About the course
Study Nursing and make a meaningful difference to the lives of others.
UC’s Bachelor of Nursing (BN) provides an immersive and interactive learning experience through clinical labs, lectures and seminars. Get hands-on experience from your first semester, with direct access to state-of-the-art facilities, including the University of Canberra Hospital and Health Hub, located on campus.
Across your nursing degree, you’ll explore clinical practice across a range of medical settings, including paediatric, aged care, medical and surgical, theatre, emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU).
Upon completion, you'll be fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a registered nurse (RN) and be recognised as a nursing professional in over 160 countries worldwide.
Whether you aspire to be a nurse on the ward, in the community or aged care, a researcher or nursing consultant, you’ll graduate with the necessary skills, experience and qualifications to launch an exciting career with endless possibilities.
Become an RN with a BN at UC, the home of health education.
#1 in Canberra
for full-time employment in Nursing.
On-site UC Hospital
Access our new, state-of-the-art UC Hospital on campus.
Engage in ongoing placements and simulated learning experiences.
Gain practical nursing experience in primary health care, mental health, acute and critical care, policy development, long-term and residential care, and rural and remote services.
Learn how to provide effective nursing care to all ages and backgrounds through clinical labs, tutorials, and lectures.
Experience a concept-based teaching approach that integrates the science and ethics of contemporary nursing practices.
Develop nursing management principles and an in-depth understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.
Prepare for the real world as a nurse clinician with extensive professional practice.
Have your qualification recognised in over 160 countries.
Gain skills that are versatile across many different fields.
Acquire a wide range of industry mentors and contacts.
Professionally accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
UC is a recognised leading provider for nurse training in Australia and is #1 in Canberra for overall education experience*. With a focus on practical, hands-on learning, our Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for a rewarding career in healthcare across various settings. Plus, our partnerships with top hospitals, healthcare centres, and private practices give you a strong network of industry connections, helping you get the job you want after graduation.
The largest of its kind in the ACT, UC Hospital is a purpose-built specialist centre for rehabilitation, recovery and research, situated on campus. Integrating healthcare and student education it hosts the hands-on learning of our health courses.
Dedicated to hands-on learning, UC’s high-tech nursing simulation centre means practical learning is always within reach. Engage with simulated scenarios that mimic what you could experience on any given day ensuring you graduate with confidence ready for action.
Canberra Specialist Medical Centre
Learn alongside industry professionals in this state-of-the-art centre that offers specialised health services to the local community for radiology services, oncology, training, research and more.
According to new research, Health is one of the most stable industries. Registered nurses ranked as the second most in-demand professions in Australia* and are the most employed occupation in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector^. The medical and healthcare industry is ranked #1 Australia for being ‘recession-proof’*. Even during an economic downturn, people will always need access to medical care from qualified health professionals.
Australia’s employment in Health Care and Social Assistance is projected to grow by 301,000 jobs (or 15.8%) over the five years to November 2026^.
For entry into the Bachelor of Nursing you will need one of the following:
- Year 12 ATAR with a selection rank of 65 and above.
- Other Australian qualifications (e.g. minimum AQF level 3 or Certificate III and above).
- Overseas qualification (A previously obtained qualification that is equivalent to at least an AQF Level 3 (i.e. Certificate III).
- Prior work experience determined by the time and position level that aligns with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.
Bachelor of Nursing students will also need to undertake additional admission requirements, including obtaining a Working with Vulnerable People Card. If you didn’t get an appropriate ATAR for Nursing, we also offer a number of initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry through alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
“In nursing you get both; You use your empathy, caring and communication but then you also rely heavily on the sciences — you need to be across pharmacology and math and have an understanding what's going on in a person's body. I often describe nursing as a job where you use your head and your heart in equal measure.”
Sarah Dove, Bachelor of Nursing
Some students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may be eligible to apply to defer payment of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government's FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP schemes.
Visit our fees page for lots of useful information about eligibility, how to apply and pay. You can apply for FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP once you have enrolled in a course.