Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) is a three-year full-time undergraduate degree. This degree provides students with a broad and robust foundation for professional nursing practice. The program is delivered with a person-centred philosophy of care. This means students will learn to focus on people and their individual health needs, whether this care is required in the community or in a hospital setting. This course is inclusive of a focus on leadership, research and evidence based practice, and international health care, and developing graduates' capabilities as engaged, enquiring, globally aware health care professionals.

As part of the course, you will undertake clinical placements in a variety of community and hospital settings and will have the opportunity to undertake rural, remote or overseas clinical placements.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) is a three-year full-time course consisting of 144 credit points. Students will complete 24 core units of study in the order predetermined (8 units of study each year).

The units of study are structured into four broad areas that are interwoven into learning experiences throughout the course and developed at successively more complex levels as students progress in their studies. These areas are: Underpinnings to Nursing Practice; Health, Development and Assessment; Contexts of Practice; and Nursing Practice.
In Underpinnings of Nursing Practice, students will engage with areas of study relating to human sciences and research. In the Health, Development and Assessment area of study, units of study include: Health Assessment; Child and Adolescent Health and Care; Ageing, Health and Care, and Understanding Experiences of Illness. Students will be introduced to the knowledge and practices of person-centred health care in the Context of Practice area of study. The Nursing Practice area of study includes units of study that are directly related to clinical nursing knowledge and practice.

Clinical experience is an important component of the course. All students are required to undertake approximately 900 hours of clinical placements in health care facilities monitored or operated by the NSW Department of Health throughout the degree.


Further course information

Course opportunities

Clinical practice is an important part of the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) degree. In total students undertake more than 900 hours of clinical practice. This includes clinical placement experiences in a wide variety of health care settings to give candidates hands-on nursing practice in emergency departments, intensive care units, paediatric units, mental health facilities, community health centres and more. The opportunity to undertake a clinical placement overseas means candidates can explore nursing within the context of other cultures and languages.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of this course can select from a wide and growing range of practice areas in the public and private health care systems including acute care hospitals, children's hospitals, trauma and emergency care, mental health nursing, aged care, community nursing, palliative care, home care nursing, drug and alcohol centres, operating rooms and other surgical settings, and rural and remote nursing. Nurses also work in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical research trials and other health and education-related fields. Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to practise as a nurse in Australia.

Course accreditation

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Graduates will eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Further study

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) with a credit level are eligible to progress to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) or postgraduate studies. Sydney Nursing School offers a range of advanced learning postgraduate courses in specialty areas of nursing including cancer and haematology nursing, advanced nursing practice, clinical trials practice, emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing, primary health care nursing and the role of the nurse practitioner.

About honours

Eligible candidates may proceed to an additional honours year in the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

In addition, it is required that applicants have the ability to undertake clinical placements. The School’s Clinical Policy contains further details of these requirements.
Please note this course is not available to applicants who are registered to practise as a nurse in an Australian state or territory.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). Applicants with a Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health should apply direct to Sydney Nursing School. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 30 September

Ancillary expenses

You will be required to purchase a uniform which must be worn on clinical placements and you will need to factor in travel costs to clinical placements.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Ancillary expenses for international students

You will be required to purchase a uniform which must be worn on clinical placements and you will need to factor in travel costs to clinical placements.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.