.

Nursing plays a key role in health services across the world, and registered nurses work in a wide variety of settings. The Bachelor of Nursing equips graduates with the key knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of nursing. Students who successfully complete 6 trimesters of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing and are eligible to apply to become a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). The course gives graduates an appreciation of the value of life-long learning and a firm foundation for further study at a postgraduate level.

Students who hold un-restricted Enrolled Nurse registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA), can commence the course in the second year and complete two years (four trimesters) of full-time study (or part-time equivalent), graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing and are eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse.

Units are offered in all three trimesters allowing students to complete the course in two calendar years if they wish.

All students are required to undertake clinical experience. Students may study On Campus at Armidale or Online. Online study necessitates attendance at on campus Intensive schools and participation in structured and timetabled learning activities.

Alternative Pathway

Early and alternative entry pathways are offered to students who do not meet entry criteria based on previous, formal study.

Prospective nursing students who do not meet admission criteria will be able to commence in the Diploma of Community Welfare and Wellbeing or a UNE Enabling Program which consists of two units that provide a foundation for university study and two units that are in first year of the Bachelor of Nursing (HLTH101 Information and Evidence in Health and Social Care and HLTH103 Communication for Healthcare Professionals).

This special written application will only allow for entry at the beginning of Year 1.

Trimester 3 entry is available for: On campus Full-time international pathway students admitted under Rule (c) only.

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Career Opportunities

Employment as a Registered Nurse in a range of health related areas and environments.

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Up to 6 years Part-time
2 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time



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Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 3, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BN
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 008620G; 071722M
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
  • 2 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time
Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank 72.55
Fees CSP / International
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Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students [Admitted under Rule (a) or (c)] apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) (i) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); and

(ii) if admitted on the basis of an Australian school-leaving qualification, have achieved a pass in English and a science subject (other than Mathematics) in that school-leaving qualification; or

(b) hold an unrestricted Enrolled Nurse qualification (without conditions at the time of application) with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority or equivalent under the Australian Quality Framework; or

(c) for international students hold a minimum 2 year FTE post-secondary equivalent to AQF Level 5 Diploma in Nursing and be registered, licensed or recognised in their own country as registered or a professional nurse in the last ten years and comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Admission and English Language Requirements higher than the University minimum requirement Annex for Courses in Nursing (Conferring Eligibility for Registered Nurse Status; or

(d) successfully complete an application under an Approved Admission Scheme and Alternative Pathway.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English, any two units of science.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Clinical Requirements

Clinical Placement is an essential part of the Bachelor of Nursing. There are several mandatory requirements that need to be completed as part of the clinical placement process.

NSW Ministry of Health requirements

To be eligible to attend clinical placement all Bachelor of Nursing students must meet NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements within the ClinConnect system by week 9 of the first trimester of study (as per the nursing planner for the year of study). These include:

1. Adult Vaccination** as per the NSW Ministry of Health requirements for Category A Health Care Workers (Any interim compliance issued by NSW Ministry of Health has individual dates of issue and expiry)

2. National Criminal Record Check**:

Students must have a current (expires 3 years from date of issue) National Criminal Record Check and International students must also have an International Police Check or statutory declaration. A valid National Criminal Record Check must comply with the following requirements:

It must be from an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Broker Agency Accredited Body or an Australian State NSW Police or Territory Police Force or the Australian Federal Police, and

It must state that it is a National or Australia wide check, and

It must include the student's full name and their date of birth, and

It must not have any offences listed (students with criminal history must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the Employment Screening and Review Unit, NSW HealthShare), and

The name on the Police Certificate must be the same name as on the Student's ID card.

3. Overseas Criminal record Check (International Students only)

International students need to provide a copy of a recent police check from their home country to NSW Health. If the police check has not been translated into English, students will be required to sign and provide a statutory declaration outlining any offences they may have committed in their home country.

4. NSW Health Forms: These forms are set out by NSW Health and are required to completed and submitted by students in order to meet compliance. They are NSW Health Code of Conduct, Undertaking/Declaration Form, TB Assessment Tool.

** Indicates requirements that have expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for the student's entire candidature.

UNE specific placement Requirements

In addition to the above, students must meet UNE requirements by week 9 of the first Trimester of Study (as per the nursing planner for the year of study).

These include:

Completion of a mandatory NSW Working with Children Check** ( Valid for 5 years from date of issue)

Complete a UNE approved Basic Life Support and Manual Handling Course - Information on the course including dates will be provided to students at the commencement of their first Trimester of the course.

Nursing Uniform and Personal Protective Equipment

Students are advised that the approved UNE Nursing Uniform MUST be worn at all times during clinical placement and in clinical labs. All students are required to purchase the approved UNE Nursing shirt and Trousers from UNE Campus Essentials. Other garments may be purchased elsewhere however MUST comply with approved guidelines.

All facilities require that students purchase individual PPE eyewear for use on placement.

Student Declaration/Fitness for Practice Form

All students in UNE Nursing courses will be required to complette an electronic student declaration form annually.

Students who are aware of any chronic or acute injuries, illnesses or other such issues that may affect the safety of themselves or others in the clinical setting will be required to provide a Fitness for Practice Certificate signed by their Medical Practitioner prior to commencement of placement

More detailed information regarding each of the specific requirements including TB screening can be found on the Health NSW website and the School of Health Nursing Clinical Placements site.

UNE Medical centre or private GP Clinics can provide additional screening if required.

Non-compliance with the above requirements will result in students being ineligible for placement. This will result in a fail grade for the attached unit. Compliance with all the above requirements at all times remains the sole responsibility of the student.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Candidates must complete 800 hours of clinical practice (Rules (a), (c) and (d)); 640 hours (Rule (b) EEN); which is undertaken in each trimester in health facilities in NSW. Clinical practice is in blocks of two to four weeks each trimester of the course. Clinical placements occur in most area health services of NSW. Students should be aware that there are costs associated with clinical placements such as uniforms, vaccination, accommodation and travel.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule(b) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 48 credit points.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 36 credit points.

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Applications for advanced standing cannot be assessed unless the units that you are seeking credit for are complete. If you are currently enrolled in a unit and will not receive the results before the advanced standing closing dates please submit a new application once you have obtained the results.

Nursing students who seek Advanced Standing based on previous nursing studies undertaken at UNE or another university are assessed not just on unit equivalence but also on recency of study and clinical practice. Advanced standing may not be granted for clinical placement units completed more than two years ago.

No advanced standing will be granted for HSNS376.


The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents. There are also many scholarships offered from a variety of sources. A full list of scholarships and contact details may be accessed on the UNE Scholarships website

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Course rules and plans for the Bachelor of Nursing, 2019, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

The aims of this course are to prepare students to meet the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), 2016).

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a well-developed understanding of health from individual, family, community, population and global perspectives;
  2. apply knowledge and skills to provide culturally appropriate, qualify, safe, thoughtful, creative, responsible and evidence-based nursing in a variety of healthcare settings;
  3. respect the rights of individuals to make choices regarding their own health and the care they receive;
  4. advocate for vulnerable people who are unable to make or implement choices for themselves by virtue of their condition;
  5. value and incorporate health promotion and health education within nursing practice;
  6. practice within legal and ethical parameters and demonstrate accountability for their own practice;
  7. enact clinical leadership and act as a change agent within the healthcare system in order to improve outcomes for individuals and communities; and
  8. embrace the use of technology both in nursing practice and continuing professional development in order to maintain and extend their nursing knowledge and skills through experiential and self-directed learning.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students progressively develop a sound knowledge of the discipline of nursing in preparation for their roles as professional nurses through participation in online and face-to-face learning activities and clinical practice. Knowledge of the discipline will be assessed through written assignments, online tests, examinations, assessment of clinical skills in the clinical laboratory. Students will engage in learning activities in which global perspectives of nursing practice will be discussed and debated. They will be expected to show their understanding of the global nature of nursing in written assessments and demonstrate this understanding on assessed clinical placements.

Communication Skills

Students will be taught and practise relevant oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in all the units of this course. Assessment of communication skills will occur through written assignments and through assessment of clinical competence in practice.

Problem Solving

Students are taught problem-solving skills as they engage with issues of clinical governance and practise development in online, face-to-face and clinical practice activities. Their ability to solve problems is assessed across all assessment tasks in the course.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is practised and assessed through the assignment tasks attached to each unit of the course. Students are taught research skills and how to access and assess information from a variety of online and paper-based information sources.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Students learn about and develop the capacity to make ethically sound, morally just and socially responsible decisions in all the nursing units of this course. They apply this knowledge specifically to patient advocacy, safety and quality issues. They are assessed on this knowledge across all assessment tasks and apply it in practice while on assessed clinical placements.

Lifelong Learning

Students are required to set ongoing learning objectives at each stage of the course and as they prepare to transition to practice and to progressively refine their plan for continuing professional development in their nursing career. These approaches to lifelong learning will be assessed in the student's professional portfolios and in practice on clinical placements.

Independence and Collaboration

Students are taught theories of team dynamics and teamwork as they relate to a range of health care settings in all nursing units of this course. They participate as members of a health care team where they will develop and refine their skills, understanding and ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a health care team during their assessed clinical placements.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students [Admitted under Rule (a) or (c)] apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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