Nursing

Why study a Nursing course?

Nurses promote health and well-being and look after the health care needs of people of all ages and from all cultures. We have an excellent reputation for our nursing education and offer a range of pathways to become a Registered Nurse (Division 1).

Our students are better situated for graduate position offers.

In 2012, 97% of our students were placed with their preferred hospital  (state average 54%)*

  • We were the first nursing university course in Australia - our first course commencing in 1974.
  • We have partnerships with leading Victorian Hospitals.
  • We have our own teaching space, referred to as Clinical Schools at The Alfred, Austin Health, Northern Health, Royal Melbourne, Mercy Health and The Women's.
  • During your final 18 months you will be located at one of our partner hospitals across Melbourne.
  • Our hospital simulation centres help students prepare for the hospital environment.
  • Students undertake their clinical placement in hospitals, gaining experience and confidence in complex healthcare.
  • Clinical supervision is provided by clinical nurses and midwives delivering patient care as well as academic nursing and midwifery staff from La Trobe.

*Nursing Graduate Program

La Trobe University Clinical Schools

A week with a Nursing-Midwifery student

Career opportunities in Nursing

Graduates are highly sought after and have transportable skills. You can expect to work in the health care industry, education and government. You may be eligible for registration in other countries as well as membership of the Royal College of Nursing Australia. See registration standards.

Courses

Local students

2015

Bachelor of Nursing

Duration :
3 years full-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga 51.8
Bendigo 53.65
Melbourne 65.4
Mildura 50.9
Shepparton 54.6
Year
2015
Course description
Our three-year nursing degree gives you practical experience from first year. You'll graduate ready to register as a Division 1 nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority.

Your hands-on experience begins at our on-campus hospital simulation centres and extends to supervised experience in hospitals and healthcare agencies. Senior students will study at one of our clinical schools in leading Victorian hospitals like The Alfred, The Austin, Royal Melbourne and The Royal Women's Hospital.

You'll cover practical nursing subjects like bioscience, long-term critical illness, Indigenous health and intercultural health as you learn to care for people of all ages with long-term conditions, emergency health care needs and mental health care needs. You'll also learn how to manage your time, lead teams, manage caseloads and make ethical clinical decisions with a compassionate and caring approach.

You may be eligible for a La Trobe scholarship or a scholarship from the Australian College of Nursing to support your studies. Our student exchange program may also offer overseas study opportunities with one of our partner universities around the world.

Job prospects are excellent, with around 97% of our 2012 graduates finding placements in their preferred hospital. You may also be eligible to work overseas.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English (any). NSW HSC: English Standard or English Advanced (Band 3) or English as a Second Language (Band 4).
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
To be confirmed.

Middle band
A study score of 20 in one but no more than two of Biology, Chemistry, Health and Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics or Psychology equates to one aggregate point per study. Overall maximum of two aggregate points.

Costs
You should allow approximately A$360 for a uniform, name badge and equipment (stethoscope). You can purchase these items from any supplier, however La Trobe University-branded uniforms must be purchased from a University approved vendor; these items remain your personal property. You must also complete a First Aid Level II course, A$160, Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University and you need to complete CPR assessment annually.
Check with your clinical placement coordinator for details of First Aid training providers. A National Police Check at an annual cost of approximately A$20 and a Working with Children Check (no cost), are required for professional experience placements in clinical and community settings. To enable clinical placements, students enrolled in the program will be registered as students, at no cost, with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$20 - $400. Accommodation and travel costs for professional placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
Students enrolled in the program will be registered as students, at no cost with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please note the AHPRA standard of English language required to register as a nurse in Australia, introduced July 1, 2010.
See the AHPRA website for the latest requirements.
How to apply
Apply from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or register for updates now. Year 12 students can apply for this course now through our Aspire Program.

You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
NursingMelbourne
NursingBendigo
NursingMildura
NursingShepparton
NursingAlbury-Wodonga

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

Duration :
4 years full-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 77.75
Year
2015
Course description
We offer practical experience in all four years of this course, producing multi-skilled graduates who play a critical role in healthcare.
First year gives you a solid grounding in healthcare fundamentals through subjects such as human biosciences and public health, while also introducing you to the fundamentals of both nursing and midwifery. In second, third and fourth years, you'll study specialised subjects including Indigenous and intercultural health, postnatal care of the new family, care of newborns with complex health issues, mental health and illness. You'll also practice both nursing and midwifery in emergency and time-critical settings.
Throughout this four-year course, you'll learn to recognise maternal conditions and complications, and to manage changing social and cultural practices. You'll also complete placements for both nursing and midwifery in a range of metropolitan, rural and interstate settings, and have the chance to study overseas.
Clinical placements are a feature in every semester of this double degree, and may be undertaken at a number of our clinical partner agencies including The Alfred, Austin Health, Northern Health, The Womens and Mercy Hospital for Women. These rotations give you first-hand experience of the reality of what it's like to work as a midwife and nurse.
Once you complete these rotations, you'll be eligible for nursing and midwifery registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA).
Career opportunities
While this double degree provides clear career pathways to hospital positions as a registered nurse and midwife, it can also lead to positions in aged-care, hospices, and schools, as well as to administrative positions in government, aid organisations, healthcare centres and clinics.
Professional recognition
Graduates seeking registration must apply with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and meet the Board's registration standards. Visit the NMBA website for more information

Please note: the NMBA has set an English Language Skills
Registration Standard. After registration, graduates may be eligible for registration in other countries as well as membership of the Royal College of Nursing Australia.
Prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English ( EAL ) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Middle band
Re-ranking is based on Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$360 for a uniform and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniform must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain students personal property. In addition, students must obtain a National Police Certificate - AUD$15.50 (annual), immunisations - AUD$250-470, and a First Aid II Certificate - AUD$160. All prices are approximate. Students need to complete the First Aid Level II Certificate course. Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the venue. Costs are subject to change.
Additional information
All applicants must be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. Applicants with a disability, medical condition or other concerns that may affect their potential participation should contact the School on (03) 9479 5950 to discuss any possible course modifications.

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
How to apply
Apply from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or register for updates now. Year 12 students can apply for this course now through our Aspire Program.

You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Nursing/MidwiferyMelbourne

Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry)

Duration :
2 years full-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga N/A
Bendigo N/A
Melbourne N/A
Mildura N/A
Shepparton N/A
Year
2015
Course description
Upgrade your current Enrolled Nurse qualification with our two-year Enrolled Nurse Entry degree. You'll graduate ready to register as a Division 1 nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA).

Your hands-on experience begins at our on-campus clinical learning unit, and you'll also have the opportunity to study at one of our clinical schools in leading Victorian hospitals like The Alfred, Royal Melbourne and The Royal Women's Hospital.

Alongside this clinical experience, you'll study practical topics including medications, clinical assessment and decision making and caring for older people. You'll also take more specialised subjects like Challenging Interactions in Nursing, Complex Care Nursing and Managing Chronic Conditions.

You may be eligible for a La Trobe scholarship or a scholarship from the Australian College of Nursing. Our student exchange program may also offer overseas study opportunities with one of our partner universities around the world.

Advanced standing credits will be given to applicants with nursing experience or a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Nursing. You need a current Enrolled Nurse Registration with AHPRA to be eligible for this course. If your initial nursing registration occurred before 2008, you'll need to complete a bridging course in human physiology and anatomy before starting this degree.

Job prospects are excellent, with around 97% of our 2012 graduates finding placements in their preferred hospitals. You may also be eligible to work overseas.
Prerequisite
Applicants must be registered as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2) on the NMBA public register to be considered for selection. Applicants applying to regional campuses may be required to attend an interview. They will be advised of this by phone or email.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants are welcome to provide supporting documentation. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online for other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work experience or reasons for applying.

Some applicants may be requried to attend an interview.
Costs
Students should allow approximately A$300 for a uniform and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Students must also complete a First Aid Level II course, A$160, which is not conducted by La Trobe University. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$15.50 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for professional experience placements in clinical and community settings. To enable clinical placements, students enrolled in the program will be registered as students, at no cost, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
Applicants must submit a certified copy of their Enrolled Nurse Registration to VTAC. A repeat test will be held in mid-December for late applicants. Successful applicants with pre-2008 Enrolled Nurse/Division 2 qualification require successful completion of a La Trobe University approved human anatomy and physiology bridging program, and all successful applicants must complete a Course-Specific Cornerstone Transition program. Both are conducted at La Trobe prior to course commencement.

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
How to apply
VTAC. Please note that late applications will only be considered after we've selected VTAC applicants, and only if places in the course remain. Late applications for Mildura, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga or Bendigo only.
Full course details
Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry)Melbourne
Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry)Bendigo

Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)

Duration :
2 years full-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga N/A
Bendigo N/A
Melbourne N/A
Year
2015
Course description
Add a nursing qualification to your existing degree with this two-year graduate course, which gives you practical experience from first year. You'll graduate ready to register as a Division 1 nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority.

Your hands-on experience begins at our on-campus clinical learning unit. Later in your degree you'll also have the opportunity to study at one of our clinical schools in leading Victorian hospitals like The Alfred, Royal Melbourne and The Royal Women's Hospital.

'The highlight of the course has been the clinical rotations,' says nursing student Laura Huguenin. 'This kind of experience has helped me consolidate the knowledge and skills I've learned in the classroom.'

Alongside this clinical experience, you'll study subjects like medications in nursing, clinical assessment and decisions, nursing older people and managing chronic conditions. Subjects like Challenging Interactions in Nursing, Complex Care Nursing and Managing Chronic Conditions will also help prepare you for your role in the workplace. All our subjects draw from the latest in nursing research.

To support your studies, you may be eligible for a La Trobe scholarship or a scholarship from the Australian College of Nursing. Our student exchange program also offers overseas study opportunities with partner universities around the world.

Job prospects are excellent, with around 97% of our 2012 graduates finding placements in their preferred hospitals. You may also be eligible to work overseas.

You'll receive advanced standing credits for your previous degree, enabling you to complete this degree in two years instead of three. If your previous degree didn't include studies in human physiology and anatomy, you'll need to complete a bridging course before starting this course.
Prerequisite
Relevant Australian Bachelors degree or equivalent, and previous study in human anatomy and physiology. See 'Year 12 and non-Year 12 extra requirements' below.

Applicants without prior study in anatomy and physiology at an appropriate level must successfully complete a La Trobe University-approved human anatomy and physiology bridging program.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants must supply academic transcripts to VTAC. Those without a background in human bioscience must undertake a bridging course in anatomy and physiology. All successful applicants are also required to undertake a compulsory cornerstone transition program.

Applicants with a low grade point average may consider sitting the STAT Multiple Choice.

Applicants are welcome to provide supporting documentation. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online for other information to be considered during the selection process - professional experience, for example, or reasons for applying.
Costs
Students should allow approximately A$300 for a uniform and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniform must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain students personal property. Students must also complete a First Aid Level II course, A$160, which is not conducted by La Trobe University. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$15.50 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for professional experience placements in clinical and community settings. To enable clinical placements, students enrolled in the program will be registered as students, at no cost, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
All applicants must be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. Applicants with a disability, medical condition or other concerns that may affect their potential participation should contact the School on (03) 9479 5950 to discuss any possible course modifications.

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
How to apply
VTAC. Please note that late applications will only be considered after we've selected VTAC applicants, and only if places in the course remain.
Full course details
Nursing (Graduate Entry)Melbourne

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students

International students

2014

Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) (006295J)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
3 February 2014
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
23 730
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This is a course for registered nurses who want to further their career or prepare for postgraduate study. It aims to help you develop strong academic and practical skills required to comprehend, analyse and evaluate new knowledge in nursing. The curriculum focuses on intellectual development, critical thinking, and professional practice skills and knowledge.

This course also emphasises the importance of research-based and
evidence-based practise, and includes clinical experiences in simulated settings, hospitals and healthcare agencies. Clinical experience is an integral part of this course. Practicums are provided each year, integrating your knowledge and skills through observation and practice, in hospitals and healthcare agencies within regional and metropolitan areas.

Interstate placements may also be required. You can take placements either as single days or as a block of multiple weeks.
English Language Requirements
IELTS of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5

TOEFL (Paper Based): A minimum score of 600 with a score of TWE 6 or better in the Test of Written English

TOEFL (Internet Based): A minimum score of 96 with no individual score less than 24

or international equivalent.


Please note you will be required to achieve an IELTS of 7 in all bands or an OET with minimum B in all components, to be eligible for registration with. Please read the .
Academic entry requirements
International students must be currently registered as a general nurse with a recognised nursing authority.
International Baccalaureate: 24
LTM Foundation Studies: 75 and a minimum A in English
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately A$300 for a uniform and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Students must also complete a First Aid Level II course, A$160, which is not conducted by La Trobe University. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$15.50 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for professional experience placements in clinical and community settings. If we Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
Professional recognition
The course is recognised internationally as a Bachelor's degree qualification in nursing, however it should be noted that this course does not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Career opportunities
Graduates should be equipped with the knowledge and skills to further their career development, and are prepared for postgraduate study. It should be noted that this course does not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) (or equivalent).
Full course details
Nursing (Post-registration) Melbourne
Nursing (Post-registration) Bendigo

Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration) (020935J)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
25 880
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Mildura, Shepparton
Year
2014
Course description
La Trobe's Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) qualifies you for registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The degree also leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

You'll gain extensive clinical experience in on-campus clinical learning units, hospitals and healthcare agencies; and as a senior student you can base yourself at one of our innovative clinical schools.

Based on contemporary research and evidence-based practice, this nursing degree focuses on intellectual development, critical thinking and professional practice.

We also offer short or one-semester exchange programs with our international partners. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
English Language Requirements
IELTS of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5

TOEFL (Paper Based): A minimum score of 600 with a score of TWE 6 or better in the Test of Written English

TOEFL (Internet Based): A minimum score of 96 with no individual score less than 24

or international equivalent.

Please note you will be required to achieve an IELTS of 7 in all bands or an OET with minimum B in all components, to be eligible for registration with. Please read the .
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 75 and a minimum A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2013 (indicative only) - 70.30
International Baccalaureate - 24
GCE A Levels - 10
HKDSE - 3 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBC
STPM - 8.67
MICSS (UEC) - 4.5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 70
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 70
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.2
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website
If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Additional costs
You should allow approximately A$300 for a uniform and equipment. You can purchase these items from any supplier, however La Trobe University-branded uniforms must be purchased from a University approved vendor; these items remain your personal property.

You must also complete a First Aid Level II course, A$160, which is not conducted by La Trobe University. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$15.50 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for professional experience placements in clinical and community settings.

To enable clinical placements, students enrolled in the program will be registered as students, at no cost, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a Registered Nurse and are usually able to register with nurse registration authorities in several overseas countries.

Please note students enrolled in the program will be registered as students, at no cost, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Please note the NMBA Standard of English language required to register as a nurse in Australia, which was introduced July 1, 2010. The standard requires a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with no individual band less than 7.0, or an equivalent OET score. Students should check the NMBA website for the latest registration requirements:
the website
Career opportunities
Graduates may work in general and specialist hospitals, community health centres, extended care facilities, the armed forces and services for the intellectually disabled. The nursing profession offers a variety of career paths which may lead to specialist practice, an academic career or management position in health services.
Full course details
Nursing (Pre-registration)Melbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

We offer a three-year undergraduate nursing degree for VCE students, a two-year graduate-entry program, a two-year Division 2 conversion course for students with TAFE qualifications and a one-year post-registration Bachelor for students with overseas certification. The one-year Bachelor course does not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Clinical Schools

A considerable proportion of a nurse's undergraduate education is spent in the clinical setting and the Division has established clinical schools at four different hospitals around Victoria.

Specific Application Requirements

How to apply for the Bachelor of Nursing Division 2 Enrolled Nurse Conversion course.

How to apply for the Bachelor of Nursing course.

Nursing placements

Our courses include a number of placements in our clinical schools at major Victorian health care facilities.

Australian College of Nursing Scholarships

The Australian College of Nursing Australia has a Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme available which is funded by the Australian Government. For details, eligibility and applications visit the ACN web site.

Nursing International Programs

The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) is also conducted in Singapore in conjunction with the Singapore Nurses Association and in Hong Kong in collaboration with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Singapore based program is accredited by the Singapore Nursing Board. The Hong Kong program is registered under the non-local courses registry of the Education Bureau of Hong Kong.

For further information about the Hong Kong Bachelor of Nursing program please visit the Chinese University of Hong Kong web site.

For further information about the Singapore Bachelor of Nursing program please visit the Singapore Nursing Association web site

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

I have participated in 5 clinical rotations so far, and believe these are the highlight of the course in its entirety. They enabled me to consolidate the knowledge and skills I had learnt and provided a realistic practical application of them.

Ms Laura Huguenin,

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