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BA-NUR Degree

Bachelor of Nursing

I am a domestic student

65

ATAR Minimum Entry Score
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Hawthorn

Semester 1

Overview

Our Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for the diversity and complexities of 21st century nursing. 
 
At Swinburne, you'll benefit from our focus on technology and innovation, and our small class sizes which provide more individualised support. Your clinical skills will be developed safely using simulation technology and realistic case studies. 

There's still time to get your application in for Semester 1

Haven't quite gotten around to applying direct to your chosen Swinburne course? Don't fret. There's still plenty of time to get your application in, and start in Semester 1.

Your industry experience

All our bachelor degrees include a guaranteed Work Integrated Learning opportunity. This degree features work placement as a professional accreditation requirement. You’ll complete 800 clinical practicum hours in varied clinical settings. In Nursing Projects (NUR30007), you'll collaborate with industry partners on a student-led project. 

Skills you’ll learn

  • Time management
  • Problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Wound management
  • Technical skills

Your career opportunities

  • Registered nurse

Key codes

CRICOS course code
097923K
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211303
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211301
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Professional accreditations

Why Swinburne?

5 stars for learner engagement

#1 in Melbourne for staff:student interaction

#1 in Melbourne for graduate satisfaction

93% of graduates found employment within 4 months of completing their course

Qualifications

One of the following:

  • the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).

One of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees).

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent
  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent
Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Other requirements

All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check (from the Appropriate State Authority) and a current Police Check throughout the duration of the course.

Evidence of a completed adult vaccination program is required before clinical placements are undertaken.

Students enrolled in this course may be required to apply for and receive an acceptable National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening Check prior to commencing placement with an NDIS provider. The relevant fee is the responsibility of the student.

View the Informed Choices statement, which provides information about the inherent requirements of nursing, specifically the essential physical and behavioural abilities needed to perform assessment tasks and professional placements in nursing and progress to a career in this field. This information is intended to assist you to choose whether you can successfully participate in and complete a course.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

  • English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six (6) years of continuous education that is equivalent to secondary education taught and assessed in English (including at least two years between years 7 and 12) in one of the recognised countries*;

  • IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components;

  • PTE (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills; 

  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and a minimum score of 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking;

  • OET Nursing profession test and a minimum score of B (more than 350 marks) in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) from a single test sitting. NOTE: Results are to be valid for a maximum of two years from the test date.

    *Recognised countries include Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America.

Course deferral

Due to high interest and limited capacity, students will be unable to defer their place in this course.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Apply for a pathway course

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides credit (advanced standing) to the second.

Only students who have completed a Diploma of Nursing at a public TAFE or dual-sector institution, and who possess a graded transcript for their qualification, are eligible.
 

Note: This information should be used as a guide for those who have completed a course and are seeking credit into another course. For those yet to commence their course, during the time taken to complete, this information may change. Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree. Progression to professional degrees may be subject to additional criteria or academic performance.

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing requires students to complete units of study to the value of 300 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

  • 20Core units
  • =
  • 3-year bachelor degree

What your course could look like

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Anatomy and Physiology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
BIO10004
Health Assessment and Decision Making
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR10001
Connecting with Culture: Indigenous Australian Experiences
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INS10001
Strengths Based Nursing and Health Promotion
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR10008
Semester 2
Ethics & Law in Health Care
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR10004
Foundations of Nursing
Core and placement unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR10005
Concepts of Aged Care
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR10006
Physiology in Medical and Health Sciences
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NTR20003
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Pathophysiology and Acute Nursing Care
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR20005
Managing Chronic Care
Core and placement unit, 25.0 credit points
NUR20006
Pharmacology in Nursing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR20007
Semester 2
Mental Health Nursing
Core and placement unit, 25.0 credit points
NUR20002
Nursing Research
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR20003
Nursing Children and Young People
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR20008
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Preparation for Entry to Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR30002
Complex and Community Care
Core and placement unit, 25.0 credit points
NUR30009
Clinical Governance and Quality Care
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR30004
Semester 2
Nursing Projects
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR30007
High Acuity Nursing
Core and placement unit, 25.0 credit points
NUR30005
Leadership and Digital Health Technologies in Nursing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR30008

2023 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$4,124

Total fee* ($AUD)

$12,372

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$37,400

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.
     

Note: There is a 10 per cent discount for on-time payments of your student contribution if you pay a minimum of A$500.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BA-NUR
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CRICOS code
097923K
Course code
BA-NUR
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Apply through VTAC

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC.

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211301
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VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211303
Apply through VTAC