Bachelor of Nursing (2015 entry) - NU5


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On Offer Yes
Award Bachelor of Nursing (2015 entry)
Accepting Applications Applications for Semester 2 are now being accepted from FedUni Diploma qualified candidates for study at Mt Helen (Ballarat). Students wishing to study at Gippsland should apply for the Bachelor of Nursing Practice.
Program Coordinator Dr Blake Peck
Contact Hours (per week) 20 hours (approximately) per week
Classes Held

Higher Education students can expect the majority of classes to fall any time between 8:30am and 6:30pm, Monday to Friday. The timetable for Higher Education programs will be finalised when offers are made.

Commences Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Diploma applicants only)
Program Outline

This program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours in order to deliver high-quality, person-centred and evidence -based care to improve patient outcomes. You will engage in a range of learning techniques including practical and experiential learning through clinical placements and simulated healthcare environments at our purpose built on-campus laboratories, including the new Simulated Home Environment Learning Space (SHELS). Add flexible study options and you have all the tools you need to learn to succeed.

NOTE: The Bachelor of Nursing (2015 entry) will be replaced by the Bachelor of Nursing (2016 entry) from 2016 and is subject to relevant approvals. For further information, please contact 1800 333 864.

Career Opportunities

A nursing qualification opens up a tremendous range of rewarding career opportunities. FedUni nursing graduates are highly sought-after for their capacity to deliver high quality patient-centred and evidence-based care, directed toward improving patient outcomes. Graduates are prepared for a career as a registered nurse in a variety of healthcare settings, and also have the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study to develop specialised nursing qualifications.

Program Rules and Requirements

Throughout the three years of your program you will complete 22 compulsory courses including 5 professional practice courses. These courses are a combination of traditional learning approaches (i.e. lectures, tutorials laboratories and simulated learning experiences) and other web-based technologies.

The degree contains both on and off-campus components. The off-campus component (approx 50% of program hours) is in the form of clinical education. It is conducted in a wide variety of local and regional healthcare facilities. Clinical placements are arranged at times across the calendar year and there is a requirement of you to travel throughout Victoria and potentially interstate to undertake clinical education.

Duration (EFTSL) 3.000

Program Content

For further information regarding the Program Fees for this program, please select the link below:

Program Structure:

Year 1 - Semester 1
Anatomical and physiological bases of the human body part 1
Foundations of nursing 1
Professional nursing 1
Population health 1

Year 1 - Semester 2
Anatomical and physiological bases of the human body part 2
Foundations of nursing 2
Professional nursing 2
Clinical practice 1: assessment and pharmacology

Year 2 - Semester 1
Comprehensive nursing care 1
Research in nursing
The continuum of mental health
Clinical practice 2

Year 2 - Semester 2
Comprehensive nursing care 2
Population health 2
Professional nursing 3
Clinical practice 3

Year 3 - Semester 1
Health and ageing
Comprehensive nursing care 3
Professional nursing 4
Clinical practice 4

Year 3 - Semester 2
Professional nursing practice: transition to practice
Advanced nursing practice

Information Sessions
There are currently no information sessions scheduled.
Professional Recognition

On successful completion, you will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a Registered nurse.

Please note: Eligibility requirements for registration as a Registered (Division 1) Nurse in Australia are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), a partner of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 'Currently, NMBA requires an IELTS of 7.0 in all categories on the same day of testing, to be eligible for registration. Alternatively students may be asked to provide evidence for 5 years of equivalent full-time study in English.' Please refer to AHPRA website for full details

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mid-Year Entry offered for the Bachelor of Nursing?

Mid-year entry into the Bachelor of Nursing is only available for eligible Diploma of Nursing applicants.

Students applying for the Bachelor of Nursing who have not previously completed/not transferring from Diploma of Nursing (Year 12 and Non-Year 12 students), are only able to enter into the degree at the start of each academic year (Semester One).

Can I receive credits for VET studies into the Bachelor of Nursing?

Upon successful completion of this qualification you may recieve up to 12 months credit towards the Bachelor of Nursing at Federation University Australia and commence in Semester 1 of the second year.

How can I become a Paramedic or Midwife?

You can continue your study after completing your Bachelor of Nursing to become a Paramedic or a Midwife. After completing your undergraduate degree in Nursing you can complete a postgraduate degree - Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine or Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, or you could complete your honours with the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

Can I study a FedUni program at Melton?

FedUni will provide services from the Melton Learning Hub as a location for all FedUni students to use for study, or work on group assignments as part of your program requirements. This facility will be available for all FedUni students who are commuting from Melton, Caroline Springs or surrounding areas. For more information, see:


School of Health Sciences (Ref 09662, 02729)

Contact Us

Phone: 1800 333 864

International Students This information may not apply to international students.
For further information contact:
International Student Programs
Tel: +61 3 5327 9018
DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. Show InternationalInternational students are students who are not Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. International students must pay overseas/international fees.
FedUni Code NU5

Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat): 3700337191
Wimmera Campus (Horsham): 3700337191

Mid year entry Yes
Credit Points 360
Duration (EFTSL) 3.0

3 years full-time


Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat)
Wimmera Campus (Horsham) Please note that as of 2015, students in all year levels studying at the Wimmera Campus will be transitioned into blended/online delivery. Please contact us for further information.

Application Method

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to Apply page for further information.
Federation University Australia offers a number of programs which are eligible for Open Access entry for current Year 12 students. Further information can be found on our Open Access page.

Application Type - VTAC Yes
Application Type - Direct Yes
Entry Requirements

Year 12: Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any Mathematics; and Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Health and Human Development, Physics or Psychology; and a study score of at least 25 in any English; OR interstate/overseas equivalent


Selection is based on a range of criteria. For more information, please visit Information for Mature Students.

Extra Requirements

It is a policy of the Department of Human Services that all students are required to undertake a National Police Check prior to clinical placement in each calendar year of your program. All students are also required to obtain a Working with Children Check prior to the first scheduled clinical placement block in the program. Students who fail to obtain a National Police Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be eligible to undertake clinical placement. Students are also required to sign a declaration of their immunization status and to be prepared to present that declaration upon request by the clinical agency.

Non-Year 12: Non-Year 12 applicants applying through VTAC must complete and submit the VTAC Personal Statement form online, available through VTAC. Successful applicants will be required to undertake a police check and a Working With Children Check (WWCC). It is recommended that you have relevant vaccinations along with a signed declaration of their immunization status prior to clinical placement.

Certified qualifications (transcripts and completion) APHRA reg (if appropriate), VCE results, CV, Personal Statement

Pathways/Alternate Entry

Pathways/Alternate Entry
Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or VET studies.

If you are seeking alternate entry into the Bachelor of Nursing you can consider applying for the following programs:

Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST) - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study. Nursing does not take a mid-year intake, so students would need to study FAST in either Semester 1 or 2 and you may consider a VET program in the following semester (see below).

You should also consider the following VET programs:

It is recommended that you also undertake additional work or volunteer experience in the health/nursing industry to enhance your application.

Pathways to Study which is designed to help you to become an independent learner in maths, computers, oral and written communication in preparation for further study at FedUni. Pathways to Study does not guarantee entry into the Bachelor of Nursing program.

Indicative Fees

Please visit to obtain further information regarding Indicative Program Fees.

Program Majors AvailableGeneral
2015 - Sample Program Structure
This Sample Program Structure is not to be used for enrolment purposes. Refer to information provided by your school for your individual program structure.

The indicative fees are for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Not all Post Graduate Programs offer a Commonwealth Supported Place. Please refer to our Schedule of Fees page for more information regarding Indicative Program fees.

General Credit Points CSP Fee

Year 1 Semester 1
EXSCI1011 Anatomical And Physiological Bases Of The Human Body 1 15 $1,096
HCNUR1011 Foundations Of Nursing 1 15 $769
HCNUR1021 Professional Nursing 1 15 $769
HCNUR1031 Population Health 1 15 $769

Year 1 Semester 2
EXSCI1012 Anatomical And Physiological Bases Of The Human Body 2 15 $1,096
HCNUR1012 Foundations Of Nursing 2 15 $769
HCNUR1022 Professional Nursing 2 15 $769
HCNUR1932 Clinical Practice 1: Fundamentals Of Assessment And Pharmacology 15 $769

Year 2 Semester 1
HCMTL2033 The Continuum Of Mental Health 15 $769
HCNUR2013 Comprehensive Nursing Care 1 15 $769
HCNUR2023 Research In Nursing 15 $769
HCNUR2943 Clinical Practice 2 15 $769

Year 2 Semester 2
HCNUR2014 Comprehensive Nursing Care 2 15 $769
HCNUR2024 Professional Nursing 3 15 $769
HCNUR2034 Population Health 2 15 $769
HCNUR2944 Clinical Practice 3 15 $769

Year 3 Semester 1
HCAGE3035 Health And Ageing 15 $769
HCNUR3015 Nursing Care 3 15 $769
HCNUR3025 Professional Nursing 4 15 $769
HCNUR3945 Clinical Practice 4 15 $769

Year 3 Semester 2
HCNUR3016 Professional Nursing: Transition To Practice 30 $1,538
HCNUR3026 Advanced Nursing Practice 30 $1,538

Indicative Totals:



All courses listed in bold are core courses which must be undertaken as part of this program.
All courses listed in italics are electives - they are examples only, of some of the many courses available within the program.

Sample Program Structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen Program.
Please contact the FedUni for further information on available options.
Show DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. InternationalInternational students are students who are not Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. International students must pay overseas/international fees.
Academic Entry Requirement

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or overseas equivalent

English Language Requirement

Overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.5, or equivalent

CRICOS Program Code 001493K
VTAC (International)

Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat): 3700537193

FedUni Code NU5
Duration (International)

3 years full-time

Fee - Annual Fee 2015 24700
Assessment Assignments, portfolios, group work and exams.
RPL and Credit Transfer International students wishing to apply for RPL and Credit Transfer are required to provide syllabus of previous study undertaken at time of applying for a program. Not all programs offer RPL and Credit Transfer. Contact the International Student Programs office at
Teaching Location (International Students)

Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat)

Application Method

International students currently studying VCE in Victoria (Australia) are required to apply through VTAC. All other international students applying for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees are required to apply through the Federation University Australia's International office. All international students applying for Higher Degrees by Research are required to apply through Research Services.

Entry Requirements - International

International students must meet the following basic entry requirements (see below):

Program Enquiries - International

International Student Programs
Federation University Australia
PO Box 663
Ballarat Victoria 3353

Tel: +61 3 5327 9018
Fax: +61 3 5327 9017

Further Information Contact Us:
Tel: 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864)

A range of student services, are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please call the number listed above.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this publication including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of going to press as at the date above, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D.
Please Note: All VET programs and training are delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.
National RTO Code: 4909.
Information correct as at 28/May/2015

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