Intakes: 

2020: February

Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2020: A$15,600*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Pursue a stimulating and diverse career as a healthcare professional with a Bachelor of Nursing from Victoria University.

Studying nursing at VU will equip you with a broad set of skills to work as a general or mental health nurse. This course will open doors to a wide range of career opportunities in healthcare.

VU’s Bachelor of Nursing will ensure that you have sound scientific knowledge and skills, as well as hands-on experience. You'll participate in simulation learning using modern technology, practising your skills in a safe environment before you work with real patients.

Your practical experience alongside expert clinicians and nurses will have you ready to register and work as a Division 1 Registered Nurse. You'll join a cohort of VU graduates known for their extensive practical experience.

If you have great communication skills, show initiative, and are patient and tactful when dealing with people from all backgrounds and cultures, nursing could be the career for you.

We have strong industry connections with Western Health and Werribee Mercy Hospital. We also have partnerships with over 200 clinical agencies. You’ll gain valuable industry experience in your practical placements at some of these agencies.

We also work with industry partners to regularly update course material so that it’s always relevant to current healthcare practice. 

We place a strong emphasis on clinical and practical learning.

Graduate career-ready through our clinical-placement program which includes:

  • 800 professional practice hours
  • 140 clinical simulation hours.

VU has state-of-the-art simulation technology and interactive laboratories. You can practise what you learn in a safe, supported, high-tech learning environment.

During your clinical placement you will gain direct practical experience as a nurse alongside expert clinicians. These placements will provide you with confidence and a competitive advantage in the workforce.

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Nursing students receive work experience in the lab at St Albans Campus.

Careers in nursing

Nursing is a diverse and flexible career choice. You’ll be equipped to work in metropolitan, regional and rural health agencies. The number of job openings for registered nurses is expected to be high in the next five years (Job Outlook).

VU Bachelor of Nursing graduates are employed at a variety of organisations such as Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Nurses can work in areas such as:

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

Salary

The average annual salary for registered nurses in Australia is $69,888 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

79% of nursing graduates in Australia were employed full time four months after graduation (GradStats).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Nursing students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 276 credit points of Core studies, and;

  • 12 credit points of Elective studies.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

ELECTIVES:

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. meet currently accepted standards of nursing practice as determined by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC) National Competencies for the Registered Nurse;  
  2. provide culturally sensitive nursing care to the diverse Australian community;  
  3. provide quality nursing care in a range of healthcare settings and contexts;  
  4. use an evidence based approach in providing nursing care;  
  5. apply a health promotion and educational focus to their work;  
  6. undertake a team based, multidisciplinary and interprofessional approach to care;  
  7. have well-developed clinical decision-making and reflective practice knowledge and skills; and  
  8. adopt a lifelong approach to learning.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English (or equivalent).
AND:
Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics.
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 7.0 (with no band less than 7.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Additional information

Police check: Students must complete a National Police Records check prior to undertaking hospital/agency placements on an annual basis.

Working with Children Check: Students must complete a Working with Children Check prior to undertaking clinical placements.

Health status: Students must be prepared to declare their fitness for practice and immunisation status prior to undertaking hospital/agency placements.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Nursing

Bendigo Kangan Institute

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Nursing

The Gordon

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Nursing

The Gordon

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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