La Trobe University

Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)


Start dates
Semester 1 (March) 2018
2 years full-time.
Fees and costs
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Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

Add a nursing qualification to your existing degree with this two-year graduate course. With practical experience from first year, 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. 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, Austin and The Northern.

Alongside this clinical experience, you'll study nursing research, contemporary health priorities and Indigenous health and learn to support patients and lead care across the lifespan. Subjects like Challenging Interactions in Nursing, Complex Care Nursing and Managing Chronic Conditions will also help prepare you for your role in the workplace. You'll also learn how to manage your time, lead teams, manage caseloads and make ethical clinical decisions with a compassionate and caring approach.

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.

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.

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

Entry requirements


Bachelor Degree preferably with studies in health, behavioural science or biological science.

Students who have not studied human physiology and anatomy must successfully complete a Physiology and Anatomy online bridging course.

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

Those without a background in human bioscience must undertake a bridging course in anatomy and physiology. 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 Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process - professional experience, for example, 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. This course may also lead to positions in primary care, aged care, hospices and schools, as well as to administrative positions in government, aid organisations, healthcare centres and clinics.

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 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.

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: