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Start Date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
IBNU

SATAC Code
414145 (External)
414141 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
ATAR (Internal): 63.05 (for 2017)
ATAR (External): 63.05 (for 2017)
ATAR (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO Note: Enrolled Nurse Certificate IV or Diploma in Nursing - both with current practising certificate.
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 50 for Nursing1.
  • Learn in our unique, clinician led authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus and practice your skills with state-of-the-art interactive manikins. 
  • Embark on clinical placements from your first year of study. 
  • Develop the knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes needed for professional practice.
  • Learn from above world-class researchers in Nursing2, as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Make a positive contribution to Australian healthcare. 

1 2017 QS World Subject Rankings 
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

The healthcare industry is constantly changing with new technologies and approaches to care to improve the detection, diagnosis and management of chronic and acute illness, as well as having a strong emphasis of keeping populations healthy. Our nursing degree is evolving with these changes, which means you will be guaranteed an industry-relevant, practical qualification that ensures you graduate career-ready.

There is a strong focus on theory and practical experience, and you will do much of your learning in our unique clinician led, authentic hospital and health service on campus. Our state-of-the-art facilities include a fully-equipped emergency department and day surgery. This simulated hospital environment fully led by practicing registered nurses and midwives (clinicians), known as the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS), is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

You will then have the opportunity to further develop these skills when you embark on real-world clinical placements across metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals and health services under the supervision of registered nurses.

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the program.

On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.

You can find more about what you’ll need in the rules and notes below the courses you’ll study.

Why Bachelor of Nursing

Why this Degree

UniSA has invested millions of dollars in on-campus clinics and facilities. Our Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) is the only clinician led service of its kind in South Australia and offers you the opportunity to practice your clinical skills in an authentic simulated setting.

HHHS includes over 65 beds within 13 clinical units across three campuses for both nursing and midwifery degrees. People admitted to HHHS come from a virtual community, which has been developed by UniSA and is unique to the University. Each person has their own story and you will access their family and medical history for clinic visits, along with developed care records. 

HHHS is a unique, clinician led simulated hospital and health service environment where you will gain hands-on learning during your hospital shifts, which include handover and progress note documentation. Regular partnerships with South Australia Health Service clinical leaders ensure elements such as safety and quality, documentation (including all aspects of care records), and infection control practices within HHHS mirror those of our health service. 

State-of-the-art facilities together with teaching staff who are above world-class researchers in Nursing1 means you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

This degree is also a great option for those wanting the flexibility that comes with online learning and workshops on campus – we offer accessible online learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

As a student, you will benefit from our strong industry links. You will also learn from experienced clinicians, including registered nurses, on campus and when you complete clinical placements as part of your study.

These placements provide you with the opportunity to practice your clinical skills, implement your knowledge into practice, learn from industry-experienced professionals in the field, and build valuable networks and relationships.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This qualification is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for team work and communication

Online study is available but some on-campus workshop attendance is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Your career

Registered nurses play a key role at the forefront of healthcare service, with their contribution to client care imperative for the wellbeing of today's society. This degree prepares you to deliver the highest quality care to individuals and groups, and also meets and responds to Australian and international health challenges and priorities.

Graduates can work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • primary health and community support services
  • aged/rehabilitative care 
  • schools
  • home care
  • drug/alcohol treatment centres
  • community health organisations 

Professional accreditation

Graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The requirements for registration are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Industry facts

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Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 58,700 (19.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Employment for registered nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 51,400 (20 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What others are saying

The authentic simulated settings are great because you are able to put theoretical knowledge into practice in a clinical setting.

Robyn Warner-Todd

Bachelor of Nursing

Robyn Warner-Todd

Robyn Warner-Todd

Bachelor of Nursing

I loved learning from Registered Nurses who taught from experience, not just books. They demonstrated first-hand how the profession is progressing.

Ella Head

Bachelor of Nursing

Ella Head

Ella Head

Bachelor of Nursing

I was glad that I made the decision to study at the University of South Australia. They have a very good balance between learning theory and hands-on clinical experience from an early start.

Kelly Nguyen

Bachelor of Nursing

Kelly Nguyen

Kelly Nguyen

Bachelor of Nursing

Being a nurse allows me to build bonds with patients and their relatives and gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction by helping improve patients’ health conditions.

Amber Jenkins

Bachelor of Nursing

Amber Jenkins

Amber Jenkins

Bachelor of Nursing

What I enjoy most about studying at UniSA is the clinical practice. I undertook a work placement as part of my studies, where I learnt a lot about nursing processes and the health care system.

Bader Alahmadi

Bachelor of Nursing

Bader Alahmadi

Bader Alahmadi

Bachelor of Nursing

We offer high quality resources to assist student learning, including a simulated hospital and health service integrating the latest technologies, and our teaching is delivered by an outstanding group of nursing, midwifery, and allied health academics and clinicians.

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Rachael Vernon

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree prepares you for placement and your professional nursing career with more than 170 hours of learning in our unique clinician led, authentic simulated Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS). You will also complete 1,000 hours in clinical settings across metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals, and health services.

We teach and assess four domains of nursing practice during your studies including:

  • collaborative and therapeutic practice
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • professional practice
  • provision and coordination of care

The qualification is designed to prepare you to meet healthcare delivery requirements for the 21st century and respond to Australian and international healthcare priorities and trends. Six integrating themes are intertwined throughout the curriculum and represent core approaches that inform contemporary nursing practice:

  • cultural competence
  • evidence-based practice
  • mental health
  • primary health
  • professional communication
  • safety and quality

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate on average 40 hours per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • projects 
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • essays and assignments 
  • examinations 
  • objective structured clinical examination
  • clinical placement assessment
  • quizzes

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
STAGE 1 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for understanding
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Being a Health Professional NURS 1033 9 Rule(s): 10
Human Body 1 BIOL 1047 4.5
Global and National Health HLTH 1036 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Body 2 BIOL 1048 4.5
First Peoples' Health HLTH 1047 4.5
Mental Health HLTH 1037 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Preparation for Clinical Practice Practicum 1 NURS 1061 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
STAGE 2 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for intervention
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Health of Older Adults NURS 2024 9 Rule(s): 10
Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice BIOL 2058 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Older Adults Practicum 2 NURS 2034 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health of Adults NURS 2023 9 Rule(s): 10
Health of Infants, Children and Young People NURS 2022 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Experiential Learning Activity: Acute Care Practicum 3 NURS 2033 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
STAGE 3 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Nursing Contexts of Practice NURS 3045 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Extension to Practice Practicum 4 NURS 3042 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Becoming a Registered Nurse NURS 3041 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Transition to Practice Practicum 5 NURS 3043 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Nursing Project NURS 3046 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Students who have been granted 36 units of credit in accordance with rule 13 below are required to complete the following: Rule(s): 13
STAGE 1 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for understanding
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Practice N NURS 1044 4.5 Note(s): 1
STAGE 2 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for intervention
Health of Older Adults NURS 2024 9 Rule(s): 10
Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice BIOL 2058 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health of Adults NURS 2023 9 Rule(s): 10
Health of Infants, Children and Young People NURS 2022 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Experiential Learning Activity: Acute Care Practicum 3 NURS 2033 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
STAGE 3 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Nursing Contexts of Practice NURS 3045 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Extension to Practice Practicum 4 NURS 3042 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Becoming a Registered Nurse NURS 3041 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Transition to Practice Practicum 5 NURS 3043 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Nursing Project NURS 3046 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Students who have been granted 18 units of credit in accordance with rule 13 below are required to complete the following: Rule(s): 13
STAGE 1 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for understanding
Professional Practice N NURS 1044 4.5 Note(s): 1
Human Body 1 BIOL 1047 4.5
Global and National Health HLTH 1036 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Body 2 BIOL 1048 4.5
Mental Health HLTH 1037 4.5
STAGE 2 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for intervention
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Health of Older Adults NURS 2024 9 Rule(s): 10
Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice BIOL 2058 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health of Adults NURS 2023 9 Rule(s): 10
Health of Infants, Children and Young People NURS 2022 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Experiential Learning Activity: Acute Care Practicum 3 NURS 2033 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
STAGE 3 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Nursing Contexts of Practice NURS 3045 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Extension to Practice Practicum 4 NURS 3042 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Becoming a Registered Nurse NURS 3041 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Transition to Practice Practicum 5 NURS 3043 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Nursing Project NURS 3046 4.5 Rule(s): 10

I have a background in day surgery and peri-operative nursing and, while I no longer work clinically, I remain involved with industry in relation to student placements and research. I am passionate about maintaining the quality of this degree and assisting in its development.

Dr Cath Hall

Program Director

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Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a nursing student, you will have access to our unique clinician led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus, and practice your skills with state-of-the-art interactive manikins. 

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

Australian

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

TAFE and RTO pathway

The minimum entry requirement for applicants seeking entry from TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO) is a diploma-level qualification. Alternatively, the minimum entry requirement for applicants with a current Enrolled Nurse Practising Certificate is a Certificate IV-level qualification.  

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

 

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