Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration)
You're considered an Australian student if you are any of the following:
The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) is for Registered Nurses who have completed a pre-registration nursing qualification in a hospital setting or a three-year Diploma of Nursing and would like to upgrade to a degree qualification.
This 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:
Students 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 demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.
On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.
UniSA has invested more than $2 million in on-campus clinics and facilities. Our Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) is a clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital and health service, at our City East, Mt Gambier and Whyalla campuses. As a nursing student, you can participate in clinical learning and practise within the HHHS throughout your degree, in addition to off-campus clinical placements.
The HHHS is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical learning environment populated by residents of our Horizon City and Community, a virtual health community which is unique to UniSA. It is designed to facilitate, enhance and support your understanding of real-world nursing practice. Residents of Horizon include interactive manikins each with their own persona, as well as real people acting as residents, who have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories.
As part of your studies, you will regularly engage and interact with Horizon residents, both within the virtual environment and in HHHS to develop and practise your nursing knowledge and skills.
World-class facilities together with well above world-class researchers in nursing1, as well as academics and experienced clinicians 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 on-campus workshops – 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)
This degree can be studied through a blend of online and on-campus learning. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:
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.
We teach and assess four domains of nursing practice during your studies including:
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:
You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.
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.
Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
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.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|Registered Nurses will be granted 72 units of credit and are required to complete the following:|
|First Semester (Study Period 2)|
|Professional Practice N||NURS 1044||4.5|
|Global and National Health||HLTH 1036||4.5||Rule(s): 1|
|Research Methodologies||NURS 3044||4.5|
|Nursing Contexts of Practice||NURS 3045||4.5||Rule(s): 1,2|
|Second Semester (Study Period 5)|
|First Peoples' Health||HLTH 1047||4.5|
|Mental Health||HLTH 1037||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 6)|
|Nursing Project||NURS 3046||4.5||Rule(s): 1|
|Summer Term (Study Period 7)|
|Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice||BIOL 2058||4.5|
As a nursing student you will have access to our unique, clinician led simulated hospital and health service on campus.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Applying to study with us: