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Bachelor of Nursing

The University of Newcastle

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As one of the most trusted professions, nurses make a real difference to the health and
wellbeing of the community and are essential within any healthcare system or facility. Nurses work in varied and fast-paced environments, providing quality health care to individuals, families and communities and are highly employable across Australia and around the world. Whichever direction you choose for your career as a registered nurse, when you study a Bachelor of Nursing, you can be sure that you will be making an important and meaningful contribution to society.

Applicants should note that each campus location has a unique UAC code for where students will undertake their on-campus studies. Those wishing to undertake the degree need to include the UAC code on their UAC application that matches the location for where they wish to study. Offers are made to a particular campus and are non-transferrable.

Once you are admitted, you must hold a current:

  • Provide First Aid Certificate 
  • HLTAID011 Mental Health
  • First Aid Certificate.

Note: The Bachelor of Nursing works on an extended academic year, with Professional Experience Placement generally commencing in mid-January and concluding early/mid-December.

Areas of study

Acute care, bioscience, child and adolescent health, community health, health promotion and education, indigenous health, lifespan approach, medical and surgical nursing, mental health, older people, pharmacology.

Career opportunities

Registered nurse in positions such as clinical nurse specialist; clinical nurse consultant; nurse educator; nurse manager; nurse practitioner, nurse researcher.

Professional recognition

Nursing graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practice as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Practical experience

This degree requires students to participate in Professional Experience Placements in NSW Health facilities. During placement, you will be subject to NSW Health policies and procedures. You must also meet all NSW Health verification requirements before attending professional experience placement. Clinical placement requirements. For information on these requirements visit the University of Newcastle placement essentials.

You will complete 800 hours of compulsory Professional Experience Placement. Delivered in placement blocks (two weeks to six weeks), this includes morning and evening shifts, weekends, and public holidays. Night duty is introduced in your final year.

Bachelor of Nursing (Hunter) 483600: If you choose this option, you will be undertaking your on campus studies at the Callaghan campus in Newcastle.

Bachelor of Nursing (Central Coast) 483610: If you choose this option, you will be undertaking your on campus studies at the Central Coast Clinical School in Gosford.

Clinical placement is conducted in a variety of settings, including medical-surgical facilities, acute care, community health and major teaching hospitals, mental health settings, aged-care facilities, rural and remote health placements, international placements.

As well as venues in Newcastle and the Central Coast, it is expected that you will be available to attend venues across regional and remote centres in the Hunter and far north, south and west of NSW including but not limited to: Northern NSW (e.g. Grafton, Lismore, Tweed Heads), Hunter New England (e.g. Armidale, Moree, Tamworth), Western NSW (e.g. Bourke, Cobar, Dubbo, Moree), Far West (e.g. Balranald, Broken Hill), Central West (e.g. Bathurst, Cowra, Orange). Travel, accommodation and related expenses for clinical placements will be your responsibility.

Hands-on clinical experience is also gained in the simulated learning environment on campus.


Available as an additional year (or part-time equivalent)  to students based on merit.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Inherent requirements: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise the academic integrity of the program. It is your responsibility to check all the requirements of courses and to consider the effects of any medical condition, impairment, or disability on your ability to complete course requirements.

Inherent requirements for studying nursing at the University of Newcastle

Also check the special requirements and policies for this course.

School Based Traineeship (SBT) Admission Pathway for 2023 and 2024 NSW HSC students

To be considered for 2025 entry under the School Based Traineeship pathway, applicants must inform the domestic admissions team at the University of Newcastle by e-mailing Admissions@newcastle.edu.au so that their application can be manually reviewed and assessed. Applicants will not be automatically identified.

To be eligible for admission via this pathway, applicants must satisfy all listed criteria:

  • Be a current school leaver, completing the NSW HSC in 2024 or have completed the NSW HSC in 2023; and

  • Successfully complete the NSW Department of Education School Based Traineeship, including:
  1. Completed Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care) HLT33115; and
  2. NESA HSC Human Services courses, including either codes 27109 and 27101 OR 27109 and 27102; and
  3. Successful completion and accumulation of 100 days/shifts of industry-based learning in a recognised public hospital across the NSW Health system. This must be equal to at least a minimum of 700 hours of paid on the job training. (A minimum of 600 hours of paid on the job training will be accepted for 2023 HSC graduates only).

Documentary evidence must be provided for assessment purposes and be able to support the above requirements. Clear colour copies or certified copies of supporting documents must be uploaded to the applicant’s UAC application, including:

  • Completed Higher School Certificate (HSC) and Record of Achievement, which lists the Human Services courses; and
  • A letter from NSW Health that verifies a minimum of 700 hours (or 600 hours for 2023 HSC graduates) of industry-based learning has been completed by the applicant; and
  • Certificate of Proficiency issued from the NSW Department of Education and Training to support that the traineeship was successfully completed.

Once applicants have completed their HSC, obtained their supporting materials, and uploaded them to UAC, they are required to e-mail the University of Newcastle Admissions team at Admissions@newcastle.edu.au so that the application can be reviewed. Don’t forget to list the VET Certificate III qualification in your UAC application. Always include your UAC application number in any correspondence.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Standard 2, Chemistry and/or Biology, any 2 units of English.

If you have not previously studied one or more of these subjects or have limited knowledge in them, we strongly encourage you to consider enrolling in bridging courses. NUPrep Bridging provides free academic preparation and support short courses, available both on campus and online, to complete before starting your degree.

Explore NUPrep Bridging Courses

Current nationally accredited first aid certificate and appropriate ICT skills also assumed.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have completed or partially completed higher education studies, your grade point average can be converted into a selection rank for admission into our undergraduate programs.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you completed or partially completed competency-based vocational education and training (such as TAFE, a private Registered Training Provider, or vocational studies undertaken in high school), this can be used to determine your eligibility for admission.

Completion of studies at an AQF Level 4 (Cert IV) or higher Guarantees Entry into many of our undergraduate programs.

Review the Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you do not have an ATAR (or equivalent) or formal qualification, Newcastle University provides a range of pathways toward your preferred degree. Regardless of your age or experience, there is a place for you.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have completed prior studies at another higher education institution or registered training organisation, you may be eligible to receive credit towards your undergraduate degree. Please note that you must apply for admission before applying for credit.

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2024 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year Bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.