Bachelor of Nursing

Course Code4030
CRICOS Code057311C
International students must be at least 18 years of age before they arrive at Avondale ahead of the relevant teaching period commencing to be eligible for enrolment at Avondale University.
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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Students rank Avondale’s Bachelor of Nursing* as #1 in Australia for quality of teaching, learning resources, student satisfaction and skills development. You’ll love it here too.  

With our Sydney campus located on the grounds of the biggest private hospital in NSW, when you study Nursing at Avondale, you will learn in state-of-the-art facilities and in hospital ward-like simulation centres, gain experience in a diverse range of healthcare organisations through 800 hours of clinical placements, and have the option to complete the first year of study at our Sydney or Lake Macquarie campuses.  

The course will help you become a capable registered nurse who can provide the best care to patients. There is high demand for registered nurses in the health care system in public, private and community settings with employment opportunities in local, national and international healthcare 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

Our nursing graduates have gained employment in: 

·       Medical, surgical or critical care 

·       Maternal orpaediatrichealth 

·       Mental health 

·       Gynaecological/women's health 

·       International hospitals and communities 

·       Aged care and community health 

·       Perioperative/operatingtheatre 

·       Health related industries such as medical products and services 

·       Education, administration and management. 

As a registered nurse, you will have the opportunity to diversify into other health areas and/orspecialisein a particular area. 


Admission Criteria


To qualify for admission, you must meet one of the following criteria:

Applicants with higher education study
  • Completion or partial completion^ of an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 qualification at an accredited university or higher education provider; or
  • Successful completion of bridging or enabling course, or another recognised tertiary preparation course
^You must pass at least two units/subjects. Show Cause is required if you failed 50% or more overall.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 4 qualification or higher; or
  • A New Zealand Qualifications Framework NZQF Level 4 qualification or higher

Applicants with work and life experience
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Applicants with overseas qualifications
  • An overseas qualification comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 4 or higher


The following are the specific criteria for admission:


The post-admission requirement for this degree are:
  • Student compliance for clinical placements
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Working with Children Check

For more information, refer to the post-admission requirements for Nursing.


Applicants with an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 5 qualification (or higher) in a cognate area may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition).

AHPRA-registered applicants with a Diploma of Nursing may be eligible for eight units of credit (one year of full-time study). Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.


International applicants must meet the Australian Government's visa requirements to reside in Australia while studying at Avondale University.

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International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the ways outlined in Appendix 2 of 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





Nursing Practice 1

LM or Syd Campus



Nursing Foundations

LM or Syd Campus



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

LM or Syd Campus



Applied Nursing Science 1

LM or Syd Campus

Year 1 - Semester 2

Level 2





Nursing Practice 2

LM or Syd Campus



Spiritual and Cultural Care in Nursing

LM or Syd Campus



Mental Health Nursing Foundations

LM or Syd Campus



Applied Nursing Science 2

LM or Syd Campus

Year 2 - Semester 1

Level 3





Evidence Based Nursing

Syd Campus



Nursing Practice 3

Syd Campus



Nursing the Older Person

Syd Campus



Mental Health Nursing Practice

Syd Campus

Year 2 - Semester 2

Level 4





Promoting Health and Wellness

Syd Campus



Nursing Practice 4

Syd Campus



Family Health Nursing

Syd Campus



Community Nursing Care

Syd Campus

Year 3 - Semester 1

Level 5





Professional Roles in Nursing

Syd Campus



Clinical Nursing Elective

Syd Campus



Nursing Practice 5

Syd Campus



Nursing for Chronic Illness

Syd Campus

Year 3 - Semester 2

Level 6





Ethics and Leadership in Nursing

Syd Campus



Emerging Healthcare Trends

Syd Campus



Nursing Practice 6 

Syd Campus



Transition to Professional Practice

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:

NURS11102 Nursing Practice 2 - 80 hours

NURS22203 Nursing Practice 3 - 80 hours

NURS22205 Nursing the Older Person - 80 hours

NURS22207 Mental Health Nursing Practice - 80 hours

NURS22204 Nursing Practice 4 - 80 hours

NURS33303 Clinical Nursing Elective - 80 hours

NURS33305 Nursing Practice 5 - 80 hours

NURS33306 Nursing Practice 6 - 80 hours

NURS33308 Transition to Professional Practice - 160 hours



The Bachelor of Nursing course is accredited under Avondale University's self-accrediting authority, and the course is offered within the terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). It is nationally registered with 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 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

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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"The community at Avondale is what makes it so enjoyable. Not only are the facilities amazing, but the lecturers' personalised care is amazing too. They want you to succeed. They want you to be the best nurse that you can be." 
- Emma, Bachelor of Nursing.