Bachelor of Nursing Science (Graduate Entry) - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Nursing Science (Graduate Entry)

Switch to a rewarding career in nursing.

Use credit from another undergraduate degree you’ve completed to make a career change to become a registered nurse.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay
  • Caboolture
Refer to the program footnotes
Semester 2
Program length (full-time)
Semester 2 commencement 2.3 years (2 years full-time plus an 8-week Nursing Internship)
Annual tuition fee 2021
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • Applicants from a non-English speaking background must refer to English language requirements.
  • Duration note: The full-time program is two years full-time plus an eight-week block nursing internship.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 013411
  • Moreton Bay 014211
  • Caboolture 018661
Minimum selection threshold

GPA requirement

USC program code
Semester 2
2.3 years full time (2 years full time plus an 8-week Nursing Internship) or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Other requirements
All applicants must either be able to declare that English is their primary language (ie they have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one of the following countries:  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or United States of America.); or they must attain an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest (obtained within two years prior to the commencement of the program). For more information visit English language requirements.
Total courses
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  • Duration note: The full-time program is two years full-time plus an eight-week block nursing internship.

In this practical degree, you’ll learn about anatomy and physiology, drug therapy, comprehensive health assessment and care of people. Learn from experienced clinicians in work placements in hospitals, aged-care facilities, health agencies and community settings.

When you graduate from this program, you may apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

On completion of your nursing program you will need to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registration standards including English Language Skills and Criminal History. Please review these standards on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website: NMBA registration standards

In this program you will:

  • Complete 800 hours of work placements in clinical settings
  • Learn about anatomy and physiology, comprehensive health assessment, and drug therapy
  • Assess and care for patients
  • Continue learning through an honours or Master’s program to specialise in nursing

USC will pass on your details directly to the Nursing and Midwifery Board National Board for Student Registration. The National Board will register you for the duration of your program of study or clinical training in nursing or midwifery, or until you are no longer enrolled in your approved program of study or clinical training program.

For further information about your student registration with the National Board please visit their website.

No further credit can be applied for from the undergraduate degree.

Admission requirements

Applicants must complete an (unspecified) Australian bachelor degree (AQF Level 7), or equivalent degree from an international university.

Completed graduate diplomas, masters and/or doctorates are accepted equivalents, with a minimum post-secondary volume of study of 3.00 years full-time (or equivalent) of which 1.00 year full-time (or equivalent) must have been completed within the past ten years.

Places in this program are limited, eligibility for an offer of admission will be based on the applicants Grade Point Average in their undergraduate degree.

Applicants from a non-English speaking background refer to English language requirements.

Post-admission requirements

Before undertaking clinical placement, students must obtain and maintain a current first aid and CPR certificate, obtain the Mental Health First Aid online learning certificate, provide evidence of immunisations, undergo a criminal history check and obtain a Blue Card — Refer to Program requirements and notes.

Program special requirements

Students who meet the following criteria are required to take the Clinical Connections module before they can enrol in a clinical placement course in any given year of study:

  • Those who have passed a preparation for practice course but subsequently failed the clinical placement course.
  • Those who have transferred from another university with credit for a preparation for practice course but not the clinical placement course.
  • Those who have taken a break from their study for two or more consecutive semesters (including students transferring from another university with credit).

Completion of the Clinical Connections module formalises reintroduction to theory and supported practice, and ensures that students can proceed to clinical placement and meet NMBA professional standards relevant to practice at their level of study.

Career opportunities

Nurse in acute care, armed forces, community, regional and remote, mental health, Indigenous health, aged care and industry settings.

Graduates are eligible to become members of:
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
  • Australian College of Nursing

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as nurses in Australia with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, which is a Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has a number of registration standards that graduates must demonstrate in order to be eligible for registration. For example, graduates must demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7, with 7 in all subtests, or equivalent before being considered for professional registration. For full details of the AHPRA Registration Standards, visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

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