Bachelor of Nursing

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle Campus

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Completed in three years of full-time study our Bachelor of Nursing places a strong focus on the nurse-patient relationship and is highly practical. You will undertake 1,120 hours of practical nursing experience during the program – more than any other nursing program in Western Australia. The program will give you the skills and confidence to work in a variety of healthcare settings when you graduate. The program is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

  • Why study this degree?

    Providing high-quality, compassionate and respectful care is the benchmark for any world-class
    healthcare system and this Bachelor of Nursing program is designed to do just that. Taken over three
    years this well-balanced program offers a perfect combination of classroom learning and hands-on
    experience in appropriate healthcare settings.

    The program is divided into four broad study streams: Behavioural Science, Health Science, Nursing
    Care: Theory and Practice, and Personal and Professional Development. This degree uses problem-
    solving and an evidence-based approach to teaching - integrating theoretical and practical
    components. Subjects covered include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, ethics,
    health communications, paediatrics and adolescent health. Students also choose two electives –
    options include Rural and Remote Health, Global Health, Maternal Care, Advanced Mental Health and
    Advanced Wound Care.

    Our Bachelor of Nursing program places a high value on the nurse-patient relationship and will
    require you to complete intensive clinical practice each year. The university accepts only a limited
    number of students into this nursing program each year to ensure that you will be placed into an
    appropriate hospital or heath care setting for your practical experience components. When you
    graduate, you will be eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation
    Agency (Nursing) and become a practising Registered Nurse in any area of nursing.

  • Program summary

    The Bachelor of Nursing has four broad study streams:

    • Behavioural Science
    • Health Science
    • Nursing Care: Theory and Practice
    • Personal and Professional Development

    In addition to the University’s Core Curriculum, you must complete the Health
    Communications, Research and Informatics course which will introduce you to the skills essential
    for successful university study, helping you adjust to a new learning environment.

    • Anatomy and Physiology 1
    • Nursing Care 1 – Foundations
    • Developmental Psychology – Nursing
    • Health Communications, Research and Informatics 1
    • Social and Cultural Diversity
    • Professional Practice 1
    • Anatomy and Physiology 2
    • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    • Nursing Care 2 – Fundamentals
    • Health Research and Informatics 2
    • Public Health and Microbiology
    • Professional Practice 2
    • Nursing Care 3 – Medical and Surgical
    • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
    • Health Assessment in Nursing
    • Mental Health 1
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Professional Practice 3
    • Nursing Care 4 – Perioperative
    • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
    • Transition to Practice 1 – self-care and professional development
    • Mental Health 2
    • Ethics
    • Professional Practice 4
    • Clinical Reasoning and Judgement
    • Transition to Practice 2 – contemporary nursing
    • Paediatrics and Adolescent Health
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Aboriginal Health
    • Professional Practice 5
    • Nursing Care 5 – Critical Care
    • Transition to Practice 3 – leadership and management
    • Primary Health Care
    • Professional Practice 6

    You will also select two elective courses from the following:

    • Rural and Remote Health
    • Global Health
    • Maternal Care
    • Advanced Mental Health
    • Advanced Wound Care

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum
    placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make
    valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Prerequisites for Nursing

    You will need to complete:

    • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid course
    • National Criminal Record check (domestic students) and Federal Police Check (international students) and
    • Complete all immunisation requirements as set out by the West Australian Department of Health

    Further information is available in the School of Nursing Clinical Pack

    English Language Requirements

    • Demonstrate English is your primary Language by demonstrating attendance and  satisfactory completion of at least six years of primary and secondary education (at least two years in Secondary) taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or the United States of America).
    • You achieve the required minimum scores in approved English language tests ( and meet the requirements for test results specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia registration standard for English language skills.
  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The HECS-HELP  loan scheme assists eligible students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your HECS-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information on fee places and Government loan schemes, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    The Commonwealth Government has allocated a number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for our Nursing program. Please contact the Prospective Students Office for more detailed information on tuition fees and fee-replacement options.

    Additional program related expenses

    In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, you will also need to budget for the following items:

    • Uniform from $220
    • Textbooks $300 average each semester
    • Immunisation $50-$500 (as required)
    • Police check approximately $52
    • Provide First Aid Course (HLTAID003) approximately $120
  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Aged care
    • Community nursing
    • Critical care
    • Mental health
    • Medical and surgical nursing
    • Perioperative Nursing
  • Professional accreditation

    A graduate will be eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and become a practising Registered Nurse in any area of nursing as a beginning practitioner.

  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Nursing BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2020

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    International students6N/A
    All students172100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer 98.90 N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer 82.00 N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    52.55 N/A


    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Nursing, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61
    8 9433 0533 or email

    All International enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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