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How long you will study
3 years

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AUD 31160 per year

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About Bachelor of Nursing at University of Newcastle, Australia

Improve countless lives.

As a registered nurse, you will work in a diverse and fast-paced medical environment to provide quality health care and support to individuals, families and communities. If you have a passion for caring for people and are interested in fulfilling a diverse range of roles in a health environment, then a Bachelor of Nursing at one of three UON locations is for you.

As one of Australia's most trusted professions, nurses make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the community and are essential within any health care system or facility. This also means nurses are highly employable; your nursing career could take you across Australia and the globe, working in public and private healthcare facilities in areas across a range of disciplines in the health sector. Whichever direction you choose for your career, you can be sure that you will be making a meaningful contribution to society as a registered nurse.

Why study with us?

  • Be work-ready with 800 hours of clinical experience and accreditation from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
  • Grow your international networks while making a lasting contribution in countries like Thailand as part of a study tour.
  • Our nursing graduates get jobs. In 2015, 96% of UON nursing graduates were employed within four months of completing their degree.

What will you study?

A Bachelor of Nursing at UON will give you the opportunity to study a wide range of courses. You will have the opportunity to study your courses in face-to face learning and online. Our nursing degree offers plenty of hands-on experience in clinical laboratories and placements.

Be inspired by our enthusiastic and experienced clinical educators and internationally ranked researchers who bring their courses to life and share their love of learning. Our teaching excellence ensures you will gain the knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning in preparation for the dynamic and unpredictable nature of the nursing profession and nursing research.

Study areas include nursing theory and practice in:

  • primary, secondary and tertiary nursing
  • aged care
  • mental health
  • human bioscience


UON Nursing graduates enjoy great employment rates. The 2015 Australian Graduate Survey reported that 96% of our graduates found jobs within four months of finishing their degree.

As a nurse you can establish a career in areas such as:

  • aged care
  • mental health
  • community health
  • oncology
  • emergency
  • immunisation

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBNursHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsFebruaryDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesAUD 31160 per year

Entry requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. 

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Find out if you are eligible for bonus points.

Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline within Australia is IELTS 7.0.

Current Australian Year 12 Students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Year 12 Bonus Point Scheme:

  • Biology (Band 5 - 6) 2 points
  • English (Advanced) (Band 6) 2 points OR English Ext 1 (Band 3 - 4) 4 points OR English Ext 2 (Band 2 - 4) 4 points
  • Chemistry (Band 5 - 6) 2 points
  • Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

    Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:

    • Previous Year 12 studies and/or
    • Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
    • Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
    International Students

    International students currently undertaking:

    • an Australian Year 12 in Australia
    • an Australian Year 12 outside Australia
    • an International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia

    Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

    All other international students:

    Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement.

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