Bachelor of Nursing

Campus North Terrace Campus
Teaching Hospitals
Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324342
CRICOS 057076J

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, compassion and humour.

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.

Note: if you join in the middle of the year, you’ll initially only be able to study this degree part-time. There are exceptions for international students, who'll be issued an alternative study plan. For more information, refer to Degree Structure.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code
    2018 CSP ATAR 75.05
    2018 CSP IB 26
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February.

    There is the possibility that a midyear intake may be opened up if there are places available.

    Enquiries Future Students team
    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 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (such as bonus points)).
    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.

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      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). 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 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC:

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 057076J
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    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
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 24
    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%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    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 Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70
    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
    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
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,575

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Annual tuition fees 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.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    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 Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry 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 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
    • criminal history clearance and a national police clearance
    • immunisation  
    • prescribed communicable infections screening
    • tuberculosis screening.
    Please see the clinical placements page for more information. 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 and Medical Sciences.

    Professional Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. In Australia, all undergraduate programs leading to registration as a nurse must be accredited every five years. The curriculum at the University of Adelaide is subject to (re)accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia from 2018.

    Graduate 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.

    Potential careers

    Registered Nurse, Nurse

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via Study Overseas, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Overseas Experience

    Nursing students can travel to Germany, Austria, Singapore or Japan to take part in clinical placements/observation as part of their studies.

  • Degree Structure

    From early in their degree, students attend a combination of lectures and clinical placements, allowing the integration of theory into practice. In later years of the degree students have further opportunities to blend theory and practice. University-based study and clinically based learning are central to student learning.

    A strong commitment to the degree is required, as teaching activity can extend beyond the standard semester period. Students may be required to attend compulsory skills and simulation classes on occasional weekends during semesters.

    Students will attend compulsory clinical placements, which involve a range of shifts (including weekends). Clinical placements require 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.
    Semester 2 commencement
    Students who commence in semester 2 are offered a part-time study pathway, with the exception of international students who will be issued with an alternative study plan. The focus in the early years of the degree will be theory and clinical simulation, with placement commencing the following year. For applicants seeking full-time enrolment an alternative study plan is available. For more information please contact the Student Support Centre via email.

    Students will attend compulsory clinical placements, which involve a range of shifts (including weekends). Clinical placements require significant time commitment and may include shifts across a 24 hour roster.
    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 their enrolment.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    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 1010 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice NURSING 1011 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing II
    Year 2 S1 NURSING 2007 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing III NURSING 2004 Nursing and Older People NURSING 2005 Biology of Human Disease I NURSING 2006 Chronic Disease and Disability
    S2 NURSING 2008 Biology of Human Disease II NURSING 2009 Community Health and Primary Care NURSING 2010 Pharmacology for Nursing II NURSING 2011 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing IV
    Year 3 S1 NURSING 3004 Mental Health Nursing NURSING 3005 Nursing in Complex Settings I NURSING 3006 Nursing in Complex Settings II NURSING 3007 Nursing in an International Context
    S2 NURSING 3008 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


    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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  • Further Study

    Multiple opportunities exist after graduation for further study in a variety of nursing specialisations. Please visit the postgraduate degree finder for more information.
  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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    The annual Open Day and Information Night events provide an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Thursday, 6 Dec 2018