Duration3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Brisbane and Rockhampton
Next start termTerm 2, 2024
Study modeOn Campus
Course codeCL91
First-year fee
A$35,160 (Indicative)
Nurse talks to patient holding a clipboard in a hospital ward.


Whether you have always dreamed of being a nurse, or your lived experiences have ignited your passion to make a difference through healthcare, our accredited Bachelor of Nursing will prepare you for a rewarding and diverse career as a competent and effective Registered Nurse (Division 1) General.

This course prepares you to be reflective about your practice as a nurse and develop clinical reasoning skills in order to confidently and safely engage in contemporary nursing practice in a variety of environments and contexts and adapt to the needs of people from diverse backgrounds.

You'll acquire skills to provide person-centred care and collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Plus, seek evidence to ensure safe quality practice and act in a professional, ethical and compassionate manner. In addition, you will learn to nurture the development of nursing as a practice discipline and demonstrate leadership in healthcare. You will explore how life-long learning skills can facilitate continuing professional development.

Our highly trained and experienced nursing lecturers will support you while you develop your professional nursing profile. You will develop your skills and knowledge through a combination of theoretical and extensive clinical learning experiences including simulated training across our nationally located Clinical Learning Centres which simulates a real-world setting for you to safely practice in, and completion of 800 hours of professional practice placements commencing in your first year of study. Benefit from our enhanced learning experience and launch your nursing career.


Nursing has become a really great career opportunity to consider. There’s so much you can do with a nursing qualification. There’s a high demand for qualified nurses.

A clinical unit is a unit where you’re going to be in the labs, which we call our clinical learning space is set up similar to behind me today, that’s where we have a simulated hospital environment.

So, in the simulated environment we have lots of different ways that we teach what we’re doing. You may have heard of MaskED where the educators use a simulated person or a simulated puppet to extract information to be able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of a patient.

We have lots of strong partnerships with our industry partners so not just with acute hospitals but with GP surgeries, with community, with mental health even correctional centre nursing.

We have clinical placements. A student must do 800 hours minimum of clinical placement. Our students will go to settings like the hospital, mental health community, they could go to an A&E, an ICU, a paediatric area that interests you.

What that offers then is your opportunity to show yourself while you’re on clinical placement to the people that are going to employ you later.

One of the best things about my course is the opportunity to do placements.

It’s like going in different clinic settings to practice the nursing skills that are taught at the Uni.

What I like most about my placements is that the nursing staff were accommodating, and the patients were so willing to be involved in the learning of Registered Nursing students like me.

I want to continue on this journey when I graduate. I want to be a part of the nursing workforce in this country.

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited throughout Australia with an external body and it has to meet certain attributes for our students to be considered ready to go on to AHPRA, which is where we are registered once you finish your degree.

I believe becoming a registered nurse in Australia gives you great career opportunities. There are many choices to choose from depending on what interests you the most.

The beauty of an Australian nursing degree is the international recognition that Australia has. We have a reciprocal arrangement with New Zealand, so Australian nurses and New Zealand nurses do move across the borders. Also because of our degree a lot of countries seek nursing graduates.

Nursing to me is a fantastic foundational degree and as I say you can make many careers out of one Nursing degree, you’ll never get bored.

Study experience

  • CQU Nursing student, Ivy Vana, smiling in uniform, in a medical room
    One of the best things about my course is the opportunity to do placements. The nursing staff are accommodating and the patients are willing to be involved. I want to continue on this journey and be part of the nursing workforce in this country.

    Ivy Vana

    Bachelor of Nursing I Philippines

Career Opportunities

In the final year of the course, students usually apply for a new graduate nursing position in a hospital and health service or other healthcare organisation where they will have the opportunity to further consolidate their knowledge and skills in nursing.  The broad nature of nursing and healthcare allows opportunities for employment and/or specialisation in environments such as acute hospital services, community health, mental health, residential and aged care, indigenous health, and rural and remote health.

Structure & Availability

The Bachelor of Nursing requires you to complete 23 core units, a total of 144 units of credit.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab. The units in the handbook are listed in the order that you should complete them. By completing these units in a different order, you may delay your progress and extend the length of your study. 

If you have already completed a study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2023Brisbane, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2023Brisbane, Rockhampton
Term 1, 2024Brisbane
Term 2, 2024Brisbane
Term 1, 2025Brisbane
Term 2, 2025Brisbane

For international students commencing at the University in 2023 – please note our Rockhampton North campus is restricted to students eligible for advanced standing or recognition of prior learning (RPL).

All other international students commencing in 2023 will be admitted to our Brisbane campus.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

All Compulsory Residential Schools:
Year 1
NURS11166 Health and Assessment in Nursing (3 days)
NURS11170 Professional Experience Placement 1 (3 days)
Year 2
NURS12161 Professional Experience Placement 2 (3 days)
NURS12162 Mental Health Professional Experience Placement (2 days)
NURS12164 Professional Experience Placement 3 (3 days)
Year 3
NURS13142 Professional Experience Placement 4 (4 days)
NURS13145 Professional Experience Placement 5 (4 days)

Professional Practice - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)


The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). The Bachelor of Nursing leads to eligibility for registration as a nurse (Division 1) in Australia.

Professional Experience Placement 1 - NURS11170

Professional Experience Placement

Professional Experience Placement 2 - NURS12161

Professional Experience Placement

Mental Health Nursing with Professional Experience Placement - NURS12162

Professional Experience Placement

Professional Experience Placement 3 - NURS12164

Professional Experience Placement

Professional Experience Placement 4 - NURS13142

Professional Experience Placement

Professional Experience Placement 5 - NURS13145

Professional Experience Placement

Depending on clinical placement availability, you may need to travel within or outside of your state for your clinical placement.


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements.

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Course fees

Indicative First Year Fee

This is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course, shown in Australian dollars (A$), for one academic year and is based on a full-time study load (8 units over 2 terms). 

Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change.

International Course Fees

A scholarship can help with the costs involved with living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel, and more.

You may be eligible for a 25% international scholarship funded by the University.

We also offer other scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for the one that's right for you.

Browse our scholarships

In addition to your international course tuition fees, you must have sufficient funds to cover other study and living expenses. 

This will include costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), general living, etc.

Information about cost of living in Australia

Overseas Student Health Cover

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.