Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies)

Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies)

UAC code, ATAR and IB scores | Course overview | Registration

Dr Michele Knight (Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm)
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The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) degree is a three-year pre-registration program for career-minded students without previous tertiary qualifications. It is designed to give you a strong foundation for professional nursing practice, with a focus on leadership, evidence-based practice and international health care. The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) program will focus on the person as the patient and the support they need in managing their health care in both a hospital-based setting and within the community. It will prepare you to respond to and thrive in health care environments that are evolving and changing and you’ll have the opportunity to undertake rural, remote and even international clinical placements, to give you the confidence to work anywhere.

At the University of Sydney nursing students have access to teaching and research across all the health disciplines, including public health, medicine, pharmacy, health science and medical science. This means you’ll enjoy interdisciplinary practice by learning from leading clinical experts and academics, many of whom are writing key health textbooks and driving health policy. Many are working at frontline health care services, making real differences to the health care landscape and bringing innovation to your learning experience.

Clinical practice is an important part of your program. You will get all the practical hands-on experience you need, both in our state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratories and through clinical placements in health facilities. You'll have more than 900 hours of clinical practice during your course, including clinical placement experiences in a wide variety of health care settings such as emergency departments, intensive care units, paediatric units, mental health facilities, community health centres and more. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement overseas.

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Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies)

UAC code


Domestic ATAR score


International ATAR score


Domestic IB score


International IB score


Course overview

Credit points

144 credit points and 24 units of study (each worth 6 credit points)


Three years full-time study or six years part-time study


A normal full-time load is 4 units of study per semester; a part-time load is 2 units of study per semester which include tutorials and lectures and laboratory sessions. There are also pre-reading and assessment items equating to approximately 10 hours per week.


The course is only offered on campus (Mallett Street Campus and Camperdown Campus).


Classes are held from Monday to Friday, anywhere between 8am and 6pm, depending on your personal timetable. You will undertake approximately 24 hours of class time per week for full-time study or 12 hours for part-time study. NOTE: All of the course requirements must be completed within 10 calendar years for full-time students.

Clinical placement

You complete over 900 hours of clinical placement. Clinical placement sites include private and public hospitals; as well as various community areas such as age care, community centres, mental health facilities and primary health care placements. The majority of clinical placements occur within the Sydney metropolitan area. Students can also undertake placements in rural NSW, as well as interstate and international.

Different admission requirements for domestic and international students

More information
Refer to the ESSENTIALS column on the Sydney Courses page for this course.


Once you successfully complete the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Find out more about this process.