Bachelor of Nursing (pre-registration)

Choose Nursing at La Trobe

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of healthcare, education and government environments at Australia's first university to offer nursing.*

Beginning with the fundamentals of biosciences, professional practice and assessments, and determinants of health, you’ll then move on to studies in long-term critical illness, Indigenous health and intercultural health – preparing you in caring for people of all ages and cultures, with a range of conditions and 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.

Your practical experience starts at our on-campus hospital simulation centres, and extends to supervised experience and placements in hospitals and healthcare agencies. If you study at our Melbourne campus, you'll be located at one of our Clinical Schools for your final two years of study. Each school has its own teaching space and is based at a leading hospital such as The Alfred, Austin Health, Northern Health and Royal Melbourne.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.

* Nightingale to now: Nurse education in Australia. R. Lynette. Russell (c1990)

Career opportunities in nursing

You could find yourself working in:

  • primary health care
  • hospitals
  • aged care facilities
  • government departments.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • assess patient conditions and care requirements
  • care for people of all ages and cultures
  • approach long and short-term illness
  • communicate with health care professionals and patients.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

AUD$6,349 per year (based on typical first-year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

AUD$32,000 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

International living expenses

Other than tuition fees, you should consider living and accommodation costs when planning your budget.

Course structure

In first year you'll study the fundamentals of nursing including biosciences, professional practice and assessments, and determinants of health. In second and third year, you'll examine in-depth aspects of nursing, including medication, acute care, mental health chronic conditions and complex care.

You'll gain hands-on experience at our on-campus hospital simulation centres and supervised placements in hospitals and healthcare agencies. You'll also study at our Clinical Schools located in leading Victorian hospitals.

First year subjects

Semester 1

Semester 2

Human Biosciences A

Human Biosciences B

Introduction to Professional Practice

Research and Evidence in Practice

Introduction to Nursing Assessment

Social Determinants of Health

Individual Determinants of Health

Nursing Assessment and Management

For full details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

Inside look

Read what Sophie Homfray has to say about this course.

Sophie Homfray

Sophie Homfray

Alumni; Student ambassador, Bachelor of Nursing

“La Trobe is a world class university, which gives you the ability to strive for academic excellence.”


My name is Sophie Homfray. I’m a Student Ambassador at La Trobe University and I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing.

I thoroughly enjoy my course because it gives me a wide perspective of what the occupation of nursing will involve.

I enjoy being a student ambassador because it gives me the opportunity to pass knowledge and experience on to prospective students and make new friends.

My advice to future students would be to talk to current students about their experience, which is the best way to get first-hand experience about university.

La Trobe is a world-class university, which gives you the ability to strive for academic excellence. The lecturers are approachable, knowledgeable and they aim to help you to the best of their ability.

I feel the qualities and attributes I have learnt at La Trobe will assist me in my future roles and in the wider community.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

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