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. 

Please note: due to high interest and limited capacity, students are encouraged to apply early to secure a place within this course.

Campus delivery

This course is delivered at both the Hawthorn and Wantirna campuses. Please note, if you choose the Wantirna campus intake, you will be required to attend the Hawthorn campus one day per week for classes.

  • VTAC Code: Bachelor of Nursing Wantirna 3401011301
  • VTAC Code: Bachelor of Nursing Hawthorn 3400211301
Intake at capacity

We've reached capacity in this course for the Block 1 intake in January 2024. If you'd like to know more get in touch with us today.

There’s still time to start in Semester 1

Don’t wait another year to start your undergrad or TAFE study. Start your application now and be in class by the end of February.

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:

  • 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 IV (completed), diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).

ATAR Minimum Entry Score

65.0

2023 lowest rank to receive an offer [before adjustment pts.]

52.35

You’ll be guaranteed a place in this course if you meet or exceed the ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score, provided you meet the course prerequisites.

If your ATAR is below the guaranteed entry score, you can still be offered a place as your ATAR may be adjusted based on subject bonuses, equity schemes or other factors. Use the above ATAR as a guide on your eligibility, and see the course handbook page for more information on entry requirements. 

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

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

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.

Students enrolled in this course may be required to complete an annual N95 Mask Fit Test prior to commencing placement.  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

The Bachelor of Nursing has program entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. All students entering this program must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the program.

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 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.
  • You have successfully completed at least five (5) years (full-time equivalent) continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, in a recognised country that is a combination of:

a)    tertiary and secondary education taught and assessed in English; o

b)    tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or

c)    combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and

           assessed in English; or

d)    tertiary education taught and assessed in English

The last period of education must have been completed no more than five years prior to applying for registration.

  • Test pathways – below is a list of the approved tests and the minimum scores required:
  • IELTS (academic Module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components
  • OET with a minimum score of B 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

20
Core 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
Indigenous Health
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
HEA20006
Strengths Based Nursing and Health Promotion
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR10008
Semester 2
Ethics and Law in Health Care
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR10004
Foundations of Nursing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points, 80 placement hours
NUR10005
Concepts of Aged Care
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR10006
Physiology in Health Science
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR10009
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
Mental Health Nursing
Core unit, 25.0 credit points, 160 placement hours
NUR20002
Acute Nursing Care
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR20005
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Nursing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR20007
Semester 2
Nursing Research
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR20003
Managing Chronic Care
Core unit, 25.0 credit points, 160 placement hours
NUR20006
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 unit, 25.0 credit points, 240 placement hours
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 unit, 25.0 credit points, 160 placement hours
NUR30005
Leadership and Digital Health Technologies in Nursing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NUR30008

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$4,445

Total fee* ($AUD)

$13,335

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$41,240.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2024 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) 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. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). 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.

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.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

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.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

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 20 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 through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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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.

NOTE: Advanced Entry applications must be submitted directly to Swinburne.


NOTE
: Advanced Entry applications for this course in Semester 1, 2024 have now closed.

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

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 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
Apply through VTAC
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211303
Apply through VTAC
Intake at capacity

We've reached capacity in this course for the Block 1 intake in January 2024. If you'd like to know more get in touch with us today.

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Note:

  • Semester 1 standard intake is for direct year 12 entry (or equivalent) into the degree.
  • Block 1 intake is for students who have completed a Diploma of Nursing or have approved advanced standing.
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