Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry)

Choose Nursing at La Trobe

Your pathway to becoming a registered nurse

  • Take the next step in your nursing career
  • Complete your degree in 18 months to two years
  • Gain extra support to help you make the transition to university study
  • Study in a hospital environment with our unique clinical schools model

Career opportunities

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.

What you'll learn

Studying at our Clinical Schools

You’ll take classes, labs and some placements at one of our four clinical schools. This hospital becomes your ‘base’ for your day to day studies. You’re allocated a clinical school based on your home address.

Our clinical schools are located at:

  • Austin Health
  • Alfred Health
  • The Northern Health
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital

What this means for you:

  • You are learning from nursing experts who bring their experience directly from the ward to your classroom.
  • You are embedded in a hospital during your studies, so you become comfortable applying the skills and expertise you gain in a typical nursing work environment.
  • You have the chance get to know staff within the hospitals, and they get to know you.

All these things give you an advantage when seeking employment as a graduate.

Your nursing placements

You’ll have some placements at your clinical school and some placements at partner organisations that are affiliated with your clinical school. Depending which clinical school you study at, your placements will be loosely grouped in the regions below:

  • Austin Health Clinical School – placements in inner south east suburbs
  • Alfred Health Clinical School – placements in inner city suburbs
  • Northern Health Clinical School – placements in northern suburbs
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School – placements in north eastern suburbs

What this means for you:

  • You get the breadth of placement experience you need to be a capable Registered Nurse
  • Your placements will all be within a specific region, as our partners are loosely grouped geographically around a clinical school
  • You aren’t tied to our Melbourne campus in Bundoora

For more information, including course structure, please refer to The University Handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

Course structure for Diploma graduates and ENs

Your first subject is ‘Transition to Bachelor of Nursing’. We know starting university studies can be daunting, especially if you haven’t studied in many years. This unit is designed to help you make the transition from TAFE or industry to academic studies.

When you start:

Start study in March, semester 1

Start study in June, mid-year

How you’ll study:

In semester 1, you’ll do the Transition to Bachelor of Nursing subject part-time to help you to settle into study, before starting full-time study in semester 2.

You’ll do the Transition to Bachelor of Nursing subject in intensive mode over the winter semester. Once you’ve completed this subject, you’ll continue with full-time study in semester 2.

How long it will take:

Complete the course in 2 years.

Complete the course in 18 months.

Pathway options are also available for students with a Certificate IV. For full details, see the Handbook entry.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

Scholarships and financial support

You may be eligible for our student exchange program, and we have a range of financial support to help you add an international experience to your studies.

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

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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