Bachelor of Nursing Science

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Bachelor of Nursing Science


Applications now closed for Semester 2 entry into the Bachelor of Nursing Science – Sippy Downs campus

Program summary

Care for people and help them achieve good health with a rewarding nursing career.

Our program is designed to meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse and you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Pursue your passion for health care and develop your scientific knowledge of bioscience, anatomy and physiology, mental health, drug therapy and research. There is an option to complete a mental health major.

You’ll complete an eight week nursing internship to gain practical experience and it could even help you secure a job at the end of your degree. Clinical placements are supervised by experienced clinicians in a variety of hospitals, aged care facilities, health agencies and community settings.

If you are an Enrolled and Advanced Enrolled Nurse, this program also allows you to convert your qualifications to the current Registered Nurse level. Choose to take further postgraduate study to specialise in midwifery, mental health, or emergency advanced practice.

Post-admission requirements

Before undertaking a clinical placement, students must obtain and maintain a current first aid and CPR certificate, provide evidence of hepatitis B immunisation, undergo a criminal history check and obtain a Blue Card. Refer to Program requirements and notes.

Career opportunities

Nurse in acute care, armed forces, community, rural, mental health, Indigenous health, aged care or industry settings.


Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA); Australian College of Nursing.


Students in nursing and midwifery programs are required to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as students under the national law. USC arranges registration. Refer to the (AHPRA) website for detailed information.

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as nurses in Australia with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, which is a Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has a number of registration standards that graduates must demonstrate in order to be eligible for registration. For example, graduates must demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7, with 7 in all subtests, or equivalent before being considered for professional registration. For full details of the AHPRA Registration Standards, visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Application and admission advice

Contact Student Central
+61 7 5430 2890
Ground floor, Building C, Sippy Downs

What will I study

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Complete all courses as listed below.
  • (Optional) Select a Mental Health Major, after consultation with the Program Leader.
  • Register any selected Majors with your Faculty.

In order to commence clinical placement you must:

  • Hold a valid Blue Card from the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA), throughout the duration of your program. You should allow 12 weeks for PSBA to issue the card. Note: students who do not possess a valid Blue Card will be unable to complete the clinical practice component of their program and will be unable to meet graduation requirements.
  • Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state / territory authority).
  • Show evidence of complete Hepatitis B vaccination (3 inoculations over a period of six months).
  • A current First Aid and CPR certificate is required from an organisation recognised by the Australian Resuscitation Council before commencing clinical practice.
  • Travel to attend clinical placements.
  • Have a level of computer literacy, including word processing and email.

Note: You are required to commence action of the above requirements immediately after enrolling. Hepatitis B immunity can take up to six months to determine and the processing of your USC Blue Card Application Form can take up to 10 weeks. Visit Nursing and Midwifery - Clinical Placement for more information about these requirements before you apply.

Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses).
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods.
  • The Study Overseas Program is not currently available to nursing students.
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.
  • When enrolling, please refer to the Study Plan.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Open enrolment dates

Enrolments for Session 4, 2016 open on 18 April 2016.

Enrolments for Study Period 2, 2016 (Semester 2, Trimester 2, Sessions 5, 6 and 7) open on 30 May 2016.

Enrolments for Trimester 3, 2016 open on 5 September 2016.

New students

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your classes.

International students should skip directly to Step 2: Enrol in your classes for enrolment steps.

Please note: USC will complete the enrolment for:

  • Headstart students
  • Honours students (excluding Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) students)
  • Cross-institutional and visiting students  
  • Higher Degree by Research students

Continuing students

Information on how to enrol is contained in tutorial videos in the USC Central Guide.

Your study load can be varied between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in a study period. Your Study Plan in USC Central will guide you.

Use the Study Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree. Make sure you have your courses covered by following the Planning your study instructions and the Timetable Planner to plan your class times for the upcoming semester / trimester / session.

Refer to the timetable for class information and the Academic Calendar for key semester / trimester / session dates.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the classes you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, details of the course requirements can be found in My Courses in BlackBoard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

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