Fast facts

Course type: Graduate entry
Course length (full-time equivalent): 2 years
Location: On campus

Course overview

The Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) is a pathway for candidates who are graduates of a degree in academic areas other than nursing, are looking for a new career direction and would like to 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.

You will:

  • build on knowledge and skills gained from previous tertiary qualifications and develop these into a nursing practice context while being introduced to clinical practice in various health care settings. Studies include nursing and research skills, the scientific basis of nursing and ethics and law applied to nursing
  • explore more complex issues in nursing such as health sociology, nursing in a socio-political context, Indigenous health issues,  mental health and mental illness.

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

Our graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse.

Further information...

Career opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Nursing degree?

Entry requirements

Domestic students: Applicants must hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in an area other than nursing. Admission is by quota and is normally based on academic merit as determined by assessment of an applicant's qualifications.

International students: Applicants must hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in an area other than nursing. This program has limited places. Applications close subject to availability.

Entry and English requirements

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.

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.

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 2BG007
Mid year entry: No
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2018: $6,560

International students
CRICOS code: 002701K
Mid year entry: No

How to apply 

Applications close subject to availability.

Annual fees: 2018: $29,100
2019: $32,000


  • 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