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CQ23 - Bachelor of Nursing


At a glance

Study the Bachelor of Nursing and equip yourself with the skills and knowledge required to become an effective nursing professional.

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Study modes On-Campus, Online
Rank OP: 15 SR: 66 ATAR: 61.85
Units/credits 20/144
Pre-requisites English (4, SA)
Availability Bundaberg; Cairns; Mackay City; Noosa; Rockhampton North; Townsville; Online Study
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Recommended study Senior Mathematics, Senior Science
Intake dates March, July
QTAC Code BDG: 810421; CNS: 820429; MKY: 840421; NSA: 870421; ROK: 850421; TSV: 800429; Online: 850425
VTAC Code Online: 1700110551
UAC Code Online: 160511
CRICOS 020827B

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from main round offers for Term 1 2018. They represent the minimum competitive rank that applications were considered for entry to a course. Entry to a course is competitive and a cut off score lower than the minimum competitive rank may have been needed to gain entry to a particular course. Entry ranks vary from year to year so are provided as a historical guide of past performance.

  • If you are applying for study in the July intake you will be required to complete some initial subjects online.
  • This course has specific English language requirements. Please visit or contact us for more information.
  • Orientation is mandatory for all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course.
  • If you have not undertaken the recommended study, it is strongly recommended that you complete CQUniversity's Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Study (STEPS) or Tertiary Entry Program (TEP).
  • Some units within this course are only available to study online.
  • Units in Years 1 and 2 of the course are offered both on-campus and online. All units in Year 3 will be offered online.
  • The course is available by either on campus or online.
  • This course is subject to approval from the external accreditation authority.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Nursing and acquiring registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia you will be equipped to work as a Registered Nurse within Australia. As a Nurse you can choose from a number of roles in the healthcare profession including positions in:

  • public and private hospitals
  • general health services
  • mental health
  • community health
  • residential care
  • indigenous health
  • remote and rural health.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Upon completion you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse.



The Bachelor of Nursing at CQUniversity is designed to develop your theoretical, practical and research knowledge, enabling you to become an effective nursing professional.

Your education and training will incorporate a combination of online interactive learning, face-to-face teaching and clinical placements to ensure you graduate highly employable, confident and work ready.

You will develop a broad range of skills and learn from a team of dedicated and experienced educators.

You will also be able to benefit from our clinical placement strategy, which is highly successful and offers placement opportunities across Australia and overseas.

Our close links with industry means the course is constantly updated so you are well prepared to enter the workforce. In addition, you can also choose to study on-campus or benefit from the flexibility of studying by online study. Studying by online study gives you the opportunity to balance study with your work and life commitments.

To apply for registration as a nurse and/or midwife, please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Why Study Health at CQUniversity

Our Health courses have been developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally.

Broad range of options
Whether you are currently working in the industry, seeking to advance your skills, or looking to kick start a new career in health, our broad and ever-growing range of health courses and units give you the choice to be what you want to be. Choose from the key areas of allied health, medical and exercise sciences, community and health services, and transport and safety sciences.

Study your way
A number of our health courses provide allow you to choose between on-campus or online study, while some provide a mix of on-campus and online delivery methods. CQUniversity is an established provider of online study and is able to offer a number courses in this mode that have not traditionally been available, such as nursing, medical science, exercise and sport sciences, accident forensics, paramedic science and more.

Up-to-date and industry relevant
Our courses are constantly being reviewed and updated in consultation with industry, accrediting bodies and other stakeholders to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date. In fact, our offerings are a response to industry demand for people with specialised industry expertise.

Work integrated learning
CQUniversity's health courses feature work integrated learning, or learning on the job. For some courses this may be referred to as clinical placement.

You may be required to complete unit undertakings in real‑life workplaces, allowing you to put learning directly into practice. This hands-on, project-based learning is one reason CQUniversity graduates are in such high demand by employers.

Purpose-built facilities
Quality facilities ensure learning is delivered in context, taught in a similar setting to real-world situations including exceptional simulation environments. New facilities including state-of-the-art technology for fitness and body function testing offer exercise and sport sciences students sophisticated training. Nursing students have access to a fully equipped Clinical Learning Centre (CLC) replicating a real hospital ward, while medical imaging and medical sonography are taught from new purpose-built multi-million dollar labs. The new CQUniversity Health Clinic at CQUniversity Rockhampton also provides clinical learning experiences to students.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete 20 units, comprising of 19 core units and one elective.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Nursing course please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note courses are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of course availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding course information regarding your specific application.

Work integrated Learning

You are required to undertake clinical placements during your studies. However before you undertake any placements you need to provide evidence to show that you have completed the required mandatory checks including immunisations, first aid and CPR and police checks. These checks are set by our health industry partners and by the Queensland Government. It is strongly recommended that students start gathering mandatory check evidence early, as some requirements such as immunisations can take up to 6 months to complete.

A total of 800 hours clinical placement in an off-campus health care setting is an integral component of the Bachelor of Nursing course.  Students may have to travel to attend this placement.  Clinical Placements are organised as block placements by the University and can occur in health care organisations throughout Australia where a service agreement is in place.  There are no swaps or changes, unless exceptional circumstances can be proven. Information regarding clinical placements can be found both on CQUniversity’s placement system Sonia and on the Clinical Placement Moodle page.

Residential Schools

Compulsory Residential schools are undertaken by students studying via online study and are held for some units as an alternative to on-campus Clinical Learning Centre classes for internal students.  Residential school pre-allocations will occur for a number of courses each term to ensure all students are able to access a residential school prior to their placement dates. For more information visit the Nursing Central Moodle page.

Credit transfer information

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

Entry requirements

OP: 15 , SR: 66 , ATAR: 61.85

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our future students page.

English Requirements

International Students

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Domestic Students

If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Nursing, please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

Register your interest

Key dates

16 JAN
Online Chat Session
07 FEB
Online Chat Session