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We understand every student is unique, our Bachelor of Nursing has been designed to allow for more pathways, study options and locations to suit the needs of our students. This fully-accredited* course allows flexibility for completing the degree in either two, three or four years, depending on your location and preference.
We aim to provide you with a meaningful educational experience, tailored to the many roles nurses play in our community. Our program embraces a primary health care framework. Our student-centered approach uses a variety of high impact engaging learning experiences, diversity of authentic assessments and contemporary digital learning technologies. Our aim is to prepare you as a compassionate, agile and resilient graduate with the effective problem-solving skills required for your role as a registered nurse.
Hands on learning
We offer a vibrant learning culture; our program uses a blended model of online learning supported by on-campus intensive periods, and a wide variety of Professional Experience Placement (PEP) in a range of healthcare facilities. On-campus intensives provide you with an opportunity to safely practice skills and demonstrate your knowledge prior to undertaking PEP. PEP allows you to apply your learning in healthcare settings throughout your degree. This blended model of learning will develop the knowledge and skills you need to offer the highest quality health care.
*subject to program approval by AHPRA
Professional Experience Placement
Professional Experience Placement (PEP) allows you to put theory in to practice in a real healthcare setting. The aim of PEP is to immerse you in the professional culture of nursing and to gain a better understanding of the diverse roles of the registered nurse within the health care system in Australia. All Professional Experience Placements are completed in a full-time capacity, regardless of the study mode you are undertaking.
Theoretical studies are held on campus and online and students undertake professional experience in healthcare locations, including rural and community, throughout Tasmania and NSW. Costs associated with travel, accommodation and uniforms are met by students. Please note that students are allocated to Professional Experience Placements subject to their availability and students may be required to travel and relocate.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing complete the degree equipped with the theoretical and practical skills required by for their future career as a Registered Nurse.
- Practice consistently in accordance with the Registered Nurse Standards for practice
- Demonstrate the consistent, effective and coherent application of consolidated, synthesised knowledge and skills to contextualised, complex, simulated and clinical situations
- Demonstrate effective application of clinical reasoning through the consistent and coherent application of consolidated, synthesised knowledge and skills and a developing ability to assess, analyse, problem solve, adapt and act effectively in unpredictable and complex clinical situations
- Demonstrate consistent critical self-reflection and responsibility that indicates an active commitment to practice improvement and life-long learning
- Demonstrate autonomy, initiative and well developed clinical judgement in diverse clinical situations.
- Communicate effectively, drawing on an appropriate evidence base, in order to transmit knowledge, ideas and skills to others including patients, clients, residents and their families, peers and members of the health care team.
- Demonstrate the ability to practice collaboratively and effectively as a member of the health care team.
- Consistently demonstrate cultural competencies.
On campus in Launceston, Hobart, Cradle Coast and Sydney, you will be supported by a well-equipped simulated learning environment and during the course you'll be given the opportunity to undertake work placements in both rural and metropolitan healthcare facilities. You will develop the knowledge and skills – and perhaps most importantly, the attitude – needed to offer the highest quality health care. You will learn the best practices for the provision of patient-centered care, safety and quality in practice, and research and evidence based practice in nursing.
As an accredited course, once you graduate from this program you will have the knowledge and skills to apply for registration as a nurse in Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The Bachelor of Nursing can also be completed in two years with the accelerated degree (H3O).
Please note: the accelerated course is highly competitive and non-transferable.
"If you have the passion for people and health and you’re thinking of heading back to study – go for it!
There are so many postgraduate options in nursing and I’m keen on critical care nursing, particularly burns and trauma, so the experience at a metropolitan hospital will help me determine if this is where I want to head.”
– Joel Cresswell, Alumna
Bachelor of Nursing
The Bachelor of Nursing is designed to prepare you for a career as a Registered Nurse. Students can apply for registration with the national regulatory authority, AHPRA, on the completion of the degree.
If you wish to work as a Registered Nurse in another country, you will need to apply for registration with the national regulatory authority of the country in which you wish to work.
Registered Nurses find themselves working in an array of areas from community care and pubic health settings to schools and hospitals.,
If you are intending to apply for registration as a nurse in another country you must meet the requirements stipulated by nursing councils, licensing boards or colleges. Therefore, you should contact the registration authority in the country in which you wish to register to determine the requirements.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS – ALL APPLICANTS
Standard 1.3 of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council requires that students demonstrate English language proficiency. For domestic students’, they must provide either a written declaration that English is their primary language or, evidence that they have achieved the minimum English language test results of IELTS 7.0 (no individual band less than 7.0) or equivalent, as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language skills registration standard (2019). As the standard is set by the NMBA, please refer to their website for full details.
Standard 1.3 of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council requires that students demonstrate English language proficiency. For international students’, they require an IELTS 7.0 (no individual band less than 7.0) or equivalent, as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language skills registration standard (2019). As the standard is set by the NMBA, please refer to their website for full details.
For domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years), this course uses ATAR and equivalent ranks as part of the admission process. In 2021 the required ATAR is 65.
For domestic and international applicants with previous higher education study, including TAFE/VET, this course does accept applications based on the following:
- AQF Certificate IV related to Health or Aged Care
- AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma related to Health or Aged Care
Applicants with completed prior university study undertaken at university diploma level or above at any Australian University, or the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent, meet the University’s Graduate Entry Requirements (GER). More information on GER can be found here.
Applicants with partial University study at the Associate Degree level or higher with a passing GPA in their undergraduate – degree level subjects, may meet GER.
WORK OR LIFE EXPERIENCE
For domestic applicants this course does accept applications based on work or life experience. If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have sustained work experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.
If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.
We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.
SAFETY IN PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS
This course includes compulsory work placements. All students must meet the course’s Safety in Practice Requirements before their first placement. The safety in practice requirements are completed separately to the course admission application.
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.
You may articulate from the Bachelor of Nursing to the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours, Bachelor of Nursing with Clinical Honours (Transition to Practice).
With six months work experience post registration, you may pursue further study opportunities with the following courses: Bachelor of Nursing Professional Honours (Specialisation), Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma in Nursing after six months post registration experience.
To be eligible to undertake the Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse pathway, applicants must hold current registration with the AHPRA, have successfully completed a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing to complete the Bachelor of Nursing program, and meet English language requirements. If an Enrolled Nurse opts to study a Bachelor of Nursing with the University of Tasmania and they have met the above requirements, they are eligible for 8 units of credit toward their study.
Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.
Fees & scholarships
Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.
Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.
In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:
- Text books and stationery
- Uniforms and immunisations
- Student Services and Amenities Fee
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