Bachelor of Nursing

VU course code: HBNB | CRICOS: 080229E | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time
In person
St Albans
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


Become a nurse to embark on a stimulating and diverse career in healthcare with a Bachelor of Nursing at Victoria University (VU).

A highly-valued nursing degree from VU will equip you with a broad set of skills to work as a Division 1 Registered Nurse in hospitals and healthcare with a diverse range of patients.

Based at our St Albans Campus, our Bachelor of Nursing program will ensure that you have sound scientific knowledge as well as hands-on nursing experience. This includes:

  • 800 professional practice hours in work placements 
  • 140 clinical simulation hours at Sunshine Clinical School during your third year of study.

You’ll practise your skills in a safe environment using modern technology, then gain practical experience in the workplace through clinical placements.

During your nursing degree, you’ll enhance your communication skills and ability to be patient and tactful when dealing with people from all backgrounds and cultures, preparing you for a rewarding career in nursing.

Our sought-after VU nursing graduates are employed in a variety of organisations such as Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

Minimum ATAR 60 (excluding adjustment factors)

This course has a minimum ATAR entry requirement. This means you’ll need to achieve a certain ATAR, along with other criteria, to be considered for this course.

The following table shows the ranking results of our current student intake and is an indication of the ATAR you’ll need to successfully apply.

VU course code: HBNB

VTAC course code: 4301343351

Campus: St Albans

ATAR profile of people who received an offer for the Bachelor of Nursing.
(Excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer81.90
Median rank to receive an offer57.95
Lowest rank to receive an offer46.30

Selection rank data is not available for this course due to a range of criteria in addition to the ATAR being used for selection (e.g. test, interview).

Learn more about ATAR

What is ATAR?

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) compares the results of final-year school students, with adjustments made for factors such as hardship. The ranking is expressed as a number between 0 and 99.95. ATAR minimum entry requirements are not usually essential entry criteria for applicants who have completed secondary education more than 2 years ago.

Essential for admission (all applicants)

Police check: Students must complete a National Police Records or Fit-2-Work check on admission to the course and on an annual basis.

Working with Children Check: Students must complete a Working with Children Check on admission to the course.

Specified DoH Immunisations with serology testing valid for completion of course. Flu vax to be completed yearly.

Fitness for Practice: Students must be prepared to declare their fitness for practice on admission and prior to undertaking hospital/agency placements by completing the Fitness for Practice Declaration Form on inPlace.

The University has a duty of care to ensure that students who undertake professional experience placements are both physically and mentally able, in a sustained manner, to engage in the experience.

Early identification of fitness to practice concerns allows the University to discuss with students potential reasonable adjustments to assist them to undertake their placement. Any agreed adjustments must not compromise the safety and wellbeing of the student and must ensure safety of the public.

For further information refer to the Nursing Inherent Requirements.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Nursing students will be required to complete:

  • 288 credit points of Core studies.


Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places




The current and future demand for nurses is strong.

As a registered nurse, you’ll enjoy a diverse and flexible career and be able to work across metropolitan, regional and rural areas in fields including:

  • general practice
  • acute care
  • paediatric care
  • rehabilitation
  • aged care
  • mental health
  • residential care
  • emergency
  • research
  • health education.

Visit the Jobs and Skills Australia website to learn more about the average salary for registered nurses.


You will graduate qualified to register as a Division 1 Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).