Start Date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

414141 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
2024 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 registration with NMBA
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2023 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 70.00
- External: 70.00
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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.
  • 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.2
  • 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.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people3. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

12022 QS Subject Rankings. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. 4Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.


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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. 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.

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 student registration process is completed by the University with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) after enrolment. No fees apply.

Students may elect to study this program externally by enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing (External) degree, and must attend mandatory on-campus workshops and undertake all clinical placements in South Australia.

Interstate students will need to be aware that if borders between states close again due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this will 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 1,000 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 including mental health, primary healthcare and 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. 



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). SA public universities. 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 both on-campus or external (where most of the learning is online), however all students will benefit from 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 Master of 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


Employment for registered nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 13.9% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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


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

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



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.


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. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 modern facilities including 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). SA public universities.

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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

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

Bachelor of Nursing

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Courtney Woolford

Bachelor of Nursing

UniSA was a great launchpad for my nursing career. After graduating, I became an agency nurse where I was able to gain experience across many areas, including intensive care, critical care and emergency. I now work in the GEM@HOME team where we triage and support elderly patients, including people living with dementia. It's a very rewarding job, where I get to work with a broader team of community, aged care and disability services, along with other allied health and medical professionals.

Karina Fausto

Bachelor of Nursing
Clinical Nurse | South Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) – GEM@HOME

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Karina Fausto

Bachelor of Nursing
Clinical Nurse | South Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) – GEM@HOME