Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing

UNDERGRADUATE

Make a difference in people's lives, engage in clinical practice, and explore a range of nursing specialisations.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

ATAR 65.10*

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Bundoora
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

ATAR 65.10

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Fees:

AU$37,440 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Bundoora

Overview

Graduate with the theoretical and clinical skills to start your career as a registered nurse.

Elizabeth Canobio - Bachelor of Nursing

Nurses make a difference to people’s lives every day. Working across many different communities, registered nurses are in high demand across diverse roles in a vital global industry.

Major areas of study include foundational nursing care, acute care nursing, and mental health nursing.

Theoretical content is supported with nursing practice laboratories, clinical simulation and clinical practice.

Other areas of study include anatomy and physiology and complex care nursing in both acute care and mental health settings with an emphasis on research-based practice.

RMIT’s nursing degree prepares you for diverse and complex healthcare environments through academic excellence, innovative research and clinical practice.

Major areas of study include:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • community care nursing
  • foundational nursing care
  • continuing care nursing
  • high dependency nursing
  • medical surgical nursing
  • mental health nursing.

This degree features:

  • clinical practice in each year, in a range of clinical settings across metropolitan and rural areas
  • clinical laboratories, giving you extended access to the labs to practise your nursing skills
  • mental health nursing subjects
  • a core indigenous health subject
  • professional development support to prepare you for graduate employment.

NOTE: RMIT have state of the art simulated learning facilities for student learning and practice. You will participate in simulated practice within these facilities in preparation for placement. As a part of participation, you may be filmed for learning, teaching, reflection and assessment and this is considered an inherent part of our learning and teaching program. Recordings will be maintained in accordance with our assessment, document retention and privacy policies.

Details

This degree combines theory, nursing laboratory skills, clinical simulation and clinical practice to ensure you are job-ready at graduation.

It provides a thorough grounding in biosciences and evidence-based care.

You'll also gain skills in caring for people in acute care settings, such as medical, surgical, and mental health nursing, as well as specialised areas of nursing practice.

You'll develop skills in our interactive nursing laboratories using high-fidelity simulation and gain experience in a diverse range of clinical placements. Together, this ensures you can provide the best healthcare to patients when you graduate.

You'll have the opportunity to undertake 20 weeks of clinical practice in a range of healthcare settings, including major metropolitan and/or rural hospitals and the community sector.

Throughout the degree, emphasis is placed on research-based nursing practice.

Industry involvement in this degree is extensive and includes: 

  • Clinical placements for all students in a variety of healthcare agencies
  • Healthcare agencies are also involved in the development and monitoring of the degree via course advisory groups
  • Clinical staff from healthcare agencies are directly involved with clinical supervision of students.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

View the learning outcomes for each stream:

Year 1

You'll study biosciences, fundamentals of nursing practice, essentials of health care in Australia and undertake clinical practice.

Year 2

You'll extend the knowledge and skills developed in Year 1 and focus on caring for people in acute care settings, such as medical, surgical and mental health nursing.

Year 3

You'll acquire further knowledge and skills in general and more specialised areas of nursing practice. A professional development seminar will prepare you for working as a registered nurse.

You will also have the opportunity to select one elective in an area that interests you for a broader learning experience. Elective examples:

  • Palliative Care
  • Introduction to Advanced Speciality Nursing
  • Paediatric Nursing
  • Dual diagnosis, co-morbidity and society.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Bachelor of Nursing
Program code: BP032

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Nursing
Bundoora Campus
3 years full time
BP032P04
023212J
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
3 years full time
Plan code
BP032P04
CRICOS
023212J
Bachelor of Nursing
Bundoora Campus
3 years full time
BP032P04
023212J
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
3 years full time
Plan code
BP032P04
CRICOS
023212J
Bachelor of Nursing
Bundoora Campus
3 years full time
BP032P04D2
023212J
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
3 years full time
Plan code
BP032P04D2
CRICOS
023212J
Bachelor of Nursing
Bundoora Campus
3 years full time
BP032P04D2
023212J
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
3 years full time
Plan code
BP032P04D2
CRICOS
023212J

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP032P04 - 3200231201

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Please note: BP032P04D2 plan is only available for applicants who completed an Australian Diploma of Nursing within the past ten years and hold NMBA registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP032P04 - 3200231203

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

 

Career

Working with a range of healthcare professionals, nurses are involved in the care of individuals, families and communities.

Nurses use their clinical judgement to advocate and promote safe healthcare environments. They are also involved in education and research, shaping health policy and approaches to patient care.

Nurses perform complex assessments of the physical and psychological needs of patients and put together care plans for their treatment and recovery.

They assist medical staff who perform invasive or complex procedures, educate patients to promote self-care and health, perform clinical tasks such as wound management and medication administration, and supervise other nurses or healthcare workers.

They can also specialise in a range of areas including emergency, paediatrics, cardiology, education, mental health, aged care, critical care, oncology and public health.

Nurses work in hospitals, general practices, aged-care facilities and community care. They work across a wide range of fields including:

  • emergency
  • mental health
  • neonatal
  • orthopaedic
  • paediatric
  • rehabilitation
  • oncology
  • critical care
  • aged-care.

Career outlook

Nursing is an essential profession with a high number of employees in Australia and around the world.

Graduates will have excellent employment prospects in a diverse range of metropolitan, rural, remote, and overseas healthcare settings, including:

  • public and private hospitals
  • community and public health
  • acute care nursing
  • mental health nursing
  • aged-care nursing
  • specialty support services
  • industry and school health nursing.

Graduates have gone on to work at a range of organisations including:

  • public and private acute care hospitals
  • community mental health organisations
  • healthcare organisations in other countries.

The Bachelor of Nursing degree is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) as an "entry to nursing practice" degree. Successful completion of the requirements of this degree will enable RMIT graduates to apply for registration with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

When applying for registration, in addition to completing the Bachelor of Nursing program, graduates will need to meet all registration standards set by the NMBA. Refer to the NMBA Registration Standards for further information.

Admissions


Applying for BP032P04 (3 year full-time duration)

PLEASE NOTE: The BP032P04 plan is not available in the semester 2 / midyear intake.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification).

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent studies.

English proficiency requirements

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) requires all applicants for the Bachelor of Nursing to provide evidence of meeting the required English proficiency level prior to entry. See the NMBA website for details.

If you are applying direct to RMIT, you must complete and submit the Bachelor of Nursing selection task (declaration form) to show that you meet the English language requirements for entry to the program. See the Selection tasks page for instructions.

If you are applying to RMIT through VTAC, please download and complete the form on the VTAC course page and attached the signed form to your VTAC application.

Your application for the Bachelor of Nursing cannot be considered until this declaration has been submitted. As entry to this program is competitive, you are encouraged to complete your application as soon as possible.

Rankings and adjustment factors

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors include equity access schemes and/or subject adjustments.

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

Selection criteria by applicant type for BP032P04

Please select the highest level of education you have or will be completing in order to find out the selection criteria that applies to you, in addition to meeting the above entry requirements.

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement. You will be ranked on your ATAR plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12

School Network Access Program (SNAP)

  • The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary participation by giving priority access to RMIT diploma and degree programs to eligible applicants currently studying Year 12 at a SNAP partner school.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12 or whose highest qualification is a completed Year 12.

Subject adjustments

  • A study score of 25 in any Information Technology, any Mathematics or any Science equals 2 aggregate points per study. 
  • Overall maximum of 8 points.

Regional adjustments

  • RMIT automatically allocates adjustment factors to applicants from a low socio-economic status area for all programs that select primarily on ATAR. 
  • Low socio-economic status areas are determined by applying the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., level of TAFE qualification completed (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your highest completed qualification:

  • Advanced Diploma: 81
  • Diploma: 72
  • Certificate IV: 54

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with vocational education training, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program.

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., GPA (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. Previous fail grades in similar courses may affect your eligibility.

You must have satisfactorily completed at least four courses (subjects) (0.5 EFTSL) at an Australian undergraduate level (or overseas equivalent). You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your GPA.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with higher education study, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

Personal statement

If you have been excluded from a program due to academic progress you are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining the strategies you will adopt to ensure academic success.

If you are applying to RMIT through VTAC you can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via your online VTAC account.

If you are applying direct to RMIT you can upload your completed personal statement via your online direct application.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) score (including any adjustment factors).

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) and meet the stated prerequisites. 

Work and life experience does not provide any additional consideration for entry to this program. You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with work or life experience, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Subject adjustments

  • A study score of 25 in any Information Technology, any Mathematics or any Science equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 8 points.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Applying for BP032P04D2 (2 year full-time duration) plan

You can apply for the plan code BP032P04D2 if you: 

  • have successfully completed the RMIT Diploma of Nursing (training package HTL54115); and
  • are registered as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Applicants who have completed a different Diploma of Nursing training package should apply for the 3-year BP032P04 Bachelor of Nursing plan and if successful, apply for individual credit assessment after receiving an offer.

English proficiency requirements

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) requires all applicants for the Bachelor of Nursing to provide evidence of meeting the required English proficiency level prior to entry. See the NMBA website for details.

If you are applying direct to RMIT, you must complete and submit the Bachelor of Nursing selection task (declaration form) to show that you meet the English language requirements for entry to the program. See the Selection tasks page for instructions.

If you are applying to RMIT through VTAC, please download and complete the form on the VTAC course page and attached the signed form to your VTAC application.

Your application for the Bachelor of Nursing cannot be considered until this declaration has been submitted. As entry to this program is competitive, you are encouraged to complete your application as soon as possible.

Rankings and adjustment factors

As there is an articulation agreement in place, recent graduates of the RMIT Diploma of Nursing who meet the above entry requirements will be selected first for a place in this program (BP032P04D2), in order that applications are received. For all other applicants, entry to this program is competitive. If there are places remaining, eligible applicants are ranked and selected in the order that applications are received.

No adjustment factors are taken into consideration.

Selection criteria by applicant type for BP032P04D2

Please select the highest level of education you have or will be completing in order to find out the selection criteria that applies to you, in addition to meeting the above entry requirements.

The BP032P04D2 plan is not available to applicants whose highest level of education is recent secondary education.

The BP032P04D2 plan is not available to applicants whose highest level of education is Vocational Education and Training study in an unrelated field.

You can apply for the plan code BP032P04D2 if you: 

  • have successfully completed the RMIT Diploma of Nursing (training package HTL54115); and
  • are registered as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

The BP032P04D2 plan is not available to applicants whose highest level of education is Higher Education study in an unrelated field.

You can apply for the plan code BP032P04D2 if you: 

  • have successfully completed the RMIT Diploma of Nursing (training package HTL54115); and
  • are registered as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Personal statement

If you have been excluded from a program due to academic progress you are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining the strategies you will adopt to ensure academic success.

If you are applying to RMIT through VTAC you can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via your online VTAC account.

If you are applying direct to RMIT you can upload your completed personal statement via your online direct application.

The BP032P04D2 plan is not available to applicants whose highest level of education is Work and Life Experience.


Additional information (applicable to both plans)

Students who are successful in obtaining a place in the program must meet a number of Immunisation and Compliance requirements upon commencement of their studies in the program.

Immunisation and vaccination requirements*

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (dTpa – adult dose), must be this immunisation NOT ADT (Adult Diphtheria/Tetanus – does not contain the pertussis component)
  • Poliomyelitis: primary course of 3 vaccination doses
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR, 2 vaccination doses AND blood test (serology report) to confirm immunity
  • Hepatitis A: primary course of 2 vaccination doses OR serology to show immunity to Hep A Ab
  • Hepatitis B: primary course of 3 vaccination doses AND serology to confirm anti-HBV level is greater than or equal to 10mIU/ml
  • Varicella: 2 vaccination doses OR blood test (serology report) to confirm immunity OR history of chickenpox
  • Influenza Vaccination: annual requirement
  • Tuberculin Screen: Tuberculin Skin Test OR Quantiferon TB Assay blood test (serology) to show immunity. This is an annual requirement for the duration of your study.

Please note: A full course of immunisations can take up to 7 months to complete, you should contact your medical practitioner prior to entering the program to commence immunisations. It is a requirement that you will have commenced all immunisations and will continue to progress this until completion of the vaccination courses by the deadlines set by the university.

Compliance requirements

  • Police Check: Students must present evidence of a successful National Police Records Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program (Annual requirement for the duration of your Program). National Police records check are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using the student’s name and the RMIT issued student email address, once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
  • Working with Children Check (valid for 5 years): Students must hold a valid Working with Children Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program.
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check*:  You may be required to apply for and receive an acceptable NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to undertaking professional placement with an NDIS provider as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
  • COVID19 Vaccination*: You will be required to undertake COVID19 Vaccination as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.

For more information or if you have any questions about these requirements please contact RMIT Connect – Work and Study Opportunities where your enquiry will be dealt with accordingly.

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

View the ATAR profile and selection rank from students offered a place into this program wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most relevant recent intake period.

The student profile provides insight into the likely peer group for this program.

*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments) for current and recent Year 12 applicants.

RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options. Find out more about admission to RMIT.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 65% (see calculator below).

You may also be considered if you have satisfactorily completed a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia certified Diploma of Nursing within the last 10 years and have registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Applicants applying for semester 2 intake must successfully complete one of the following:

  • An Australian accredited Diploma of Nursing program within 12 months of their commencement of the Bachelor of Nursing program
    OR
  • An Australian accredited Diploma of Nursing program more than 12 months but less than 10 years from their commencing the Bachelor of Nursing program AND register as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Selection task dates

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (academic module): Minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • OET: Minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • PTE Academic: Minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT): Minimum total score of 94 and a minimum score in each section of the test:
    • 24 for listening
    • 24 for reading
    • 27 for writing
    • 23 for speaking

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Additional information

Immunisation: Students must receive adequate immunisation for healthcare workers prior to undertaking clinical components of the program.

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 program.

Working With Children Check: Students must hold a valid Working With Children Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program.

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 practise 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.

Students who are successful in obtaining a place in the Bachelor of Nursing degree must meet a number of Immunisation and Compliance requirements upon commencement of their studies in the program.

Immunisation and vaccination requirements*

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (dTpa – adult dose), must be this immunisation NOT ADT (Adult Diphtheria/Tetanus – does not contain the pertussis component)
  • Poliomyelitis: primary course of 3 vaccination doses
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR, 2 vaccination doses AND blood test (serology report) to confirm immunity
  • Hepatitis A: primary course of 2 vaccination doses OR serology to show immunity to Hep A Ab
  • Hepatitis B: primary course of 3 vaccination doses AND serology to confirm anti-HBV level is greater than or equal to 10mIU/ml
  • Varicella: 2 vaccination doses OR blood test (serology report) to confirm immunity OR history of chickenpox
  • Influenza Vaccination: annual requirement
  • Tuberculin Screen: Tuberculin Skin Test OR Quantiferon TB Assay blood test (serology) to show immunity. This is an annual requirement for the duration of your study.

Please note: A full course of immunisations can take up to 7 months to complete, you should contact your medical practitioner prior to entering the program to commence immunisations. It is a requirement that you will have commenced all immunisations and will continue to progress this until completion of the vaccination courses by the deadlines set by the university.

Compliance requirements

  • Police Check: Students must present evidence of a successful National Police Records Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program (Annual requirement for the duration of your Program). National Police records check are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using the student’s name and the RMIT issued student email address, once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
  • Working with Children Check (valid for 5 years): Students must hold a valid Working with Children Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program.
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check*:  You may be required to apply for and receive an acceptable NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to undertaking professional placement with an NDIS provider as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
  • COVID19 Vaccination*: You will be required to undertake COVID19 Vaccination as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.

For more information or if you have any questions about these requirements please contact RMIT Connect – Work and Study Opportunities where your enquiry will be dealt with accordingly.

*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student. 

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred course. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

When you successfully complete this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Graduates may pursue further study in an area of specialisation. RMIT offers:

You may be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing with 2 semesters of credit (equivalent to 96 credit points) when you successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing. The remaining duration will depend on the commencing intake of the Bachelor of Nursing.

Applicants for the RMIT Bachelor of Nursing degree will be required to meet the new English language skills standard specified by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Completion of the Diploma of Nursing may no longer meet this standard and applicants may have to submit current English proficiency test results to meet the new requirement. 

English proficiency tests must be taken within two years of the bachelor commencement date.

If you have completed the Diploma of Nursing more than 12 months but less than 10 years prior to your Bachelor of Nursing application, you must be registered as an enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and provide of evidence of this in order to qualify for selection and receive full credit.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The first year indicative tuition rates are expected later in the year and will be published when they are available.

2022 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$3,985 to AU$14,630*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The first year indicative tuition rates are expected later in the year and will be published when they are available.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students who commenced their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2022 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,985 per standard year
$498 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,401 per standard year
$1,425 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $14,630 per standard year
$1,828 per standard (12 credit point) course

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022* is $315. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$37,440.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$112,320.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.