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Bachelor of Nursing (BNUR)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Distance

  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba

The fast track option is not available for international students. This program is currently being re-accredited and is as a consequence likely to undergo some changes.
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Embark on a flexible and fulfilling career in nursing

The Bachelor of Nursing degree prepares you for the nursing profession as a registered nurse through a combination of coursework, clinical simulation in well-resourced on-campus nursing laboratories and quality clinical experience in a wide variety of health care settings.

Almost 50 percent of the program is devoted to clinical practice within simulated on-campus labs or in health care settings, including large metropolitan  hospitals, mental health services, regional health care services, aged care settings, community health services, specialty clinics and rehabilitation centres.

You will gain practical skills in addition to a comprehensive theoretical body of knowledge and the development of a full range of clinical and interpersonal skills needed to function as an effective practitioner.

Fast track your study

Our Bachelor of Nursing is the only degree in Queensland that offers an accelerated option that enables students who start in Semester 1 to study over summer and finish the six semesters of the program in two years. (The fast track option is not available for international students.)

Study externally

A flexible delivery option is available to eligible students, which allows the on-campus component to be studied in intensive residential schools each semester, combined with online delivery and face-to-face clinical experience.

Note: There will not be a Semester 2 intake for Bachelor of Nursing in 2016.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Nursing at USQ is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and is listed as an approved program with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulating Authority (AHPRA).

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing you will have the skills required to work as a Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse or Nurse Unit Manager in a multitude of settings in Australia or overseas including public and private hospitals, community health, mental health, aged care,  home health care, indigenous health, occupational health, rural practice and overseas nursing.

This program is also a pathway to graduate-entry midwifery and mental health programs and other specialties within nursing and health care.

Clinical experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this program.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 24
inc 840 hours clinical experience
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Clinical experience

Clinical courses will incur some additional costs, including uniform and equipment, transport to and from venues and, in some instances, living expenses, particularly for placements in rural and remote settings. Clinical placements that USQ can offer are dependent on availability and locality of those placements. For students studying in the External program or the on-campus program, these may occur away from the student’s geographical location.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6754
Domestic full fee paying AUD 18475

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2016 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. The rate is calculated on the basis of a full time year of study (8 units of study). Fees may vary as they are reviewed annually.

This is the 2016 OP / Rank for this program.

Entry Requirements

  • Year 12 English (4 SA) or equivalent
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Science21 is recommended
  • Mathematics knowledge is also recommended.
  • All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical practice within this program.
  • The fast track option is only available to students starting in Semester 1.
  • Limited places are available for domestic students entering in first year second semester to undertake the external (distance education) options within the program.

English Language Requirements

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.

How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)


QTAC codes

Mode Codes
Ipswich 936392
Toowoomba 906392

Closing dates

  • Applications for Semester 1, 2016 will close on 22 February, 2016.

Note: There will not be a Semester 2 intake for Bachelor of Nursing in 2016.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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