Bachelor of Nursing

The Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree prepares students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for nurse registration. Clinical experience is gained in a wide range of health care providers including one of Sydney’s leading private hospitals, the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH), providing students with exceptional training for a nursing career. The Bachelor of Nursing course aims to equip students with high ethical standards, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and sound knowledge to provide safe and competent care.

The first year of the course may be undertaken on either the Lake Macquarie Campus or the Sydney Campus. Subsequent semesters are based at the Sydney Campus that is co-located with the Sydney Adventist Hospital (the “San”). Students may commence the course in the first semester, or part-time students can enter the program in either semester of the academic year.

At a Glance

Course Code



Three years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Mode of delivery

On campus Note: The first year of the course may be undertaken on either the Lake Macquarie Campus or the Sydney Campus - Years 2 and 3 can only be taken on the Sydney Campus.

Download Sydney Campus Map - Clinical Education Centre


The Bachelor of Nursing degree is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia.

The CRICOS registration number for the degree is:
Bachelor of Nursing 057311C.

Entry requirements

General Admission Requirements apply to the Bachelor of Nursing degree. In addition the following requirements are to be noted:

  1. HSC (or equivalent) Biology and/or Chemistry (or completion of a Chemistry Bridging course) is recommended.
  2. A current First Aid certificate from an accredited course, a National Police Check and current Vaccination Record card are required prior to commencement of course or must be completed by the end of the first semester.
  3. English language requirements apply.
  4. Inherent requirements apply

Course Info

Course Information Booklet

For more details on the content of this course please download the following booklet:

Bachelor of Nursing

New course commencing semester 2, 2017

Unit Synopsis

The Undergraduate Handbook contains detailed information on each unit.

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‘My learning experience was enhanced by the approachable and supportive nature of the lecturers and clinical facilitators, during both theoretical and practical components of my nursing degree at Avondale. I most enjoyed the kindness and care shared between the students, and staff too, on a day-to-day basis.’ - Marguerite Burke

‘Being at Avondale College has given me the nursing skills and experience I need to be the absolute best I can be in my future profession. Working with the Sydney Adventist Hospital has also given me the abundance of practical experience that you don’t get at other tertiary institutions.’ - Scott Gosling

‘My course has a good balance of theory and practical content that I feel is helping me develop as a health professional.’ —Emily Walsh



There is a high demand for registered nurses in the health system in public, private and community settings. Opportunities for employment are diverse and span work in local, national and international settings.

Employment may be in areas such as:
  • medical, surgical or critical care
  • maternal or paediatric health
  • mental health
  • international hospitals and communities
  • aged care and community health
  • perioperative nursing
  • rural/remote area nursing
  • health related industries such as medical products and services
  • education, administration and management


Financial Information

The information provided is a guide but will give you a rough idea as to the costs associated with studying at Avondale. Actual fee amounts vary on the enrolled course and the units that are taken. Please contact us if you have further questions.