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Nursing

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career on the front line of healthcare? You could work in a huge range of areas including workplace safety, emergency medicine, and mental health. Plus, you’ll make a real difference in the quality of life for your community.

Nursing is the launch pad to your career in health. It will take you to places that you never thought possible. At the University of Tasmania, we support your goals through both undergraduate and postgraduate study options. We also have strong industry partnerships with nursing leaders and clinical experts.

Course Options

Bachelor of Nursing

3 years or 4 years full-time
Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart CRICOS 102253H

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Bachelor of Nursing (Accelerated)

2 years full-time
Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart, Sydney CRICOS 102252J

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Enhance your career with further post graduate studies. For information on our post graduate study options, please visit our postgraduate nursing page

Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in Australia, and across the globe.

Begin your career knowing you’ll be taught by industry experts and practicing nurses.

Have an interactive learning experience through online, simulation and practical environments.

Study options

The Program

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-centred 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.

Program Availability

Accelerated (2 years)
Cradle Coast**, Hobart, Launceston, Sydney

Standard (3 years)*
Cradle Coast**, Hobart, Launceston

Part-Time (4 years)
Cradle Coast**, Hobart, Launceston, Sydney

* Standard 3 year program not available in Sydney
** Domestic students only

Professional Experience

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.

Course breakdown

The Bachelor of Nursing has been reshaped to suit the changing needs of our students and the industry. The program will be delivered across three study periods throughout the calendar year. It has been designed to allow for more pathways, study options and locations to suit the needs of our students. It also allows flexibility for completing the degree in either two, three or four years, depending on your location and preference.

Location2 year (H3O)3 year (H3N)4 year (H3N)
Cradle Coast (Burnie)**        
Hobart
Launceston
Sydney (Rozelle)*
Study periods 2021StartEndCensus
Nursing Study Period 1 8/02/2021 30/04/2021 24/02/2021
Nursing Study Period 2 31/05/2021 20/08/2021 16/06/2021
Nursing Study Period 3 20/09/2021 10/12/2021 6/10/2021

* Standard 3 year program not available in Sydney
** Domestic students only

Career outcomes

Joel Cresswell, Alumnus Bachelor of Nursing

"There are so many post-graduate options in nursing. 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."

The career opportunities in nursing are endless. You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas of healthcare that include:

  • Acute care nursing
  • Clinical nursing and teaching
  • Child and family health nursing
  • Critical care
  • Emergency nursing
  • Gerontological nursing
  • Mental health/psychiatric nursing
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Neuroscience nursing
  • Orthopaedics nursing
  • Oncology nursing
  • Paediatric nursing
  • Perioperative nursing
  • Primary health
  • Rural and remote nursing
  • Special care of newborn nursing

Study Experiences

Megan wanted to be a paramedic first...

"...but then at the last minute I changed to Nursing. I'm glad I did now. It's more patient centred, it's a good way to build your skills before you go into emergency situations.

I loved my ICU placement. Your patients are either really injured or really unwell, so it's very interesting. But you also have the family aspect where you're an important person for their family as well. You have to translate what the doctors are saying and you need to be there emotionally for the family. It's one of the worst times in their life, if you can make that time for someone a little bit better, that's so important."

Meggan Boem, Nursing Student

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.