La Trobe University

Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration)


Start dates
March (Melbourne and regional campuses) and 2 July (Melbourne Campus only) 2018
3 years full-time.
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.

Our three-year nursing degree gives you 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 hospital simulation centres and extends to supervised experience in hospitals and healthcare agencies. Metropolitan senior students will study at one of our clinical schools in leading Victorian hospitals like The Alfred, The Austin, Royal Melbourne and The Northern.

You'll cover practical nursing subjects like bioscience, long-term critical illness and Indigenous health as you learn to care for people of all ages with long-term conditions, emergency health care needs and mental health care 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.

You may be eligible for a La Trobe scholarship or a scholarship from the Australian College of Nursing to support your studies. Our student exchange program may also offer overseas study opportunities with one of our partner universities around the world.

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

Entry requirements


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.

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

Non-Year 12 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.

*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

Graduates may work in general and specialist hospitals, community health centres, extended care facilities, the armed forces and services for the intellectually disabled. The nursing profession offers a variety of career paths which may lead to specialist practice, an academic career or management position in health services. Job prospects are excellent, with around 97% of our 2012 graduates finding placements in their preferred hospital. 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

Apply now to start on 2 July, 2018.

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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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. There is also a mid-year entry at the Melbourne Campus, commencing in July 2018.

Advanced Standing (credit)

If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out 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: