How long does a Bachelor of Nursing take?
A Bachelor of Nursing will take you approximately three years to complete. Some students choose to study part-time which increases the time it takes to finish the required courses. You have a maximum of six years to complete the degree.
What can you do with a Bachelor of Nursing?
A nursing degree opens up career paths in a variety of health care areas, both in Australia and internationally. You might want to consider careers in:
- Theatre nursing
- Aged care nursing
- Private practice nursing
- Emergency nursing
- Oncology nursing
- Critical care nursing
- Hospice nursing.
Why study a Bachelor of Nursing?
A Bachelor of Nursing can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career in health care with many opportunities for advancement.
The demand for health care workers, in particular nurses, is ongoing in Australia. Health Workforce Australia (HWA) estimates that there will be a shortage of over 109 000 nurses by 2025*. With many specialisations to choose from, including Rural and Remote Health
, Public Health
, Sport and Exercise
, and Health Leadership
, career opportunities in healthcare are vast.
Can you complete a Bachelor of Nursing online?
Our nursing degree is available to study externally which means you learn your subject theory online and attend on-campus residential schools.
I am currently an enrolled nurse, how do I become a registered nurse?
To become a registered nurse you will need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing. Evidence of AHPRA registration is required in your application to study and upon enrolment.
If it has been over 5 years since you completed a Diploma of Nursing qualification, additional supporting documentation will be required with your application to study.
USQ's Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and to become a registered nurse upon completion of this degree you will need to satisfy the registration criteria of the NMBA.
Please view the entry requirements section of this page for details on supporting documentation.
Are flexible study options available?
You can choose to study our Bachelor of Nursing either on-campus (Ipswich and Toowoomba locations) or externally. Regardless of how you choose to study, you’ll experience the same level of support and opportunities to connect with others. Discover more about the different ways to study.
What pathways are available for a Bachelor of Nursing?
Our Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) is a free and flexible pathway, giving you an alternative entry path into the Bachelor of Nursing.
How much does a Bachelor of Nursing cost in Australia?
The cost of a Bachelor of Nursing in Australia will vary depending on the education provider you choose.
When you study with us, the first year of your studies will cost approximately AUD 4000 (Commonwealth supported place), not including:
- Clinical experience costs
- Student services and amenities fees
- Residential school costs.
Please view the fees and scholarships section of this page for details.
Why study a Bachelor of Nursing at USQ?
There are many great reasons to study a Bachelor of Nursing in Queensland and take the first steps to a fulfilling career:
- We are the number 1 university in Australia for nursing graduate starting salary (Good University Guide, 2022).
- Our research in nursing has been evaluated as world class in the recent ERA results.
- The Midwifery Simulation Centre provides a real-life environment for you to develop your clinical nursing skills.
- Our Nursing degree is fully accredited, aligning with current Australian professional nursing standards of practice.