Start Date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
IBNU

SATAC Code
414141 (Internal)
414145 (External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 70.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
TAFE/RTO Note: Enrolled Nurse Certificate IV or Diploma in Nursing - both with current practising certificate.
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 70.00
- External: 70.10
TAFE/RTO: Dip
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Degree overview

  • Study at a university ranked in the World Top 100 for nursing.1
  • Embark on 1,000 hours of nursing placements from your first year of study, in clinical settings across South Australia.
  • Join the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in nursing.2
  • Develop the knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes needed for professional practice.
  • Learn from academics and industry-experienced clinicians at a university with well above world-class research in nursing.3
  • Learn in our unique, clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on-campus with expert clinical and academic staff.
  • Be supported by online learning resources, available to you 24/7.

12021 QS Subject Rankings. 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Nursing student.jpg Start your unstoppable career in nursing at UniSA, and become a highly sought after health professional, caring for people across all health settings.

This is your opportunity to make a positive contribution to Australian healthcare. As the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in nursing1, UniSA offers you an industry-relevant, practical qualification which will ensure you’re career-ready.

With constant change in technology and approaches to care in the healthcare industry, UniSA’s nursing programs are also constantly evolving and adapting with this change.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

What you'll need

All students studying a health-related program where interaction with the public is required, such as clinical placements in health settings, must meet certain compulsory requirements. All nursing students must confirm they meet the "Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements" requirements upon entry to their programs and on each re-enrolment, as well as meeting mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements.  Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit page for more information.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant national board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

Students who elect to study this program externally must attend mandatory on-campus workshops and undertake all clinical placements in South Australia.

Interstate students will need to be aware that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, borders between states can close at any time and impact clinical placements and attendance at on-campus workshops.

What you'll learn

Nursing and midwifery lab

The Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for placement and your professional nursing career with more than 150 hours of learning in our Horizon Hospital and Health Service. You’ll also complete 1000 hours in clinical settings across metro, regional and rural hospitals, and health services in South Australia.

During your studies, your learning will enable you to meet the seven interconnecting Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse standards for practice, which include the capacity to:

  • Think critically and analyse nursing practice
  • Engage in therapeutic and professional relationships
  • Maintain the capability for practice
  • Comprehensively conduct assessments
  • Develop a plan for nursing practice
  • Provide safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice
  • Evaluate outcomes to inform nursing practice.

The degree is designed to prepare you to meet healthcare delivery requirements for the 21st century and respond to Australian and international healthcare priorities and trends (mental health, primary healthcare, healthy ageing). Six integrated themes are embedded throughout the curriculum and represent core approaches which inform contemporary nursing practice:

  • safety and quality
  • cultural safety
  • evidence-based practice
  • professional communication
  • consumers as partners in care
  • teamwork.

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

Degree 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)
Foundations of Nursing Practice NURS 1072 4.5 Note(s): 3
Experiential Learning Activity: Preparation for Clinical Practice Practicum 1 NURS 1061 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,4 Rule(s): 6,7,8
Global and National Health HLTH 1036 4.5 Note(s): 3
Human Body 1 BIOL 1047 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
First Peoples' Health HLTH 1047 4.5
Human Body 2 BIOL 1048 4.5
Health of Older People NURS 1073 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Experiential Learning Activity: Aged Care Practicum 2 NURS 1071 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,4 Rule(s): 6,7,8
STAGE 2 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for intervention
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Health of Adults NURS 2023 9 Note(s): 3
Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice BIOL 2058 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Acute Care Practicum 3 NURS 2033 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,4 Rule(s): 6,7,8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health of Infants, Children and Adolescents NURS 2022 4.5 Note(s): 3
Assessment, Diagnostics and Pharmacotherapeutics NURS 2040 9 Note(s): 3
Mental Health Nursing NURS 2041 4.5 Note(s): 3
STAGE 3 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Evidence Based Nursing Practice NURS 3055 4.5
Nursing Context of Practice: Primary Health Care NURS 3045 4.5 Note(s): 3
Experiential Learning Activity: Extension to Practice Practicum 4 NURS 3042 9 Note(s): 2,3,4 Rule(s): 6,7,8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Transition to Professional Practice NURS 3056 9 Rule(s): 3
Experiential Learning Activity: Transition to Practice Practicum 5 NURS 3043 9 Note(s): 2,3,4 Rule(s): 6,7,8

Study hours

For each course you study, you’ll need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus, you’ll need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Nursing

Nursing student Nursing at UniSA offers a combination of theory and practical experience, with a strong track record of career-ready graduates.

UniSA has invested millions of dollars towards building one of the most advanced simulated hospital environments and nursing teaching facilities in Australia. In fact, we’re ranked No.1 in SA for campus facilities in nursing.1 This includes our Horizon Hospital and Health Service at our City East, Mount Gambier and Whyalla campuses. You’ll learn in authentic hospital wards, clinical units and community areas led by practising Registered Nurses and Midwives.

To teach our nursing students the highest standards of patient care, the simulated hospital is populated by residents of a virtual health community, which is also unique to UniSA. Residents 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. 

By learning from experienced clinicians and academics at a university with well above world-class research in nursing2, you’re assured the very best in resources and support to become a capable and confident Registered Nurse.

This degree comes with a blend of online and real-world learning, with dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

You’ll benefit from UniSA’s strong ties to the healthcare industry, across its many diverse settings. When you complete clinical placements as part of your study, you’ll learn from experienced clinicians, including Registered Nurses on-campus and in hospital and health settings in South Australia.

You’ll get to embark on clinical placements across metro, regional and rural hospitals and health services under the supervision of Registered Nurses. Through placements, you’ll practice your clinical skills, try hands-on patient care, and build valuable networks and relationships.

Students may also have the opportunity to go on an overseas study tour or participate in exclusive clinical placement streams with industry healthcare partners.

We also host regular University-wide alumni eventsemployee master classes and employment expos 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:

  • access videos and course resources online
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for teamwork and communication

Some on-campus workshop attendance is required at UniSA’s City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) at UniSA

UniSA's Horizon Hospital and Health Service is an on-campus simulated learning environment for nursing and midwifery students.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Registered Nurses are at the forefront of healthcare, with their contribution to patient care imperative for the wellbeing of today's society. UniSA nursing graduates can work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • primary health and community support services
  • aged and rehabilitative care 
  • schools
  • home care
  • drug and alcohol treatment centres
  • community health organisations
  • mental health services
  • international aid agencies
  • corrections facilities
  • management.

Graduates may complete the Transition to Professional Practice Program with a participating employer. You can also bolster your specialised skills in areas like allergy nursing, palliative care, nurse education, with our range of postgraduate qualifications.

As you gain working experience as a Registered Nurse, you can also extend your understanding of evidence-based practice by going on to a Master of Nursing. This will equip you for senior leadership roles in clinical practice, policy, research, education or management.

As a Registered Nurse, you may also undertake further study with a Masters by Research.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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 56,100 (16.2%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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Employment for Registered Nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 46,500 (15.6%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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:

 

Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 sports and fitness facilities, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access 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
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

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

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

Emergency Department

UniSA is ranked No.1 in SA for campus facilities in nursing.1 This includes our Horizon Hospital and Health Service at our City East, Mount Gambier and Whyalla campuses – the only one of its kind in South Australia. 

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a fully equipped emergency department and day surgery, all led by practising Registered Nurses and Midwives (clinicians). Housed in the simulated hospital environment are the Residents of Horizon – interactive manikins each with their own persona and health concerns, as well as real people acting as residents, who have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories.

These teaching facilities and study spaces are designed to enhance and support your understanding of nursing practice as it continues to evolve.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Your program director

My nursing career has predominantly been in Emergency, working for many years as a senior emergency nurse at the (old) Royal Adelaide Hospital and interstate. I completed my PhD in 2016 and remain a passionate nurse-researcher applying my clinical and theoretical knowledge to investigate the support needs of families with children with rare diseases, and how healthcare services aimed at supporting these families can be improved. I have taught and coordinated extensively across the Bachelor of Nursing program and am also an Academic Integrity Officer. In all of this, I remain committed to student-centred learning and to ensuring that our students get the most out of their studies, experience the full benefits of university life, and feel prepared for practice in the real-world as the next generation of nurses and nurse leaders.

Dr Lemuel Pelentsov

Program Director

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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

I would like to specialise in paediatric nursing or midwifery and provide the unique type of care that critically ill children need in hospital. Often children – and their families - have to spend lengthy amounts of time in medical facilities and I would like to brighten their days as much as possible.

Courtney Woolford

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Courtney Woolford

Bachelor of Nursing

UniSA graduates are overall passionate and engaged learners, who can successfully adapt to different clinical environments and cultures while still putting theory into practice. Not only can they learn a specific skill set, but they have the ability to think innovatively and question the perceived norms.

Juanita Ielasi

Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

Juanita Ielasi, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

Juanita Ielasi

Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

I have always enjoyed helping people and learning practical skills that I can apply to making a person’s life better or the community a better place. Healthcare is where people are at their most vulnerable and I want to help those people feel supported and do my best to give them the best possible outcomes.

Bennett Lusher

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Bennett Lusher

Bennett Lusher

Bachelor of Nursing

After learning new skills using the unique virtual health community and on-campus simulated hospital environment, I completed placements in a rural nursing home, a stroke unit, neurosurgery ward and a cardiac surgical unit. The highlight was observing an open-heart surgery, which ultimately led me to a career in paediatric surgical nursing.

Jemima Robles

Bachelor of Nursing

Jemima Robles

Jemima Robles

Bachelor of Nursing