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Bachelor of Nursing

Campus North Terrace Campus
Teaching Hospitals

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324341


The Bachelor of Nursing is designed for students who have a strong desire to support people and their families in need of medical assistance, supervision or rehabilitation, and for those who wish to explore the exciting and broad fields of health across promotion, maintenance, advocacy and care.

This degree is for students who wish to become registered nurses with hands on experience across a variety of clinical and non-clinical areas, across both city and rural locations. The Bachelor of Nursing from University of Adelaide is unique in that students gain extensive practical experience in the clinical setting, more so than is traditionally taught in university degrees.

Throughout the degree, students will be placed in a range of health facilities and community settings. These will provide students with a variety of clinical experiences, opportunities to practise and to consider career options as a graduate nurse.
  • Program Structure
    From early in first year, students attend lectures three days per week and will be on clinical placement for the remaining two days, allowing the integration of theory into practice. In the second and third year of the degree students attend two days of university and three days of placement. University-based study and clinically based learning are central to student learning.

    Full-time Nursing students can expect to spend about 12–25 hours on campus each week in lectures or tutorials, between 8am and 9pm, Monday to Friday. Students will also attend clinical placement from early in their first year, which will involve a range of shifts (including weekends). Attendance at all clinical placements is compulsory. The amount of contact time often approaches 40 hours per week, with each year of the degree extending beyond and across the usual academic periods. A strong commitment to the degree is required. 

    Part-time students can complete the Bachelor of Nursing by following the strict course structure which can be obtained by contacting the School of Nursing. The courses to be completed each semester are non-negotiable and students must attend the associated clinical placements.

    Enrolled nurse pathway

    This pathway is designed for enrolled nurses who wish to study to become registered nurses. Applicants must be registered as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (or be eligible for enrolment). Successful applicants will be granted one year’s (full-time) credit towards the Bachelor of Nursing. Applicants considering this pathway need to be aware of the need to complete a rural placement, which begins early in the year of enrolment.

  • Assessment
    Assessment in this degree consists of formative and summative work including but not limited to essays, case studies, tests, poster presentations, presentations, structured clinical assessments, examinations, competency workbooks and online virtual simulations.

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  • Admission and Fee Information

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 324341
    2016 CSP IB 26
    Mid-year entry? No
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent (48 units) university study. You compete on the basis of your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 2: Biology

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. You compete on the basis of your best Grade Point Average (GPA).
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Diploma or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All students will require a National Police Clearance Certificate before starting clinical placements in Week 8, first year. This will be at the students own expense.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324341

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 7 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 057076J
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1540
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] [1] 70%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Bradford Foundation Program 70
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Strict quotas apply. The standard cut-off is the minimum academic threshold, above which applicants will be ranked on merit. In addition to academic performance, other selection criteria may affect merit ranking.
    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    International ATAR 70
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500
    Mid-year entry? No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 2: Biology
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Indicative study plan

    Year 1               
    S1 NURSING 1004 Communication and Professional Nursing I NURSING 1005 Biology for Nursing Practice NURSING 1006 Microbiology and Infection Control NURSING 1007 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing I
    S2 NURSING 1008 Communication and Professional Nursing II NURSING 1009 Pharmacology for Nursing I NURSING 1010OL Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice NURSING 1011 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing II
    Year 2S1 NURSING 2007 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing III NURSING 2004 Nursing and Older People NURSING 2005 Biology of Human Disease I NURSING 2006OL Chronic Disease and Disability
    S2 NURSING 2008 Biology of Human Disease II NURSING 2009OL Community Health and Primary Care NURSING 2010 Pharmacology for Nursing II NURSING 2011 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing IV
    Year 3S1 NURSING 3004 Mental Health Nursing NURSING 3005 Nursing in Complex Settings I NURSING 3006 Nursing in Complex Settings II NURSING 3007OL Nursing in an International Context
    S2 NURSING 3008EX Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Health NURSING 3009 Leadership and Transition to Practice NURSING 3010 Nursing in Complex Settings III NURSING 3011OL Palliative Care Nursing

    For an indicative timetable, please refer to the Program Information Leaflet.

  • Career Opportunities

    This degree provides a professional qualification, which is recognised for registration as a nurse Australia-wide, and supports application for registration in a number of countries around the world.

    Qualified nurses have a wide range of career options, from working in public or private hospitals, to community health care, aid organisations and regional health care.

    Potential careers

    Registered Nurse, Nurse

  • Graduate Attributes
  • Professional Accreditation
    The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council is responsible for accreditation of nursing degrees leading to registration.

    Just prior to completion of the degree, students apply to Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. In order to be able to register as either an enrolled or registered nurse, all applicants must comply with the English language skills requirements as determined by AHPRA.

  • Work Placement
    Students will work in clinical areas as members of a health care team, with additional clinical support from clinical lecturers. Placements will vary across different practice settings, from acute care and tertiary to primary health care areas. For example, clinical placement may be undertaken at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (North Terrace and Glenside campuses), Calvary Health Care Group Adelaide and the Resthaven Group of residential care facilities. 

    One of the most important strengths of this innovative degree is the substantial length of time dedicated to learning in practice. Students will be introduced to the practice environment in a structured manner and will be able to integrate knowledge with practice. Clinical placements are not restricted to the University teaching semesters and will extend from 35 to 40 weeks (two days per week in year one, three days per week in years two and three). Placements, which are compulsory, will be in both metropolitan and rural areas of South Australia. Students will be required to attend early, late, night and weekend shifts. The amount of contact time often approaches 40 hours per week. Therefore, it is recommended that students have access to a mode of transport for the duration of the degree.

    All costs associated with the second year rural placement are the responsibility of the student. Depending on the locations available, costs to attend rural placement can exceed $1,000 to cover accommodation, food and living-away from-home expenses.

    During placement, students will be required to comply with the School of Nursing dress standards. The cost of uniforms, which must be worn on placement, are the responsibility of the student. Students must be aware that they will need to comply with the policies and procedures (e.g. correct use of theatre attire) as prescribed by the health care site.

    Students who undertake clinical placements, internships and research projects involving children, or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable, must obtain the following clearances before attending clinical placement:

    • AHPRA student registration
    • criminal history clearance
    • immunisation  
    • prescribed communicable infections screening
    • tuberculosis screening.

    Students who do not meet the above requirements are at risk of not completing the degree, as placements are a compulsory component of the degree. For further information, visit: Faculty of Health Sciences.

  • Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

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Last updated: Monday, 16 May 2016


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