Bachelor of Nursing
Be a part of a flexible and rewarding career in nursing
With a combination of theory and clinical simulation in our well-resourced labs and nursing wards, USQ’s Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for practice as a registered nurse, in hospitals, community settings, mental health settings, GP practices, clinics, rural and remote health services and aged care facilities across Australia and the world.
The program aligns with current Australian professional nursing standards of practice and will give you the skills to deliver high-quality nursing care to people of all ages.
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.
Flexible blended deliveryPrefer studying online? Our flexible delivery option allows the on-campus component of this program to be studied in intensive residential schools each semester, combined with online delivery and face-to-face clinical experience.
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 Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
As a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing you will have the skills required to work as a registered nurse 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 international nursing.
This program is also a pathway to graduate-entry midwifery and mental health programs and other specialties within nursing and health care.
In addition to the course structure outlined 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.
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 (8 units) in this program are:
|Commonwealth supported||AUD 7035|
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 22000|
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.
The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 14/68. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2019.
- Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
- Recommended prior study: Mathematics A or equivalent and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science21 or equivalent.
Satisfaction of admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within the Bachelor of Nursing are limited by quota. Quota size is determined by the availability of hospital placements. Where the quota is filled, no further places will be offered.
Additional requirements for placements
All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing residential schools and clinical placements:
- Blue Card or Working with Children Check
- Australian Federal Police Criminal History Check certificate
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate
- Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist
- Queensland Health Student Deed Poll
- Queensland Health iLearn Modules
- A signed USQ Clinical Placement Declaration including a requirement to undertake shift work.
Plus evidence of the following immunisations:
- Hepatitis B immunisation
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertussis, and Varicella immunisation
- Tuberculosis risk assessment and Influenza immunisation.
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
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.
Further admission information
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.
Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.
USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.
How to apply
- Please apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre).
You will need to note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.
If you are an Enrolled Nurse (EN) / Endorsed Enrolled Nurse (EEN) with a Diploma of Nursing qualification, please use the following QTAC codes:
Additional supporting documentation is required for a Diploma of Nursing completed outside of 5 years:
- proof of current AHPRA registration
- supporting letter from employer to confirm continued employment at EN level
- evidence of continued Professional Development - any in-house training; industry certification etc.
- Due to high demand, applications for Semester 1, 2020 have now closed.
- Applications for Semester 2, 2020 close on Thursday 28 May 2020. Top-up round of applications close Thursday 18 June 2020, where places are not filled in the previous round.