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Bachelor of Nursing - 885AA

Course Code: 885AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Nursing
CRICOS Code: 007077M
Selection Rank: 67
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with no band score below 6.5 or equivalent. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Be a visionary leader in healthcare

Study a Bachelor of Nursing at UC and be prepared to be a future leader and visionary in Australian nursing. Our program demonstrates excellence in healthcare practice and outstanding education quality and governance. You will benefit from clinical partnerships with a wide range of industry partners and be empowered to achieve positive health outcomes for people, families and communities in diverse areas of practice.

Study a Bachelor of Nursing at UC and you will:

  • acquire foundation knowledge and skills to provide safe, sensitive, effective and holistic nursing care to people of all ages and backgrounds
  • understand and apply nursing management principles in a range of settings including; primary healthcare and health promotion, long term and residential care settings, mental health, acute and critical care, rural and remote services and policy development.
  • develop and broaden your knowledge, skills and attitude to work in, and prepare for real world clinical practice
  • participate in a variety of learning strategies including clinical laboratories, tutorials, lectures and seminars both with face to face and online teaching
  • undertake professional experience to ensure readiness for practice as a beginning nurse clinician.

Work-integrated learning

The Faculty of Health is actively involved in the areas of health education and research. Our partnership with the ACT Government Health Directorate facilitates seminars, workshops and conferences to disseminate our cutting edge research and develop innovative approaches to the challenges facing the health sector today. You will have the opportunity engage in these programs and put your theoretical knowledge into practice through professional placements locally, regionally, and internationally.

Career opportunities

This degree is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. On finishing the Bachelor of Nursing you are eligible to apply for registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).

Course specific information

If you want more information on the requirements of registration of health professionals in Australia, including recognition of prior education qualifications from an overseas institution, go to:


Prospective Students - International
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Prospective Students - Domestic
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Current and Commencing Students
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Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course are required to undergo a Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience. All students are also required to present an immunisation history. Please see the following website for full details:

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that applicants have a level of written and spoken English proficiency that is adequate for study at University. ACT: English (T) major; Studies in Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics are highly recommended; NSW: English Advanced; Studies in Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics are highly recommended.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Placement Requirements

This course requires students to meet compulsory placement requirements prior to undertaking professional placement (Work-Integrated Learning) in a clinical or professional setting. For information on what these requirements are and how to meet these requirements, please visit

The University of Canberra is required under the National Law ( to comply with mandatory notification requirements. Please refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) ( for full details.


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Nursing BNurs

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

Students completing the Bachelor of Nursing 885AA are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia defines the registration standards applicants need to meet to be registered, inclusive of English Language Skills Registration Standards. Students must refer to the Nursing and Midwifery site for more information about registration requirements before enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates from the Bachelor of Nursing, University of Canberra, will be future leaders and visionaries in nursing, pursuing knowledge that enables them to achieve positive changes in their personal practice as well as in practice with diverse communities. -
The graduate nurse will appraise the effectiveness of nursing caring in promoting health and wellbeing across multidimensional health care settings, whilst assuming responsibility, accountability and demonstrating competence across all domains of contemporary practice. -
The graduate nurse will synthesise and integrate best evidence into nursing caring in practice, to lead the ongoing growth of the profession, to optimise health outcomes for person, people, family and communities. -
The graduate nurse will evaluate the tenets of nursing inquiry to value safe and effective plans for quality nursing caring that are appropriately responsive to the contemporaneous needs of person, people, family and communities. -
The graduate nurse will Value appropriate professional interactions and relationships with person, people, family and communities through synthesis of the skills and attributes of the University graduate with the performance outcomes of the Bachelor of Nursing. -

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twelve semesters.


High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) course.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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