Fast facts

Course type: Graduate entry
Course length (full-time equivalent): 1.25 years 
Location: On campus

Course overview

The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) is for candidates who are: currently registered in Australia and wish to upgrade their qualification to a nursing degree; or are overseas qualified registered/licensed nurses who would like to upgrade their qualifications to a nursing degree and become eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse (refer to Professional recognition/membership for further information).

Students in this course are required to do professional experience placement (work experience) during their program of study. Certain statutory and other requirements must be met before any student is permitted to attend placement. Details of these requirements.

Studies include nursing and research skills, the scientific basis of nursing, health psychology and health sociology, professional nursing studies and clinical experience in a various health care settings.

Our aim is to prepare nurses who are reflective about practice and have well-developed clinical reasoning skills.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.

What is Nursing?

Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. 

Modern nurses play an important role in health promotion, maintenance and education, as well as in traditional patient care and the restoration of health. 

Why study Nursing at Flinders? 

  • Our School of Nursing & Midwifery has been at the forefront of innovation and development in Australia for many years and is internationally recognised for its high quality programs in nursing and midwifery education.
  • Our programs address health issues, midwifery and nursing care practice across the life span in home, community and institutional settings.
  • Our staff come from diverse backgrounds and have many years of experience in a range of clinical specialties, sciences, humanities and law. Six of whom have won Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Awards.
  • We offer innovative practice-based education and aim to connect research, practice and teaching so that each informs the other. 
  • We work closely with external clinical and community agency partners to create a curriculum and student practice that are informed by primary health care principles and demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism.

Professional recognition/membership

Graduates with overseas nursing registration/license are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse.

Applicants who already have nursing registration in their home country, should have their current qualifications and work experience assessed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia prior to applying to the University as they may be eligible for direct registration. Information on this can be obtained from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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Career opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Nursing degree?

Entry requirements

Domestic students:  Applicants must be eligible for registration with a nurses' registration authority in Australia or a country outside of Australia in which they originally registered.

Additional requirements:

Applicants must provide evidence of eligibility with a nurses' authority in the country in which they originally registered (ie practicing certificate). This must be sent to SATAC as soon as possible after submitting the SATAC application.

From March 2011, all students enrolled in an approved nursing or midwifery program of study who are not currently registered, will be included in the national scheme.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia will register you for the duration of study or clinical training, or until you are no longer enrolled in an approved program of study.

International students: Applicants must provide a current practicing certificate as evidence of eligibility for registration with a nurses' registration authority in country in which they originally registered.

Applicants who are registered nurses in countries other than Australia must also hold an approved Diploma of Nursing (or equivalent) from an approved tertiary institution.

Single registration Psychiatric and Mental Deficiency nurses may apply, but will not be able to gain Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a result of completing this course.

This program has limited places. Applications close subject to availability.

Entry and English requirements

Additional requirements:


  • must make a self-declaration as to their fitness to practice and advise of any pre-existing illness or disability that may impair their ability to practice, and
  • will be required to undergo a police check before their clinical placements.

Immunisation and Communicable Diseases: Requirements for Clinical Placements

This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation  standards (e.g. Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline)  and any additional private provider requirements as needed.

Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.

Under the terms of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act 2010, as a nursing and midwifery student enrolled in a course that provides a qualification for registration you are required (as a condition of your enrolment at the University) to register as a student with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for the duration of your nursing/midwifery studies.

The registration process requires you to provide personal details to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia such as your health status and any criminal convictions.

For more information on how to apply for student registration go to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Please note that some requirements for registration as a nurse such as English Language proficiency are determined by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia policy and are provided as a guide only i.e. accurate at the time of presentation and/or publication.  Please note these policies may be subject to change during the period of a student’s study in a course and students are required to meet NMBA requirements in place at the time of application for registration as a Registered Nurse. Requirements for registration are available at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.


Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 2BP002
Mid year entry: No
Applications: SATAC GradStart
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2017: $6,345

International students
CRICOS code: 019740G
Mid year entry: No

How to apply

Annual fees: 2018: $30,400
2019: $33,500




  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.


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Further study options

Course brochures

Domestic students
Nursing & Midwifery (PDF 6MB)

International students
International course guides