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Bachelor of Nursing


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UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Casuarina Campus
Course Duration
3 year/s
6 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
Semester 1

Batchelor: Indigenous students are also able to undertake a number of units internally at Batchelor Institute.
External: this course is available online through distance education with some on-campus attendance requirements.

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CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Bachelor of Nursing
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Area of study
Health and Medicine

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia have made changes to the English language skills registration standard. Please refer to their website for further information

The Bachelor of Nursing is a professionally accredited degree that meets the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) qualification criterion for registration as a Division 1 nurse in Australia. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing, you are prepared to be a safe, collaborative, articulate and ethical registered nurse who is responsive to local, national and regional health care needs and aware of emerging global health care trends.

The course is offered externally (online) and internally (on campus). The internal mode is available only at the Casuarina Campus. Regardless of the mode of enrolment, all students are required to complete a full-time on-campus simulation block at an approved CDU venue in each year level of the course, as preparation for clinical placement. Simulation blocks are offered at Casuarina and Sydney campuses. CDU allocates places in simulation blocks and cannot guarantee a place at a specific venue. All costs associated with attendance at simulation blocks are your responsibility.

You will complete supervised clinical placements (880 hours in total) across the three years of the course in a variety of health care settings, including opportunities to participate in international study tours and exchanges that are in addition to the required 880 hours and a student's own cost. All students, regardless of your study mode or pattern, are required to complete clinical placement on a full time, rotating shift basis across a seven-day week roster, including night shifts, weekends and public holidays. CDU arranges all placements and cannot guarantee that placements will be arranged in the semester of enrolment or near your residential location. All costs associated with placement attendance are your responsibility. Non-acceptance of placement or placement arranged outside of semester of enrolment may impact completing the Bachelor of Nursing within 3 years.

As a nursing student, you will be required to have an inherent set of qualities. Nursing requires a degree of physical strength and mobility, endurance, communication and cognitive abilities for safe practice. If you think you may experience challenges in meeting the inherent requirements for nursing, you are encouraged to contact the Bachelor of Nursing Course Coordinator to discuss any concerns you may have before enrolling in the course.

Reporting obligations: Under the national Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, CDU is required to register nursing students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and to notify AHPRA if a student has or develops a health impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm. More information available at NMBA Student Registration.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in public and private hospitals and medical clinics in areas such as mental health, community health, acute and chronic care.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration with the Health Licensing Authority (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia).

Credit transfers & pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:

Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

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  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The course consists of 24 units. Two (2) common units provide students with the foundation knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the course, prepare them for lifelong learning and promote the concept of cultural safety in practice, in particular to addressing the needs of Indigenous and multi-cultural Australians.

Twenty-one (21) compulsory core units provide students with essential knowledge that underpins a population health and person-centred approach to nursing practice when caring for people with acute and chronic health problems. The specialist elective unit provides greater depth of knowledge and allows students to study a generalised or specialty subjects in which they have a specific interest.

Detailed course requirements and study information will be published as soon as it becomes available.


Study plan

Detailed course requirements and study information will be published as soon as it becomes available.


Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2021: Information about fees and charges for 2021 are not yet available however will be published prior to 1 December 2020.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.





UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.




If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

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