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).

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Summary

  • Program code
    2241
  • 728502
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

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.

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