Bachelor of Nursing - CL91

The Bachelor of Nursing provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable you to be a competent and effective Registered Nurse (Division 1) General.


On Campus


SR:66 ATAR:66




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time




English, Maths, Biology or Science



Study the Bachelor of Nursing and gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a Registered Nurse (Division 1). 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.

Through this course, you will acquire skills to provide person-centred care and collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. You will 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.

Clinical learning is a key element of the Bachelor of Nursing and you will be required to undertake 800 hours of professional experience placement in a variety of settings with different health organisations. You must meet specific mandatory health, safety and security requirements to be eligible to attend each professional experience placement. Professional experience placements may be limited in your community. This means that you may be placed in other locations and you may be required to relocate to complete your placements.

This course provides you with learning opportunities to meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards (2019). Please note that this is a new course available for intake in 2021, and is subject to accreditation from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). 

Core Units 23 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2021Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021Rockhampton

Please note that this is a new course available for intake in 2021, replacing CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing. This new Bachelor of Nursing is subject to accreditation from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Online study
As an online student, you can enjoy the flexibility of studying when and where it suits, with the added support of our local campuses in Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville. The course content is delivered online, however, you will be required to attend face-to-face components such as residential schools on campus. Our nursing residential schools are held on campus in Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville or at our study site in Port Hedland, which means that if you live in one of these locations, or close to them, there's no need to relocate to complete your studies. And, if you live outside of these locations, you have the flexibility to choose the location, out of those listed above, that best suits you to complete your residential schools.

The face-to-face components of this course include seven residential schools; two scheduled in the first year, three in the second year and a final two in the third year of your studies, along with six clinical placement blocks scheduled throughout the course. This means that your study integrates a blend of on-campus learning, clinical placements and online study - a delivery combination that builds your skills, knowledge and experience in nursing along with your self-learning and time management skills.

Clinical Placement Blocks
Due to the limited availability of placements, some block placements have a start and/or end date that fall outside standard term dates.

Applying to study in Term 2 (July) 2020?
If you are interested in applying to commence your study in Term 2 (July) 2020, you will need to apply for CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing.

Transition arrangements are in place if you start your studies in Term 2 2020 so that you seamlessly transition from CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing into this new course in 2021. We're here to support you as this transition takes place in 2021 and our nursing team will work with you to provide you with relevant course planners and study plan. 

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Professional Experience Placement 5NURS13145Professional Experience Placement
Professional Experience Placement 4NURS13142Professional Experience Placement
Professional Experience Placement 3NURS12164Professional Experience Placement
Mental Health Nursing with Professional Experience PlacementNURS12162Professional Experience Placement
Professional Experience Placement 2NURS12161Professional Experience Placement
Professional Experience Placement 1NURS11170Professional Experience Placement
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)

Rank Threshold
SR 66 | ATAR 66.0

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

All applicants for the Bachelor of Nursing are required to provide evidence of demonstrating your English language competency in one of the following ways:

English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. Recognised country means one of the following countries: Australia; Canada; New Zealand; Republic of Ireland; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States of America.


English Proficiency Assessment

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the scores as below. English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study.

1. IELTS (academic module). We only accept test results from one test sitting; or

a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if:

  • you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any component of the test is below 6.5

2. OET. We will only accept test results from one test sitting; or

a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if:

  • you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 8 in each component across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any component of the test is below C.

3. PTE Academic. We will only accept test results from one test sitting; or

a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if:

  • a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58.

4. TOEFL iBt. We will only accept test results from one test sitting; or

a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if:

  • a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and you
  • achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any of the sections is below:

20 for listening; 19 for reading; 24 for writing and 20 for speaking

NOTE: Students who were not born in any of the above recognised countries need to be aware of the English Requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia that need to be demonstrated prior to registration. Please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for information on this requirement -

Security Requirements

Working with Children Check - can take over 28 business days, you must apply at least 6 weeks prior to the mandatory check closing date.

Australian Federal Police Check - can take over 28 business days, you must apply at least 6 weeks prior to the mandatory check closing date.

CQU Student Declaration

CQUniversity Student ID

NB. Pre-WIL Compulsory Conditions can be outside of CQUniversity's control and are therefore subject to change.

Health Requirements

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) - Professional Experience Placement (PEP) – An activity that integrates academic learning with its application in the workplace. In nursing, it is referred to as placement or professional experience placement.

Attending professional experience placement is not automatic. To be eligible to attend clinical placement students must satisfy a list of requirements known as Pre-WIL Mandatory Conditions or Mandatory Checks.

The pre-clinical mandatory check submission deadline occurs up to three months prior to the commencement of each term that you are enrolled in. This date is to ensure that your mandatory checks are in order before you are deemed eligible to attend, and are allocated a professional experience placement the following term. You should allow sufficient time to familiarise yourself with what is required of you and the timelines involved.

Pre-WIL Compulsory Conditions Closing Dates and Placement Release Dates

These requirements are set in accordance with the University’s approved:

· Vaccination Principles

· Work Integrated Learning Policy and Procedure

In addition, there may be student professional experience placement requirements specified by contracted industry partners.

It is your responsibility to keep these checks up-to-date and to adhere to the Pre-WIL Compulsory Condition requirements for your own safety and the safety of others during your professional experience placement.

Failure to complete all pre-WIL Compulsory Conditions by the publicised deadline will disqualify you from attending professional experience placement, and will significantly impact your ability to complete your course in your desired timeframe.

Once you accept your offer and have your student login details, you will have access to the Moodle site Nursing Central. Nursing Central provides a link to the Professional Experience Placement (Work Integrated Learning) Moodle site.

All mandatory check evidence must be submitted via the university placement management system SONIA.

A minimum of 800 hours professional experience placement in an off-campus health care setting is an integral component of the Bachelor of Nursing course. (Students may be required to complete more than 800 hours due to some organisation's make up time policy).

NB. You may be required to travel to complete your professional experience placement. 

Professional Experience Placements are organised in blocks of time as per the relevant unit requirement.  They are located in various health care organisations throughout Australia where a service agreement is in place, and are therefore not negotiable.

Assumed Knowledge

   Domestic students

   Students without Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended to undertake one of the following access programs:

  • Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)
  • Tertiary Entry Program (TEP)

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.

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.  These units and the overall course are subject to approval for accreditation by ANMAC during 2020 for a proposed commencement Term 1 2021.

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

South AustraliaONL: 5C4045
Western AustraliaONL: 152511
VictoriaONL: 1700110551
New South WalesONL: 162511
QueenslandONL: 851525; ROK: 850426

CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for a career as a registered nurse and offers you enhanced learning experiences.

Our Bachelor of Nursing will build your professional profile and prepare you to successfully enter and work within the field of nursing. Early in your studies, you will learn about the profession of nursing, which will introduce you to and build your knowledge of not only the nursing profession but the opportunities available in your career as a nurse. Throughout your studies, you will complete authentic assessments and learning activities that are structured in a way that provides plenty of opportunities to build your skills, knowledge and hands-on experience relevant to your nursing career. You will also be provided with career preparation tools such as an e-portfolio that you can use to showcase your abilities to potential employers and facilitate career planning while you are a student and upon graduation.

We’ve enhanced the learning experience at CQUni so that you can build your skills, knowledge and professional profile seamlessly. You’ll experience new ways to learn through innovative and modern learning technologies, authentic assessments and a broad approach to work-integrated learning. As a student, you’ll be exposed to innovative and new technologies such as simulated and interactive learning experience such as MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation), and Tag Team Patient Safety Simulation (TTPSS) designed to broaden your experience and enable you to engage with your studies in new and different ways.

You will have ample opportunities to connect with your profession through 800 hours of professional practice placements, broken into six placements in total throughout the duration of your studies. Your professional practice placements are scheduled so that there is one in your first year, three in your second year and two in your third and final year. In addition to these professional practice placements, you will participate in simulated learning activities at your nominated Clinical Learning Centre at one of the CQUniversity accredited delivery sites in Rockhampton. These simulations will prepare you for your professional practice placements that occur with different health organisations across Australia.

Our nursing students benefit from the local reach and presence of Australia’s largest regional university. Part of your learning will take place at our accredited delivery site in Rockhampton that feature nursing facilities, which allow our students in these communities and across Australia to learn in a safe and simulated environment, that reflects a real-world setting. Our experienced nursing team works closely with local health services and industry partners as they play a crucial role in helping deliver quality courses that are matched to the needs of our students and the profession.

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

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One of the best things about my course is the opportunity to do placements. The nursing staff are accommodating and the patients are so willing to be involved in the learning of Registered Nursing students like me. I want to continue on this journey and be part of the nursing workforce in this country.

Ivy Vana

Bachelor of Nursing