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

This course is designed with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations to enable you to practise in a broad range of settings with greater opportunity to lead, manage time and organise their work. Nursing is an industry-connected course which opens up direct pathways between study and the workplace for you to graduate career-ready.

Study the fundamentals of biosciences, professional practice and assessments, and determinants of health, as you learn to care for people of all ages and cultures, with a range of conditions and needs.

Your practical experience starts at our on-campus hospital clinical schools, simulation laboratories and extends to supervised experience and placements in some of Australia’s best hospitals. Our clinical schools are based at such high profile hospitals as The Alfred, Austin Health, Northern Health and Royal Melbourne to ensure you’ll get hands on experience.

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a nurse.**

Career opportunities

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

Our highly sought after graduates are now employed by a range of organisations including :

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

Graduates are highly sought after, and work in respected healthcare organisations including:

  • Alfred Health
  • Monash Medical Centre
  • Austin Health
  • Northern Health
  • Mercy Health
  • Women Hospital

* Nightingale to now: Nurse education in Australia. R. Lynette. Russell (c1990)
**Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

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Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March (Melbourne and regional) and July (Melbourne only)
Campus/ATAR*:
Albury-Wodonga 52.45
Bendigo 50.35
Melbourne 60
Mildura 52.5
Shepparton 54.2
Duration:
3 years full-time.
Prerequisites:
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a nurse. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements:
NY12 selection may consider ATAR, STAT Multiple Choice or GPA. Applicants who wish other information to be considered during the selection process must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement. This information may include work experience, reason for applying and anything else relevant to the course. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requires applicants who, upon completion of this course, will have completed less than 5 years of full time study taught and assessed in English (in AHPRA recognised countries), to demonstrate an overall IELTS score of 7.0, and with no individual band less than 7.0 at time of registration with AHPRA. Applicants should refer to the AHPRA website for the latest registration requirements and prior to applying for this course.
Subject bonus:
A study score of 20 in Health and Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education, Psychology or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional costs (other than health insurance):
Students should allow approximately AUD$450 for a uniform, name badge 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 the student's personal property. In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually), a Working with Children Check (no cost) and a First Aid II Certificate - AUD$160. Please note: this course is not conducted by La Trobe University and you will need to complete a CPR assessment annually. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250-AUD$500. Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue. Please note: all costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information:
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements 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. You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more. There is also a mid-year entry at the Melbourne Campus, commencing in July 2018. This course has limited opportunities for entry with advanced standing. Applicants may apply for entry including previous tertiary study, but offers may not include advanced standing for all previous subjects.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education
  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Human Biosciences A
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Nursing Assessment
  • Individual Determinants of Health

Semester 2

  • Human Biosciences B
  • Research and Evidence in Practice
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Nursing Assessment and Management

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Nursing Patients with Acute Illness A
  • Nursing & Midwifery Research
  • Nursing: Health Priorities A
  • One of the following four subjects:
  1. Education in Health Professional Practice
  2. Healthcare Ethics and Law
  3. Transitions in Dementia Care
  4. International and Clinical Elective for Nursing and Midwifery

Semester 2

  • Indigenous & Intercultural Health
  • Nursing Patients with Chronic Illness
  • Nursing: Health Priorities B
  • Nursing Patients with Acute Illness B

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Nursing Patients in a Time Critical Context
  • Nursing: Mental Health & Illness

Semester 2

  • Engagement in Professional Nursing
  • Primary Health Care Nursing
  • Nursing: Consolidating Reflective Clinical Practice

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

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Prepare for a career in nursing

Study at our leading clinical schools located in some of Australia's best hospitals.

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Choose Bachelor of Nursing (pre-registration) at La Trobe

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

This course is designed with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations to enable you to practise in a broad range of settings with greater opportunity to lead, manage time and organise their work. Nursing is an industry-connected course which opens up direct pathways between study and the workplace for you to graduate career-ready.

Study the fundamentals of biosciences, professional practice and assessments, and determinants of health, as you learn to care for people of all ages and cultures, with a range of conditions and needs.

Your practical experience starts at our on-campus hospital clinical schools, simulation laboratories and extends to supervised experience and placements in some of Australia’s best hospitals.  Our clinical schools located at The Alfred, Austin Health, Northern Health, Royal Melbourne, Mercy Health and The Women's ensure you will get hands on experience.

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a nurse.**

Career opportunities

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

Our highly sought after graduates are now employed by a range of organisations including :

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

Graduates are highly sought after, and work in respected healthcare organisations including:

  • Alfred Health
  • Monash Medical Centre
  • Austin Health
  • Northern Health
  • Mercy Health
  • Women Hospital

* Nightingale to now: Nurse education in Australia. R. Lynette. Russell (c1990)
**Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

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

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March (Melbourne and regional) and July (Melbourne only)
Fees amount ($A):
34 000
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga; Bendigo; Melbourne; Mildura; Shepparton
Duration:
3 years
English language requirements:
IELTS academic 7.0 with no band less than 6.5; or TOEFL (Paper Based): A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or better in the Test of Written English; or TOEFL (Internet Based): A minimum score of 94 with no individual score less than 24 with minimum for SLR 20; W 24 To register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a registered nurse you are required to demonstrate an overall IELTS (academic) score of 7.0, and with no individual band less than 7.0; OR an OET score of A or B in every component; OR PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking); OR TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking. Test results must be achieved at the one sitting. Test results will be accepted if they were obtained no more than two years prior to applying for registration. If you have been continuously enrolled in your Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration) and you apply for registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia within 12 months of completing your degree, you may be eligible to use past test results for your registration application. Please see the English Language Standard at http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx for further details.
Special requirements:
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
Professional recognition:
The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a nurse. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education
  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Human Biosciences A
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Nursing Assessment
  • Individual Determinants of Health

Semester 2

  • Human Biosciences B
  • Research and Evidence in Practice
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Nursing Assessment and Management

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Nursing Patients with Acute Illness A
  • Nursing & Midwifery Research
  • Nursing: Health Priorities A
  • One of the following four subjects:
  1. Education in Health Professional Practice
  2. Healthcare Ethics and Law
  3. Transitions in Dementia Care
  4. International and Clinical Elective for Nursing and Midwifery

Semester 2

  • Indigenous & Intercultural Health
  • Nursing Patients with Chronic Illness
  • Nursing: Health Priorities B
  • Nursing Patients with Acute Illness B

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Nursing Patients in a Time Critical Context
  • Nursing: Mental Health & Illness

Semester 2

  • Engagement in Professional Nursing
  • Primary Health Care Nursing
  • Nursing: Consolidating Reflective Clinical Practice

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

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