Bachelor of Nursing

A re-visioned Bachelor of Nursing course is being finalised for 2023 subject to Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) accreditation.

Course Code4030
CRICOS Code057311C
Course duration /
Study mode

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

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Avondale Campus - Sydney
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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 course 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 students to gain experience within a diverse range of health care organisations, including the Sydney Adventist Hospital. The practical experience provides 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. 


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing, graduates will be able to:
  • adapt knowledge and practice skills competently as a nurse in accordance with professional practice standards for nurses as outlined by NMBA (2016) within the diverse Australian health context;
  • apply primary health care principles, health promotion and education approaches to health needs of self, individuals and groups from a holistic framework;
  • demonstrate sensitivity to individuals and groups from various cultures and belief systems to deliver culturally competent and safe care within an Australian context;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills and the capacity for self-management, collaboration, team work and leadership;
  • maintain an environment that promotes safe practice, workplace health and safety, security and personal integrity of individuals and groups;
  • reflect an intellectual openness and curiosity, utilising creative and reflective thinking and clinical reasoning, to identify solutions to problems and incorporate best practice approaches in nursing practice;
  • base practice on a knowledge base derived from nursing and the support disciplines (biological, psycho- social science) as a basis for independent, research informed life-long learning;
  • display cognitive, technical and information literacy skills to identify and evaluate new knowledge and practices in nursing and judge the suitability of adaptation to different contexts of practice.

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

To be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing, you must qualify for admission. General admission is based on your academic background. There are also specific admissions requirements for this course.


General admission requirements are met by any of the following:
  1. Applicants with higher education study
    • Successful completion of at least one (1) semester (typically four (4) subjects) of a higher education degree/diploma; or
    • Successful completion of a bridging or enabling course, or other recognised tertiary preparation course; or
    • Successful completion of the first one (1) or two (2) semesters of the Diploma of General Studies
  2. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
    • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher. Trade certificates are not accepted.
  3. Applicants with work and life experience
  4. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
    • ATAR of 63.00*; or
    • OP of 15 or less; or
    • Satisfactory completion of Year 13 with NCEA Level 3 results, identifying University Entrance attainment; or
    • Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; or
    • Overseas secondary qualifications considered equivalent to Australian studies, as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

    *After adjustment factors have been applied



  • Student compliance for clinical placements^
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Working with children check

^Before a student can commence a clinical placement in a NSW Health facility, students must complete several mandatory requirements

For more information, visit the post-admission requirements for nursing students.


On entry to the Bachelor of Nursing, 8 units (one year of full-time study) is awarded if you:
  • Are registered as an enrolled nurse (EN) with no conditions on practice, through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
  • Have completed a Diploma of Nursing within the last five years through a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved program of study. Note: older programs that have led to registration as an enrolled nurse may still receive credit, but it may not be all 8 units;
  • Supply a certified copy of your academic transcript and testamur;
  • Supply a detailed work history showing evidence of practice/working as an enrolled nurse.

If you request advanced standing for units completed at another higher education institution, you must supply:
  • A certified copy of your academic transcript and testamur.
  • Full unit outlines of all units passed at the institution where the study occurred.
  • Records of clinical and practical placements, including clinical skills, venues, hours and clinical appraisals.

For more information and to apply for Advanced Standing, click here


Overseas applicants will have their entry qualifications assessed in accordance with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy as well as the International Students Policy


Applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

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

To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

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

NURS30033 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 (ANMAC) for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

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

Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


Commonwealth Supported Places and FEE-HELP available for eligible students. 

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Scholarships are available for Avondale students. View all scholarship information



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