Course essentials

VU course code:
HBNB
Location:
Duration:
3 years
Intake:
2018: February
CRICOS:
080229E
Fees:
2018: A$12,700 per semester
Additional resources may need to be purchased in order to successfully undertake this course. These include clinical attire (including 2 polo shirts, 2 pairs pants and closed toe non slip shoes) (A$200), a stethoscope (A$70), a watch with a second hand (A$10) and a torchlight (A$10).

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, opening doors to a wide range of career opportunities in health care.

VU’s nursing course 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.

Benefits of studying nursing at VU

  • Real-world experience and networks - Access workplace opportunities with our industry connections with Western Health, Ambulance Victoria, Werribee Mercy Hospital and many more.
  • Graduate career-ready - Our clinical-placement program includes 800 professional practice hours and 140 clinical simulation hours.
  • State-of-the-art simulation technology and interactive laboratories - Practise what you learn in a safe, supported, high-tech learning environment.

International applicants

Applications for international students have now closed and places have been filled for this course for the semester 1, 2018 intake.

Places are available for the following intake which is semester 1, 2019.

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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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 objectives

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.  

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've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

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.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: For applicants who are currently registered (or eligible to register) as an Enrolled nurse (formally Div 2) having successfully completed a Certificate IV in Nursing. Enrolled nurses may apply for and may be offered a place in either the three year or admitted directly into the second year of the course. Students with a Diploma of Nursing from Victoria University may be admitted directly into the second year of the course.
  • Year 12: To qualify for admission to the three year course applicants must: 1. have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent and meet all extra requirements and selection procedures listed through VTAC. Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion of any Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; AND a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.
  • International: For international students the following English language requirement is needed for entry to the course where the international students' education was conducted in a language other than English. An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test score of at least 6.5 in Reading and Listening, a score of at least 6.5 in Writing and Speaking, and an overall band score of at least 6.5 or equivalent is required. Students require this level of English proficiency because they will be practising and communicating in the workplace from semester 2 of the course. Registration requirements. Please refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au for the most current registration requirements that may impact on an applicant's registration application. English language requirements for registration may exist for students schooled outside of Australia.

English language requirements

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

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 degree. 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 degree. 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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If you have questions about your application, you can:

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.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.