Bachelor of Nursing
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP032
2014 Clearly-in ATAR:
- Campus: Bundoora campus
Graduate with a sound theoretical and clinical foundation for a professional career as a registered nurse.
Consisting of theory, nursing laboratory skills and clinical practise, this program encompasses acute care nursing, continuing care nursing, community care and mental health nursing.
Major areas of study include anatomy and physiology, community care nursing, foundational nursing care, high dependency nursing, medical surgical nursing, and mental health nursing, with an emphasis on research-based practice, law and ethics.
This program features:
- an orientation program that supports the transition to university life
- clinical practice in each year of study and in a range of clinical settings across metropolitan and rural clinical areas
- access to human cadavers for observation and anatomical location to support the biomedical and physical sciences
- fully staffed clinical laboratories, giving you extended access to the labs to practice your nursing skills
- a strong emphasis on clinical laboratory learning as a rehearsal for practising clinical skills
- mental health nursing courses
- flexible learning, including online, face-to-face, video- capture and laboratory learning and fully immersed simulation learning experiences
- broad range of university and nursing electives in Years 2 and 3
- professional development seminar in year 3 to prepare you for graduate nurse employment.
3 years full-time
Program structure and features
Learning and teaching
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and group discussions. These are all offered in English.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, assignments, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, and practical skill workshops and demonstrations.
You'll study biosciences and the fundamentals of nursing practice, including lifespan care requirements and research.
You'll gain knowledge and skills in caring for people in acute care settings, like such as medical, surgical and mental health nursing.
You'll acquire knowledge and skills in specialised areas of nursing practice. A professional development scheme seminar for Year 3 students will prepare you for working as a nurse.
Throughout the program you'll also have the opportunity to select 2 electives in areas that interest you, for a broader learning experience.
Upon successful completion of the degree, you may apply for admission to the health science honours degree.
Handbook (program guide)
To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).
You'll have the opportunity to undertake clinical practice in a range of healthcare settings, including major metropolitan hospitals and the community sector. Consideration is given to rural and outback nursing in Victoria and interstate placements.
There are clinical placements each year with a total of 24 weeks' supervised practice.
A 3-week clinical experience in Year 1 introduces you to foundational nursing care. In Year 2 (12 weeks of clinical experience) and Year 3 (10 weeks), you'll develop advanced skills managing people with complex health problems.
All clinical placements are supervised.
Working with Children
You'll need a valid Working with Children card and a current police check at the beginning of each academic year.
As a student enrolled in an accredited nursing bachelor degree you'll have student registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA).
Graduates will have excellent employment prospects in a diverse range of metropolitan, rural, remote and overseas healthcare settings, including:
- acute public and private hospitals
- community and public health
- mental health nursing
- aged care nursing
- specialty support services
- industry and school health nursing.
Professional recognition and accreditation
Upon successful completion of the program, you will eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Registration Board; a part of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
If you are interested in gaining an international perspective, overseas opportunities through student exchange and Study Abroad may be available.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Units 1 and 2-mathematics (any) or units 3 and 4-mathematics (any) and a study score of at least 25 in English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL) OR Satisfactory completion of the Diploma of Nursing within the last 5 years and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia registration.
Enrolled Nurse Applicants
Division 2 Nurses wishing to enter the program are selected according to places in the program at a second year level but at no less than the 10% of the intake (as required for articulating students). Enrolled Nurse applicants should apply direct to RMIT.
Non- Enrolled Nurse Applicants
Applicants in this category are selected according to information provided including employment, previous study, volunteer experience, work experience and personal experience.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC personal statement if they want other information to be considered.
Non-year 12 applicants must also complete a STAT Multiple choice test if they do not have an ATAR or GPA.
All successful applicants are required to provide the following documents prior to practical placements:
- commencement of Hepatitis B vaccination
- evidence of TB screening
- Working with Children check
- Australian National Police Certificate.
For further information see Immunisation for health care workers on the Department of Health website.
Immunisation: Students must receive adequate immunisation for healthcare workers prior to undertaking clinical components of the course.
Police check: Students must present evidence of a successful Victorian Police Records Check, for each calendar year of enrolment, prior to undertaking the clinical components of this course.
Working With Children Check: Students must hold a valid Working With Children Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this course.
Failure to provide satisfactory documentation for all of the above requirements by 31 January will result in students being unable to commence the course.
Additional information: Students must comply with the University and facility professional requirements such as behaviour dress and attendance while on clinical placement and for on-campus simulation and laboratory sessions.
In order to practice in Australia, graduates must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse. To be eligible to register, graduates from countries where English is not the first or only language will be required to provide evidence of English language competence, e.g. minimum IELTS score of 7 in each of the four bands. Applicants should refer to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website for further information.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section)
- Check if you are eligible for a government subsidised place
- Choose your application method and apply
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section)
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
- Please note that Enrolled Nurse applicants should apply direct to RMIT.
If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.
Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.
In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.
As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:
- pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
- defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.
You must buy the RMIT clinical uniform and other aids required for clinical placement. You'll also need to buy textbooks.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
An Honours year is available.
Graduates of the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) may be eligible to apply for exemptions of up to 1 year, provided they are registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.