Bachelor of Nursing Science (Graduate Entry)

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Samantha (Sam) Edwards
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Samantha (Sam) Edwards

Switch to a rewarding career in nursing.

Use credit from another undergraduate degree you’ve completed to make a career change to become a registered nurse.

In this practical degree, you’ll learn about anatomy and physiology, drug therapy, comprehensive health assessment and care of people. Learn from experienced clinicians in work placements in hospitals, aged-care facilities, health agencies and community settings.

When you graduate from this program, you may apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

On completion of your nursing program you will need to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registration standards including English Language Skills and Criminal History. Please review these standards on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website: NMBA registration standards

In this program you will:

  • Complete 800 hours of work placements in clinical settings
  • Learn about anatomy and physiology, comprehensive health assessment, and drug therapy
  • Assess and care for patients
  • Continue learning through an honours or Master’s program to specialise in nursing

No further credit can be applied for from the undergraduate degree.

Admission requirements

Applicants must complete an (unspecified) Australian bachelor degree (AQF Level 7), or equivalent degree from an international university.
Applicants from a non-English speaking background must attain an IELTS score of at least 7.0 including at least 6.5 in each subtest. Refer to English language requirements.

Post-admission requirements

Before undertaking clinical placement, students must obtain and maintain a current first aid and CPR certificate, obtain the Mental Health First Aid online learning certificate, provide evidence of immunisations, 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, regional and remote, mental health, Indigenous health, aged care and industry settings.

Graduates are eligible to become members of:
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
  • Australian College of Nursing
Registration

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.

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Domestic students 

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

Exceptions

The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
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