La Trobe University

Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry)


Start dates
March (2-year pathway) or June (18-month pathway) 2018
2 years with the first semester part-time and following three semesters full-time (if commencing in March) or 18 months full-time (if commencing in June).
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

Upgrade your current Enrolled Nurse qualification with our two-year Enrolled Nurse Entry degree. You'll graduate ready to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse.

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, The Austin, Royal Melbourne and The Northern.

Alongside this clinical experience, you'll study nursing research, health priorities and Indigenous health, and learn how support patients and lead care across the life span. 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.

This degree provides a clear career pathway to hospital positions as a Registered Nurse - but it can also lead to positions in primary care, aged care, hospices and schools, as well as administrative positions in government, aid organisations, healthcare centres and clinics.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements


Current Enrolled Nurse Registration with AHPRA.

Successful applicants with pre-2008 Enrolled Nurse/Division 2 qualification require successful completion of a La Trobe University approved anatomy and physiology bridging course. The anatomy and physiology bridging course is conducted at La Trobe prior to course commencement.

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.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Inherent requirements

This course has inherent requirements which are the fundamental parts of a course that must be met by all students. They are the abilities, knowledge and skills you need to complete the course. It is important that all applicants understand the inherent requirements for nursing and midwifery courses at La Trobe University [PDF 505KB] prior to applying for the course. You may impede your progression or ability to complete the course if you are unable to meet some of these requirements. Speak to the Course Coordinator (you can find this in the Handbook) if you have any questions about your ability to be successful in this course.

If you have a disability or ongoing medical condition you may consult a Disability Advisor for further information on reasonable adjustments.

Non-Year 12 selection

Applicants are welcome to provide supporting documentation. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work experience or reasons for applying.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

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.

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.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.

Additional costs

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.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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Additional information

This course commences in Semester 1 (March), and Winter Semester (June). Applicants must submit a copy of their Enrolled Nurse Registration to VTAC. 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. The human anatomy and physiology bridging program is conducted at La Trobe prior to course commencement. This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website. You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.

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: