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B-NURS

Nursing

Bachelor degree

Become a registered nurse and give comprehensive care to patients in a variety of settings.

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  • ATAR
    Minimum ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
  • Duration
    3 years, 6 months full-time
  • Credit
    700
  • CRICOS
    041794K
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
  • Fieldwork
    See requirements
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Extended Delivery Period 1

On campus

Extended Delivery Period 1A

On campus

Extended Delivery Period 2A

On campus

Extended Term 1A

On campus

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

See full course structure

Why study Nursing at Curtin?

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked in the top 100 in the world for nursing, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Nursing

Outline

Outline

This course has limited student places. Places will be offered to eligible applicants who submit a complete application, until all places have been offered. For this reason, we recommend early application.

This course provides a wide-ranging program of simulated practice and fieldwork, advanced clinical skill development, biological, behavioural and nursing sciences, and the opportunity for an international study experience.

Your studies will focus on developing the skills and knowledge you’ll need to meet the demands of our changing healthcare system.

You will be encouraged to be an active, contributing member of an interprofessional healthcare team, which will give you the opportunity to study with different nursing and medical specialists in a range of fields.

You will gain strong, practical skills by completing a minimum of 840 hours of clinical placements in hospitals, private practice and rural health settings.

Alternative streams under the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) are offered to enhance your qualification if you are already an enrolled or registered nurse:

Please note: a break from study of more than one semester may incur additional clinical practice.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What jobs can the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) lead to?

Careers

  • Registered nurse.

Industries

  • Community health agencies
  • Private hospitals 
  • Public hospitals.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate accountable, safe, effective and innovative nursing care in a diverse range of health settings.
  • apply critical thinking and reflection to problem solving and clinical decision making for health improvements
  • critically analyse scientific literature and health standards in order to reflect on and synthesise complex information and integrate this into clinical practice
  • communicate effectively with individuals, families, communities within diverse health contexts and across interprofessional teams
  • use technologies proficiently to support quality patient care within a changing health care environment
  • recognise the values intrinsic to registered nurse practice and demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning through critical reflection and the ability to enhance the professional development of self and others
  • identify, evaluate and apply appropriate international and national standards of practice within a nursing healthcare context
  • acknowledge diversity across health care populations and systems and recognizes influence of self in care provision for inclusive and culturally safe practice
  • apply current nursing and health legislation as a member of interprofessional health care teams to provide quality care in the interests of public safety

Professional recognition

Graduates can apply for registration to become a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

I’d have to say that one of the best things about this course is the variety of clinical placements, where I’m able to apply what I’ve learned in class to a real clinical setting. It is an incredible experience working alongside and learning from so many different nurses, and gaining the confidence to put theory into practise.

Remy Trusler

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • UniReady

    If you don’t meet our minimum admission criteria, the UniReady Enabling Program can help you qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate courses.

  • Certificate IV + English Competency

    The certificate IV is the minimum requirement for university entry. It qualifies you for entry to Curtin courses with a 70 ATAR. You must also meet English language proficiency.

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    Written English and Verbal

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

Please refer to English language requirements for Nursing and Midwifery courses for detailed information on how to meet English proficiency for this course.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Application Requirements

If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (B-NURS), please refer to our admission criteria before completing your application.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

The following conditions are placed on the each specific intake:

  • Extended Delivery Period 1A - for International Students in the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Nurse Stream (BSc Nursing)(STRU-AREGN) only.
  • Extended Delivery Period 2A - for International Students in the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Nurse Stream (BSc Nursing)(STRU-AREGN) only.
  • Extended Term 1A - for students who completed the Service Teaching Component - Curtin College Diploma (ST-CURCOL) only

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Manual Handling and Basic Life Support Certification is required prior to commencement of the course and then updated on a yearly basis. You will need to keep these requirements current during your course. You are responsible for the cost of these.

You must be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in health care facilities. You must also be available to work rotational shift work, including morning, afternoon and nightshift.

A break from study of more than one semester may incur additional clinical practice.

The majors and/or streams available to study as part of this course have specific admission criteria that may be different to what is listed on this page. Please view the major/stream page for admission criteria specific to the major/stream you intend to do.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Written English and Verbal

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

Please refer to English language requirements for Nursing and Midwifery courses for detailed information on how to meet English proficiency for this course.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Application Requirements

If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (B-NURS), please refer to our admission criteria before completing your application.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

The following conditions are placed on the each specific intake:

  • Extended Delivery Period 1A - for International Students in the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Nurse Stream (BSc Nursing)(STRU-AREGN) only.
  • Extended Delivery Period 2A - for International Students in the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Nurse Stream (BSc Nursing)(STRU-AREGN) only.
  • Extended Term 1A - for students who completed the Service Teaching Component - Curtin College Diploma (ST-CURCOL) only

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Manual Handling and Basic Life Support Certification is required prior to commencement of the course and then updated on a yearly basis. You will need to keep these requirements current during your course. You are responsible for the cost of these.

You must be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in health care facilities. You must also be available to work rotational shift work, including morning, afternoon and nightshift.

A break from study of more than one semester may incur additional clinical practice.

The majors and/or streams available to study as part of this course have specific admission criteria that may be different to what is listed on this page. Please view the major/stream page for admission criteria specific to the major/stream you intend to do.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma. Individual streams may have different TAFE requirements. Please refer to the streams for more information.

  • STAT entry

    Written English and Verbal

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

Please refer to English language requirements for Nursing and Midwifery courses for detailed information on how to meet English proficiency for this course.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Application Requirements

If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (B-NURS), please refer to our admission criteria before completing your application.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

The following conditions are placed on the each specific intake:

  • Extended Delivery Period 1A - for International Students in the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Nurse Stream (BSc Nursing)(STRU-AREGN) only.
  • Extended Delivery Period 2A - for International Students in the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Nurse Stream (BSc Nursing)(STRU-AREGN) only.
  • Extended Term 1A - for students who completed the Service Teaching Component - Curtin College Diploma (ST-CURCOL) only

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Manual Handling and Basic Life Support Certification is required prior to commencement of the course and then updated on a yearly basis. You will need to keep these requirements current during your course. You are responsible for the cost of these.

You must be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in health care facilities. You must also be available to work rotational shift work, including morning, afternoon and nightshift.

A break from study of more than one semester may incur additional clinical practice.

The majors and/or streams available to study as part of this course have specific admission criteria that may be different to what is listed on this page. Please view the major/stream page for admission criteria specific to the major/stream you intend to do.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed at least 100 credits, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or higher if the course is not completed, with an academic status of Good Standing; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed at least 100 credits, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% or higher, with an academic status of Good Standing; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Students in the UniReady enabling program must complete the program with a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% and a grade of 70% or higher in BIOL0001 Introduction to Health Sciences unit.

Course switching is not available for the following Nursing streams:

  • Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Stream
  • Registered Nurse Conversion - Australian Registration Nurse Stream
  • Registered Nurse Conversion - Non-Australian Registration Nurse Stream.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed at least 100 credits, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or higher, with an academic status of Good Standing; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Course switching is not available for the following Nursing streams:

  • Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Stream
  • Registered Nurse Conversion - Australian Registration Nurse Stream
  • Registered Nurse Conversion - Non-Australian Registration Nurse Stream.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

Please refer to English language requirements for Nursing and Midwifery courses for detailed information on how to meet English proficiency for this course.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Application Requirements

If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (B-NURS), please refer to our admission criteria before completing your application.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

The following conditions are placed on the each specific intake:

  • Extended Delivery Period 1A - for International Students in the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Nurse Stream (BSc Nursing)(STRU-AREGN) only.
  • Extended Delivery Period 2A - for International Students in the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Nurse Stream (BSc Nursing)(STRU-AREGN) only.
  • Extended Term 1A - for students who completed the Service Teaching Component - Curtin College Diploma (ST-CURCOL) only

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Manual Handling and Basic Life Support Certification is required prior to commencement of the course and then updated on a yearly basis. You will need to keep these requirements current during your course. You are responsible for the cost of these.

You must be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in health care facilities. You must also be available to work rotational shift work, including morning, afternoon and nightshift.

A break from study of more than one semester may incur additional clinical practice.

The majors and/or streams available to study as part of this course have specific admission criteria that may be different to what is listed on this page. Please view the major/stream page for admission criteria specific to the major/stream you intend to do.

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Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $7,100*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Extended Delivery Period 1
  • On campus
Extended Delivery Period 1A
  • On campus
Extended Delivery Period 2A
  • On campus
Extended Term 1A
  • On campus
Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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