Course details

CRICOS course code: 016165C

Level of study: Undergraduate


Nurses are the heart and soul of healthcare, and nursing is a career where you can make a positive difference in the lives of others every day.

Our Bachelor of Nursing is taught in state-of-the-art facilities, including laboratories that simulate real healthcare settings. You will develop the ability to apply knowledge and evidence-based clinical reasoning skills to a nursing practice, provide therapeutic care to patients, coordinate and lead nursing care to individuals and groups, and work independently as well as collaborate in multidisciplinary teams for effective, person-centred outcomes.

Supervised clinical placements provide invaluable nursing experience in public and private hospitals and health agencies with an option in third year to undertake a specialised professional experience placement where you can explore your diverse career options.

This degree is a strong foundation for a nursing career in a number of settings, with options including primary health, mental health, chronic disease, leadership and care management. Your employment prospects as a Southern Cross University graduate are excellent „ 95 per cent of our nursing graduates find employment shortly after graduation (QILT, 2018).

Major areas of study

The course is responsive to contemporary nursing practice and provides content and clinical experiences as follows:

Professional areas: nursing knowledge and development, critical thinking and analysis, provision and coordination of person-centred care, independent and collaborative care, primary health care, mental health, acute and complex care, chronic disease management, palliative care, leadership and care management, aged care.

Biological sciences: anatomy, physiology, patho-physiology and pharmacology.

Social sciences: Australian health care system, Indigenous studies, psychology and sociology for health sciences, legal and ethical studies and research methods.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist as a registered nurse in a range of public and private health settings. Nurses typically deliver acute and chronic disease management in clinical settings such as emergency departments, critical care or operating theatres, paediatrics, and in community and primary healthcare and education. They can work as a practice nurse in GP clinics, in mental health, with children and health, rural and remote area healthcare.

Registered nurses also take on leading roles in non-government organisations (NGOs) such as The Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). They also occupy senior roles in the Australian Defence Forces. With further qualifications they can take on specialist Nurse Practitioner, clinical consultant and executive level roles.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 27,600 Per Year Read more3,450 per unit
Start date: 01 March 2021
Duration: 3 years
Study mode: Full time

Gold Coast Campus

Southern Cross Drive
Gold Coast Queensland 4225

Entry criteria

Applicants must have achieved:

  • satisfactory completion of at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the Recognised Countries (see below), including at least two years between years 7 and 12.
  • Completed at least two years (full time equivalent combined secondary and/or tertiary and/or vocational education taught and assessed solely in English, in one of the Recognised Countries.

Applicants must have IELTS - 7.0 with no band less than 7.0; CAE - 67; TOEFL PBT - 600 min 5.0 (TWE); TOEFL iBT - 94 with no less than 25 in writing; PTE - 65 with no communicative score less than 65; ISPLR - 4+ in all 4 skill areas.


Southern Cross University
Lismore Campus
Military Road North Coast New South Wales 2480