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Bachelor of Nursing

Program code: 2241
QTAC code: 728502
CRICOS code: 050456J

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

3 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)

If you want an important and in-demand career that makes a difference, nursing is for you. Gain the necessary knowledge and hands-on experience needed to successfully work in multidisciplinary teams to promote quality health outcomes for clients in your care.

  • UQ's Bachelor of Nursing is a respected and innovative program developed in consultation with healthcare professionals. It takes a narrative and inquiry-based approach to learning and integrates lecture-based study with clinical placements in major hospitals.
  • Start your practical-based healthcare experience in your first semester of study at your home hospital group, where you will undertake rostered clinical placement shifts as well as clinical skills simulation sessions.
  • Consolidate your skills and develop your confidence through extended specialist clinical placements in your final year, in areas such as aged care, community health, critical care, emergency medicine, mental health, and paediatrics.
  • Be confident and job-ready after spending more than 1000 hours on supervised clinical placements across your program. Placements are designed to consolidate your knowledge with the aim of meeting competency standards for registration.

UQ nurses are competent, capable, and caring professionals who are the eyes, ears and heart of healthcare.

  • In the classroom

    Hands-on skills

    Learn from lecturers who are among the best in Australia and are leaders in both teaching and research. You'll also be taught by our practising clinicians who have a wealth of nursing experience.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International study options

    Because this program is designed to meet international best practices standards, you can go on exchange during the first or third year. We have nursing exchange programs with the University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Manchester and University of Nottingham.

  • Teaching spaces

    Hospital placements

    UQ partners with a number of hospitals in South East Queensland including the Mater Hospitals (South Brisbane, Springfield and Redlands), Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, Logan and Redlands Hospital, Caboolture Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee and Holy Spirit Northside Hospitals.

  • Beyond the classroom

    The right fit

    Upon enrolment you will be able to preference a home hospital group to undertake the majority of your clinical placement, ensuring a learning atmosphere that suits your goals and interests. Please note that hospital partners are subject to change and final approval.

  • Professional experience

    Clinical placements

    A dedicated team will help you arrange your placement. In addition to your placement hospitals, you can expect to undertake your studies at the St Lucia campus, the Francis Baron Burnett Simulation Centre and Greenslopes Hospital, or the Mater Hospital at South Brisbane.

  • Alumni
    “Throughout my degree I had the opportunity to complete placements in a range of different departments including paediatric emergency and the adult intensive care unit (ICU).” Philomena Massey, BN graduate (2015)

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing are distinguished by their breadth of knowledge, professional readiness, initiative, and problem-solving skills.

Our graduates typically find employment in a range of different public and private healthcare settings, including:

  • Aged care
  • Cardiac nursing
  • Community nursing
  • Critical care
  • Day surgery nursing
  • Drug and alcohol nursing
  • Home-care nursing
  • Emergency care
  • Indigenous health
  • Infectious disease
  • Medical/surgical nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Neonatal nursing 
  • Neuroscience nursing
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse manager
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics and child health
  • Perioperative
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rural and remote area
  • School-based health nursing
  • Sexual health nursing
  • Transplant nursing.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Fast Facts

    One more year, one more degree

    With just one more year of study, you can complete a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Midwifery simultaneously as a dual degree, and qualify as a midwife as well.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Join a growing profession

    There is a worldwide shortage of trained nurses, and Australian employment prospects are projected to increase by 18.7 per cent during the next five years (2015 Industry Employment Projections report, Department of Employment).

  • Careers

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Summary

  • Program code
    2241
  • QTAC code
    728502
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code
    050456J

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Nursing are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Nursing are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Nursing. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of health care organisations. You will have the opportunity during your placements to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life setting.

You will commence your clinical placements in the first semester of the program. Over the first two years of the program you will normally complete 15 x 8-hour shifts per semester and in the final year you will complete extended full time clinical placements.

Location
Upon entering your program you will preference and then be allocated to a home hospital group. For further information on home hospital groups, visit the following website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian College of Nursing

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by:

  • Australian Nursing And Midwifery Accreditation Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Nursing and Midwifery board of Australia (for registration eligibility information visit http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Graduate-Applications/Apply-Online.aspx)

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Nursing may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Nursing:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $31,360
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR recertification (approx $55)
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approx $155)
  • Police check for criminal history ($45)
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased from the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Nursing depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Nursing is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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