La Trobe University

Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration)


Semester starts
March (Melbourne and regional) and June (Melbourne only)
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
34 000

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.

Entry requirements

Subject 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.

English language requirement

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 for further details.

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

34 000

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.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

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:

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