Bachelor of Nursing

Course Code 4030
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus

Location Lake Macquarie

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Avondale is renowned for its Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs), a highly practical degree that produces well informed and capable registered nurses. Avondale's main nursing campus, located on the grounds of the Sydney Adventist Hospital, offers state-of-the-art learning facilities, including a simulation centre, high-tech library, purpose-built furniture and affordable parking options. The first year of the degree is also available for study on Avondale's Lake Macquarie campus. Both campuses provide on-campus accommodation options for easy access and convenience. 

The degree aims to develop high ethical standards, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and sound knowledge in a supportive and caring environment, to enable the provision of safe and competent care to patients. The course also offers a variety of clinical practice components, allowing you to gain experience within a diverse range of health care organisations, including the Sydney Adventist Hospital. The practical experience provides you with exceptional preparation for a career in nursing. 

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

From second semester, students participate in a compulsory clinical placement each semester. The content of each clinical unit is related to the areas being studied in corresponding nursing and health studies units.

Some clinical placements are provided in cooperation with the Sydney Adventist Hospital, but there are also many placements available in other hospitals, mental health facilities, paediatric units, and at aged care and community facilities. 


Career Opportunities

Nursing graduates leave with the skills to gain employment in a range of careers, including: 

  • Medical, surgical or critical care
  • Maternal or paediatric health
  • Mental health
  • Gynaecological/women's health
  • International hospitals and communities
  • Aged care and community health
  • Perioperative/operating theatre
  • Health related industries such as medical products and services
  • Education, administration and management.

As a registered nurse, the opportunity is yours to diversify into other health areas and/or specialise in a particular area. 


Admission Criteria


Minimum ATAR of 63.00 (or equivalent eg.OP of 15 or less)  OR

Completion of a foundations studies course which prepares students for tertiary studies  OR

Completed VET sector qualification at Certificate IV level (no trade certificates are accepted as entry to the Nursing course). VET course examples: Diploma of Enrolled Nursing (or equivalent), Certificate IV in Nursing, Aged, Community, Disability, Individual Support Care. Prior qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis.

Current Senior First Aid Certificate from an accredited provider is strongly recommended prior to commencing the course or must be completred by the end of yotur first semester at Avondale

National Police Check and Child Protection Screening

Current vaccinations as per NSW Health requirements

Student Declaration (Fitness to Practice- NSW Health)

Inherent Requirements



If your ATAR is below 63.00 (or equivalent), you may still be able to gain entry into this degree on a provisional basis. Previous work experience and educational qualifications will also be considered upon application.

Decisions on alternative pathways to admission are made by the Academic Registrar in consultation with the relevant Course Convenor and other appropriate personnel. Alternative admission may be obtained by one or more of the following methods:

  • previous post-secondary qualifications;
  • appropriate scores in the uniTEST and the Tertiary Online Written Assessment (TOWA);
  • special consideration (disadvantaging factors impacting on Year 12 results).


Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements


All Bachelor of Nursing applicants are required to meet the English Language Requirements by either achieving an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 (with no sub-band below 6.5), a TOEFL of 79 (minimum score of 24 in writing and 22 in all other sections), a Cambridge English: Advanced score of 176 with no less than 176 in any component, a Pearson Test of English (Academic) of 58 with no communicative score less than 58 or an English for Academic Purposes Level 5 with Distinction through the Australian International College of English.

Course Structure

Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus
Maximum time to complete: Eight years

The BNurs is composed of 24 units (144 credit points) of study over six semesters and includes a minimum of 800 hours of work place experience. The course includes study in numerous general and specialty nursing areas such as acute care (medical or surgical), maternal and child health, mental health, community, and aged care. Related material from the physical, biological and behavioural sciences is also integrated into the course to present a holistic perspective of nursing.


Unit Code

Course level

Unit Name

Campus Offered

Year 1 - Semester 1

Level 1





Applied Nursing Practice 1

LM or Syd Campus



Australian Society and Health

LM or Syd Campus



Foundations of Nursing

LM or Syd Campus



Nursing Science 1

LM or Syd Campus

Year 1 - Semester 2

Level 2





Applied Nursing Practice 2

LM or Syd Campus



Spiritual and Cultural Care 

LM or Syd Campus



Health Promotion

LM or Syd Campus



Nursing Science 2

LM or Syd Campus

Year 2 - Semester 1

Level 3





Applied Nursing Practice 3

Syd Campus



Evidence for Nursing Practice

Syd Campus



Mental Health 1

Syd Campus



Ageing in Society

Syd Campus

Year 2 - Semester 2

Level 4





Applied Nursing Practice 4

Syd Campus



Mental Health 2

Syd Campus



Nursing in Community

Syd Campus



Family Health

Syd Campus

Year 3 - Semester 1

Level 5





Advanced Nursing Practice

Syd Campus



Clinical Elective

Syd Campus



Professional Nursing Roles 1

Syd Campus



Chronic Disease Management

Syd Campus

Year 3 - Semester 2

Level 6





High Dependency Nursing

Syd Campus



Professional Practice Transition

Syd Campus



Professional Nursing Roles 2

Syd Campus



Emerging Global Health Issues

Syd Campus

LM Campus = Lake Macquarie Campus                           Syd Campus = Sydney Campus

Practical Experience


From the second semester of the first year of the BNurs course, students will participate in compulsory clinical placements each semester. The content of each clinical unit is related to the areas being studied in corresponding theoretical units. Some clinical placements are provided in cooperation with the Sydney Adventist Hospital, but there are also many other placements available in local and regional hospitals, mental health facilities, paediatric units, and at aged care and community facilities.

In order to maximise clinical learning, there is a need for students to travel off campus and make their own way to various clinical learning venues.

To participate in clinical placements, students will need to comply with the NSW Health Vaccination policy and successfully complete a Fitness to Practice Declaration.

Clinical placements go for periods of a few days to four weeks at a time, with the course requiring the completion of a total of 800 hours of placement throughout the degree.

The following units have clinical placements or service requirements as part of the requirements to pass the units:

NURS10012 Applied Nursing Practice 2 - 80 hours

NURS20023 Applied Nursing Practice 3 - 80 hours

NURS20025 Mental Health 1 - 40 hours

NURS20020 Ageing in Society - 80 hours

NURS20024 Applied Nursing Practice 4 - 80 hours

NURS20026 Mental Health 2 - 80 hours

NURS20028 Nursing in Community - 40 hours (voluntary community service requirement)

NURS30035 Advanced Nursing Practice - 40 hours

NURS30034 Clinical Elective - 120 hours

NURS30036 High Dependency Nursing - 40 hours

NURS30038 Professional Practice Transition - 160 hours



The Bachelor of Nursing course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The Bachelor of Nursing course is also accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Registration and Self-Disclosure

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requires educational institutions to register students upon commencement of the nursing degree.

Upon completion of the degree, graduates are eligible to apply for nurse registration in AHPRA which oversees the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBA). Due to mutual recognition legislation, registration may also be granted in New Zealand. Graduates will need to apply to AHPRA via the NMBA website to register as a registered nurse prior to employment as a nurse in Australia. This process includes the assessment of good character and review of criminal history for employment in Australia and overseas. There are also English language requirements for all applicants for registration. Applicants seeking registration as a nurse in a country other than Australia should ascertain the requirements for that country.

For current registration requirements, please visit

The process of nurse registration in Australia includes the disclosure of a criminal record or any significant medical conditions that can affect working as an Registered Nurse 

Where to get further information

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"The things that we learnt in labs and the classes, we were able to apply in hospitals to real life patients."
- Nursing graduate.