Bachelor of Nursing
Make a difference every day
Nurses are highly respected members of the community. They help treat patients in all sorts of health care settings and touch lives with empathy and compassion.
Nursing is flexible, exciting and challenging. It’s a rewarding profession full of problem-solvers and pillars of strength.
The Adelaide Nursing School is ranked first in South Australia for graduate employment and third in Australia for overall educational experience*.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Nursing supports you in becoming a confident and responsible registered nurse. You will:
- develop hands-on skills in high-tech simulation settings
- benefit from clinical and non-clinical placements across metropolitan and rural locations
- explore contemporary issues around health promotion, maintenance, advocacy and care
- undertake interprofessional learning with other health care students.
Where could it take you?
You’ll emerge with a professional qualification recognised Australia-wide, ready to pursue rewarding roles in rural communities, operating theatres, emergency wards, and a multitude of other health care environments.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2019 CSP ATAR||75.4|
|2019 CSP IB||27|
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||62.25|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||83.08|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||98|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||75.4|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||87.18|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||99.4|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|Additional criteria considered||Selection rank only|
|Recent Secondary Education||Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Assumed Knowledge||SACE Stage 2: Biology|
|Additional Entry Requirements||
All students will require a National Police Clearance Certificate before starting clinical placements. This will be at the students own expense.
|Higher Education Study||You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Vocational Education and Training (VET) study||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.|
|Work and life experience||To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Other Entry Pathways|
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2019|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||27||8.9%|
|(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide||
|Additional English Tests accepted||Occupational English Test (OET) - A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)|
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||70|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||25|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||17|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||25|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||6|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||65%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||4.6|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||74|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||60%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1120|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||6|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.2|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||7.5|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||2.67|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||70|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||70|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||339|
|ANU Foundation Studies||64|
|Monash Foundation Year||67.5|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||70|
|UNSW Foundation Year||6.5|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.5|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||56|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.0|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||70|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||60%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Other Qualifications||Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs|
Additional Entry Requirements
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
Commonwealth-supported place: $6,670
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $35,500|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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.
Please see the inherent requirements for nursing programs for more information.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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 and a range of other health care providers.
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 compulsory and not restricted to the University teaching semesters. Placements will be in both metropolitan and rural areas of South Australia and students will be required to attend early, late, night and weekend shifts. Therefore, it is recommended that students have access to a mode of transport for the duration of the degree.
All costs associated with the 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 Adelaide Nursing School 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 (undertaken on the student's behalf)
- criminal history clearance and a national police clearance
- prescribed communicable infections screening
- tuberculosis screening.
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.
Health Administrator, Hospital Worker, Mental Health Worker, Registered Nurse, Midwife, Nurse
A strong commitment to the degree is required, as teaching activity extends beyond the standard semester period. Students are required to attend compulsory skills and simulation classes.
Students will attend compulsory clinical placements, which involve a range of shifts (including weekends). Clinical placements require a significant time commitment and may include shifts across a 24-hour roster.
Part-time students can complete the Bachelor of Nursing by following the prescribed course structure which can be obtained by contacting the Adelaide Nursing School. 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 are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, who wish to study to become registered nurses. Applicants must be registered as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Successful applicants will be granted 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 their enrolment.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
|S1||NURSING 1004 Communication and Professional Nursing||NURSING 1005 Biology for Nursing Practice||NURSING 1006 Microbiology and Infection Control||NURSING 1007 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing I|
|S2||NURSING 1008 Professional & Ethical Nursing Practice Considerations||NURSING 1009 Pharmacology for Nursing I||NURSING 1011 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing II||NURSING 1012 Aboriginal Healthcare|
NURSING 2004 Nursing and Older People
|NURSING 2005 Biology of Human Disease I||NURSING 2006 Chronic Disease and Disability||NURSING 2007
Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing III
|S2||NURSING 2008 Biology of Human Disease II||NURSING 2009 Community and Primary Health Care||NURSING 2010 Pharmacology in Nursing II||NURSING 2011 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing IV|
|Year 3||S1||NURSING 3004 Mental Health Nursing||NURSING 3005 Nursing in Complex Settings (Perioperative)||NURSING 3006 Nursing in Complex Settings (Maternity and Paediatrics)||NURSING 3007 Nursing in an International Context|
Leadership and Transition to Practice
Nursing in Complex Settings (Critical Care)
Cancer Care and Palliative Care Nursing
Safety & Quality Care in an Evidence Based Framework
ALL COURSES ARE WORTH 3 UNITS UNLESS SPECIFIED OTHERWISE
Updated: October 2019
Study plan is subject to change due to accreditation and course availability.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 16 Jun 2020