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Bachelor of Nursing

Course Code BNURS20

  • Full Time
  • 3 years
  • On Campus
  • Moorabbin

This course is not available for International Students


The Bachelor of Nursing focuses on professional nursing practice and theory, and is underpinned by a philosophy of person-centred and holistic care, making our graduates highly sought after.

Career Opportunities

  • Registered nurse

Pathway to further studies

  • Masters or other post-graduate qualifications
  • The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC).

Studying the Bachelor of Nursing at Holmesglen

At Holmesglen, we develop professionals who have valuable skills and knowledge, and are known for their culturally sensitive client care, safe and ethical clinical reasoning, and advanced communication skills.<p>You are prepared for practice through a combination of on-campus theory and the latest simulation activities that are delivered in our state-of-the-art simulation apartments and clinical wards. At our Moorabbin campus health precinct, we have invested over $5 million creating the highest standard of health training equipment and facilities in Victoria. Holmesglen students spend a lot of time simulating real nursing practices in a safe learning environment. With a focus on inter-professional learning, you will develop valuable skills to operate as part of a healthcare team.<p>Your supported clinical practice will take place in a variety of healthcare settings throughout Victoria. You will be exposed to clinical practice early in the course, through a range of clinical placements including aged care, acute and sub-acute, community, mental health, paediatric and high-dependency nursing.<p>All academic staff in the Bachelor of Nursing have relevant industry/professional experience and higher education teaching experience.<p>For information on healthcare workers and students living with blood-borne viruses and performing exposure-prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood-borne viruses, please refer to the <a href= ""> Australian national guidelines (PDF 895KB)</a>.

Entry Requirements

<strong>Admission requirements for applicants</strong><p>All applicants must complete an online Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test.<br>You must achieve a minimum of Level 5 for both the English and Maths Initial Assessments to be eligible to undertake the course.<p>To schedule the test, please contact 9209 5606.<p><strong>Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)</strong><br>This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations. <br>A minimum ATAR (eligibility score) of 50 is required to be considered for the course.<br>Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in one of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics, or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics<br>Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any English
<strong>Higher education study applicants</strong><br>The following entry requirements apply:<br>­your entire academic record will be considered<br>you may be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning in accordance with your previous qualification/s.<p><strong>Vocational education and training (VET) study applicants</strong><br>The following entry requirements apply:<br>­your entire academic record will be considered<br>you may be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning in accordance with your previous qualification/s.<p>You also need to hold NMBA registration as an enrolled nurse prior to commencement into the Bachelor of Nursing.<p><strong>Work and life experience applicants</strong><br>your entire academic record will be considered<br>direct entry into the course is possible for mature-aged applicants who have met the above criteria and do not have a VTAC application in place for any Victorian tertiary course. These applicants are invited to apply directly to the institute for commencement into first year.<p><strong>Bachelor of Nursing English language requirements.</strong> <br>The Bachelor of Nursing has entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. All students entering this course must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the course. <a href=""><strong>Download the English language requirements here (PDF - 332KB) </strong></a>.<p>You must provide evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 (Academic) with no individual bandscore less than 7.0 (if secondary education has not been completed in English).<p><strong>Inherent requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing</strong><br>The inherent requirements are the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to complete the course that must be met by all students. <a href="">Download the inherent requirements here.(PDF - 361kb)</a>.<p><strong>Prior to undertaking clinical placement</strong>, Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of their first clinical placement. Additionally, students must be prepared to declare their health and immunisation status, complete a National Police Records Check annually and hold a valid Working with Children Check.<p>Immunisations required include:<br>Measles/Mumps/Rubella<br>Hepatitis A<br>Hepatitis B<br>Tuberculous<br>Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis<br>Polio<br>Influenza<br>Varicella <p><strong>COVID-19 immunisations</strong><br>Prior to the commencement of the course students must be fully vaccinated, including having had their booster shot (third vaccination) to attend clinical placements.<p>Holmesglen will register all students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA).
<Strong>Transition program</strong><br>To ensure a smooth transition from previous studies, students enrolling in the degree via alternative entry or advanced standing will be required to attend an on-campus transition course prior to commencing the degree. <p>Following completion, applicants will commence the degree in the second year of the program.<p><strong>Special and/or alternative entry: articulation pathway admissions</strong><br>There are currently no formally agreed credit arrangements for advanced standing with other providers.<p>** An applicant’s possible advanced standing is considered depending on previous study undertaken. <p>Applicants who have completed the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing, HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing or the HLT541607 Diploma of Nursing may be eligible to pathway into the Bachelor of Nursing with advanced standing and enter into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Nursing program.

Advanced standing

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.

Course Structure


1st year : Wednesday to Friday 8am-6pm<br>2nd year: Thursday and Friday 8am-8pm<br>3rd year : Monday and Tuesday 8am-6pm<p><strong>Mode of study</strong> <br>Full-time, on-campus, face-to-face delivery.<p>All new students commencing in a higher education course must attend their Faculty Course Orientation and Holmesglen's Higher Education Orientation.<p><strong>Major studies</strong> <br>Acute care nursing, aged care, communication, community nursing, comprehensive acute and chronic nursing care, ethics and law, health and wellbeing , human biology, indigenous health, mental health nursing, paediatric nursing, palliative care, pharmacology, rehabilitation therapies, research and evidence-based practice, society and culture.<p><strong>Clinical placement</strong><br>Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing undertake 880 hours of supervised clinical practice across the three years of the program. Students encounter a variety of clinical settings including aged care, rehabilitation, community settings, mental health, paediatric, high dependency and acute medical surgical wards in both metropolitan and regional hospitals and health care services.<p>To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Nursing, you must successfully complete 144 credit points comprising 24 core subjects. Subjects are organised into three themes of study - Nursing Theory and Concepts, Integrated Clinical Practice and Professional Perspectives. Students also study an integrated Bioscience subject in the first year of the program.
Unit code Unit name Credit points
NSG110120 Nursing 1: The individual, health and communication 6
NSG110220 Bioscience foundations 1 8
NSG110320 Integrated clinical practice 1 4
NSG110420 Professional studies 1 The health context and nursing profession 6
NSG120120 Nursing 2: Foundations of care 6
NSG120220 Bioscience foundations 2 8
NSG120320 Integrated clinical practice 2 6
NSG120420 Professional studies 2: Law and ethics 4
Unit code Unit name Credit points
NSG210120 Nursing 3: Nursing care A 6
NSG210220 Integrated and supportive care A: Care of the older person and rehabilitation 6
NSG210320 Integrated clinical practice 3 8
NSG210420 Professional studies 3: Research in nursing 4
NSG220120 Nursing 4: Nursing care B 6
NSG220220 Integrated and supportive care B: Mental health 6
NSG220320 Integrated clinical practice 4 8
NSG220420 Professional studies 4: Indigenous culture and health 4
Unit code Unit name Credit points
NSG310120 Nursing 5: Nursing care C – Living with chronic, complex illness and disability 6
NSG310220 Integrated and supportive care C: Primary health and community nursing 6
NSG310320 Integrated clinical practice 5 8
NSG310420 Professional studies 5: Readiness for practice A 4
NSG320120 Nursing 6: Nursing care D – Clinical deterioration 6
NSG320220 Integrative and supportive care D: Care of the younger person 6
NSG320320 Integrated clinical practice 6 8
NSG320420 Professional studies 6: Readiness for practice B 4


Multiple formative and summative methods of assessment will be used in the Bachelor of Nursing.<p>The individual subject statements provide specific details of assessments students are required to complete. These involve the use of various types of assessments appropriate to an undergraduate degree, including examinations and tests, presentations, essays, assignments, group projects and investigative activities. The range of assessment methods assists in meeting the varied learning styles of students. <p><strong>Written examinations</strong><br>Formal written examinations use a combination of multiple-choice, short-answer and long-answer / clinical scenario-based questions. In many subjects the emphasis will be on using ‘key feature’ examinations which present students with a clinical case scenario and a series of related questions. The questions are designed to test the critical steps or ‘key features’ in the management of a clinical case. This form of examination will test content knowledge, problem-solving and decision-making abilities in a context that is relevant to the actual clinical situation.<p><strong>Assessment of clinical competence</strong><br>While written examinations test the cognitive ability of students, it is equally important to examine how nursing students take client histories, perform physical examinations, communicate, and master the technical skills required of them. Their problem-solving, decision-making and client management abilities must also be examined, as must their professionalism. These are measured through objective structured clinical examinations and the clinical passport, which comprises competency-based assessment, mini health assessments, a clinical log, and a professional portfolio.

For details of credit points, learning outcomes, weekly contact hours, assessments, pre-requisites, co-requisites, download the Bachelor of Nursing summary (PDF - 395kb).

For details on the profile of students undertaking this course, download the Bachelor of Nursing student profile (PDF - 201kb).

For details on ATAR-based offers, download the 2024 ATAR-based offers for the Bachelor of Nursing (PDF- 131kb).

For details of fees per unit, download the Bachelor of Nursing - Full Fee 2024 (PDF- 159kb).

For details of fees per unit, download the download the Bachelor of Nursing - Commonwealth supported place (CSP) 2024 tuition fees (PDF- 159kb).

How to apply


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Qualification and Recognition

On completion you will receive the Bachelor of Nursing

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Commonwealth Supported Place $4,445 Per Year
Full Fee $18,292 Per Year
Student Services and Amenities Fee $351 Per Year
Mandatory materials Cost
Materials fee $320 Per Course

All local higher education students are required to pay a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This fee contributes to the cost of providing student support services including counselling, welfare services, learning support and other activities provided by the student support and wellbeing teams. The SSAF is charged each semester and the amount you pay depends on whether you’re a full time or part time student. The annual maximum amount is set by the Government and will vary according to your study load. Students studying on campus and online will be charged the same SSAF based on their study load. All local higher education students are required to pay this fee at the time of enrolment. For more information, and to find out how much you will be required to pay, please visit the <a href="">SSAF webpage.</a>

Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) is available to eligible students to pay for tuition and student amenities fees for this course. <a href="" title="Loans for higher education">Read more about HELP</a>. <a href="" title="How to pay for your course">Find out more about paying for your course</a>. Mandatory materials and activities fees, and additional course costs are not covered by HELP Loans.


All fees are indicative only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and charges annually. You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.

Additional Course Cost

Approximate fee for 3 years: $2,500<br>Per annum fee: Not applicable as a once off fee for whole course. For:<br>• Nursing student uniform (shirt and pants) - approximately $110. Holmesglen Scrubs $100.<br>• Nursing Kit $160 - $260, includes:<br>Stethoscope Sphygmomanometer<br>Fob watch with second hand (1 year warranty) Nurses pouch Pen torch Nursing calculator Safety goggles<br>Nurses lanyard calculator A6 alphabetical index book<br>Retractable ID tag with plastic holder Kaiser Baas VR-GX Headset Holmesglen Pen<br>• Identification badge $20<br>• Learning materials – textbooks/reading materials approximately $500 per year<br>• National Police Check approximately $50 yearly. Working with Children's Check $0.00 (volunteer)<br>• Immunisations approximately $500 - this will vary dependent on previous vaccinations and GP billing<br>• Rural clinical placement dependent on accommodation cost and length of clinical placement.

Tuition Assurance Requirements

Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled.

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