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Facts & figures

Global leaders in nursing

  • #2 in Australia 2018 QS Subject Rankings
  • #15 in the world 2018 QS Subject Rankings
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Nursing

Make a genuine difference in people's lives
Nurses work across almost all healthcare domains, providing high-quality care for patients, support and leadership for healthcare professionals – and are at the forefront of research and policy.

Why study nursing with us?

Founded in evidence and generated by our own researchers, our courses reflect the changing needs of healthcare. You will be taught by leading academics, clinicians and researchers who are working in the cutting edge of nursing and midwifery knowledge.

The exceptional quality of our programs means our graduates stand out from the crowd.  Locally knowledgeable and globally aware, our graduates engender commitment and passion for nursing.

  • Hands-on learning from week one through state of the art clinical simulation labs, and over 800 hours of clinical placements in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Be taught by leaders in the nursing field who influence Australian health policy.
  • Learn how to make evidence-based decisions, enabling you to provide the best care for patients and their families.
  • Join our global community of influential staff and alumni, building your relationships in the nursing and wider healthcare community.
  • We offer a range of scholarships including the generous Susan Wakil Scholarships and the John and Diana Hutchison Merit Prize for Nursing for high achieving students.

Where can nursing take you?

A career in nursing is varied and rewarding. Registered nurses are employed across a range of settings in the public and private healthcare system – from inner-city hospitals to rural and remote communities.

You will also find nurses in other services and industries such as:

  • armed forces
  • bioethics
  • government
  • health insurance
  • non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • pharmaceuticals
  • tertiary education.

Learn more about our undergraduate nursing degree

How can I study nursing?

Whether you are just starting out, looking for a career change, or ready to take the next step in your nursing career, we offer a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs to meet your needs.

This three-year full-time degree will teach you how to deliver high-quality care and improve lives, combining practical learning with extensive clinical placements.

Combined nursing programs can be completed in four years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications.

As an arts and nursing student, you will learn from leaders in the humanities and healthcare disciplines, gaining a broad interdisciplinary knowledge alongside leadership and critical thinking skills.

The Science (Health) option provides a thorough grounding in health and health systems at the local, national and global levels while developing the knowledge, skills and experience to become a registered nurse.

This combined program cultivates the critical thinking skills and breadth of the sciences alongside the expertise and experience to become a registered nurse. It provides a wide range of career opportunities across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

This additional year is a unique opportunity to enhance your critical thinking skills, broaden your career options, and actively improve nursing practice and the lives of patients.

Learn more about honours in medicine and health.

Building on your previous undergraduate education, this two-year program prepares you to work in local, national and international healthcare settings.

This course is available at our Camperdown or Westmead campuses.

Designed for working nurses, our postgraduate courses for nurses build on the knowledge you have gained working as a registered nurse, solidifying the theoretical foundations of your practice and helping you advance your career.

With the exception of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), all our specialist courses are available as a graduate diploma and graduate certificate as well at the master’s level.

Engage with world-class researchers to develop your expertise and gain advanced research and critical thinking skills. 

This course provides an opportunity for intensive research training across the broad spectrum of the Sydney Nursing School's research areas. 

To find a potential supervisor visit Research Supervisor Connect or learn more about postgraduate research.