Bachelor of Nursing

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 fast-paced environments, providing quality healthcare 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 and those wishing to undertake the degree need to include the UAC code for the location where they wish to study on their UAC application. Offers are made to a particular campus and are non-transferrable.
This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW Health facilities. During placement, students will be subject to NSW Health policies and procedures. Students must also meet all NSW Health verification requirements before attending clinical placement. Clinical placement essentials.

Students should also be aware that they may be required to undertake clinical placement and/or classes outside normal semester dates.

Students enrolling in this degree are required to obtain a WorkCover-approved Provide First Aid Certificate during semester 1.

Areas of study: Aged care, human bioscience, mental health, and primary, secondary and tertiary nursing.

Career opportunities: Registered nurse in areas such as aged care, mental health, community health, critical care, intensive care, oncology, operating theatres and paediatrics; clinical nurse specialist; clinical nurse consultant; nurse educator; nurse manager; nurse practitioner, nurse researcher.

Professional recognition: Nursing graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Practical experience: 800 hours of compulsory clinical experience. Clinical placements occur in blocks and involve morning and evening shifts. Night duty is introduced in your final year.

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 (eg Tweed Heads, Grafton, Lismore), Hunter New England (eg Armidale, Tamworth, Moree), Western NSW (eg Walgett, Bourke, Dubbo, Cobar), Far West (eg Broken Hill, Balranald), Central West (eg Bathurst, Orange, Cowra).

Students are expected to attend clinical placement hours as allocated; this may include morning, afternoon and night allocations. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for clinical placements will be the responsibility of the student. Hands-on clinical experience is also completed in simulation laboratories on campus.

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

Fees and charges: Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Bachelor of Nursing and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Students may be required to practise hands-on examinations and simulated treatments/procedures with other students in laboratory classes. Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the degree and work in the profession should contact the University prior to applying.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Standard 2, Chemistry and/or Biology, any 2 units of English. Current nationally accredited first aid certificate and appropriate ICT skills also assumed.

If you have not studied these subjects, you are strongly advised to undertake bridging courses conducted by the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre at the University during January and February. Bridging and enabling courses.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Student profile

Further information

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

Course updates
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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 with honours 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 honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)


  1. 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 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. 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 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. 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
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria