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Bachelor of Nursing

Make an impact every day with a career in nursing! Federation will connect you with a large network of healthcare providers for local and international placement and career opportunities. Victorian students who enrol in the Bachelor of Nursing for 2024 are eligible for up to $16,500 through Victorian Government scholarships.  
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Blended Delivery - Ballarat
Blended Delivery - Berwick
Blended Delivery - Gippsland
Blended Delivery - Wonthaggi
Gippsland - Churchill
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Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Blended Delivery - Ballarat
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Blended Delivery - Berwick
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Blended Delivery - Gippsland
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Blended Delivery - Wonthaggi
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Gippsland - Churchill
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This course may be on offer at a partner institution.

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR 70.00
Lowest Adjusted ATAR 50.00
Please note: quota restrictions apply to this course due to the availability of placements.

Imagine knowing at the end of each day that you have had a positive influence on someone’s wellbeing. As a nurse, you will connect with a diverse range of patients on an intimate level and help them through difficult times at all life stages. 

Federation will guide, support and connect you with opportunities on your journey to becoming a Registered nurse. You will learn to use clinical reasoning and evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes. 

You will: 
• learn to support a diverse group of patients in a variety of clinical settings 
• gain practical experience across acute medical, and surgical nursing, mental health, aged care, and community care  
• undertake 800 hours of supervised placement in Victoria (or even overseas), putting your new skills into practice.  

Once you have completed your course, your registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) enables you to work anywhere in Australia. 

Course specifics 
First year 
• anatomy & physiology 
• communication for health professions 
• professional, legal and ethical decision making 
• person-centred nursing practice 
• evidence-based practice and research 
• primary health 

Second year 
• health promotion 
• pathophysiology and pharmacology applied to person-centred nursing practice 
• mental health nursing 
• health and cultural diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
• many technical nursing skills 

Third year 
• leadership for health practice 
• management of deteriorating patient 
• nursing people with chronic conditions 
• transitioning into nursing practice 
• application of evidence-based practice and research 

There are many career opportunities outside of hospitals such as diabetes educator, community health nurse, school nurse, practice nurse and hospital in the home. Wherever you work, your career will be challenging, stimulating, and rewarding. You may even move into a specialised areas including midwifery or paramedicine. 

Clinical placements 
Our connections to hospitals and healthcare partners across Victoria will set up you up for success with placements and employment opportunities. We have long-established partnerships with organisations including: 

• Ballarat Community Health 
• Grampians Health  
• Dhelkaya Health 
• Monash Health 
• St John of God Health Care 
• Knox Private Hospital 
• Bass Coast Health  
• Latrobe Regional Hospital 
• Gippsland hospitals (West Gippsland, Central Gippsland and Bairnsdale) 

Overseas opportunities 
Combine study and travel for a unique overseas experience with the help of our Global Professional School. In 2023, 16 Federation nursing students did their clinical placements in Nepal through the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. This Australian Government initiative supports undergraduates to study in 40 locations in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Course delivery 
Blended delivery (domestic) students will mostly study online but will be on campus for intensive blocks each semester.   
Diploma of Nursing graduates may apply for second year at Berwick, Churchill, Mt Helen or Bass Coast (Wonthaggi).  

This course does not follow the standard published academic calendar (Academic Calendar)

Hear from our students

"I'm pursuing nursing as my career as I love helping people. Federation University has contact with many hospitals to provide us with placement and they give us a lot of support to improve our skills in specialist on-campus labs. We do practicals where we learn with realistic dummies that have a pulse, breathe and act like a genuine patient. The whole experience replicates that of a hospital setting which allows us to receive feedback from our lecturers."

Bachelor of Nursing
  • Aged care nurse
  • Clinical audit nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Division one nurse
  • Emergency care nurse
  • General practice nurse
  • Gerontic nurse
  • Health promotion officer
  • Healthcare recruiter
  • IVF nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Nurse
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Oncology nurse
  • Paediatric nurse
  • Palliative care nurse
  • Peri-operative nurse
  • Primary health nurse
  • Registered nurse
  • Remote area nurse
  • Research nurse
  • School nurse

On successful completion, you will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a registered nurse.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

On-campus: 10-12 hours per week and 20-25 hours online study
Blended delivery: 30-40 hours online study and a week compulsory on campus intensive teaching block each semester

This course requires a total of 800  placement hours across 20 weeks.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)

Units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 25 in English.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This course has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the course pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this course with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments
A study score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry, Health and Human Development, any Mathematics or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study.  Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)
Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.  For further information go to Federation University Australia SEAS information and the Federation University Australia website

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Entire academic record

This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Minimum requirements
Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory course such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).

Selection ranking: Entry into this course is competitive with only a limited number of places available at each campus. The volume of applications received exceed the number of places available and therefore meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer. Federation students with previous higher education studies or a cognate VET qualification will be given preference. 

English language requirement

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no individual band less than 7.0; OET with a minimum score of B in each component; TOEFL IBT 94 with no less than 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing; Pearson 65 (no band less than 65). Refer to the professional recognition section for NMBA registration requirements.

Extra requirements

Essential requirements for selection and application:
English language proficiency for Nursing and Midwifery
Compulsory: Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency either by providing a written declaration that English is their primary language or evidence that they have achieved the minimum English language test results as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard.
So that we can assess your eligibility, you will need to complete and submit the 'Nursing and Midwifery English Language requirements' form.  This should be completed prior to; or directly after, you have submitted your online application.  We will be notified of your submission via email. Complete the Nursing and Midwifery English language requirements form.

Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation:
Compulsory: Prior to commencing clinical placements students are expected to provide evidence of current immunisation status.
Working with children check
Compulsory: Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. For more information see:

Police record check
Compulsory: Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. For more information see:


Compulsary: Prior to commencing clinical placements students are expected to provide evidence of current immunisation status.

NDIS Work Screening Test:
Compulsory: Applications will be required to undertake a NDIS Work Screening Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course.

Mask Fit Testing:Compulsory: Applicants will be required to complete mask fit testing prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course.

Inherant Requirements for pre-registration Nursing

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510331 (Mt Helen), 3700710331 (Churchill), 3701810331 (Berwick), 3702410331 (Blended Delivery - Mt Helen), 3702510331 (Blended Delivery - Gippsland), 3702610331 (Blended Delivery - Berwick), 3702710331 (Blended Delivery - Wonthaggi)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HN5

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$4,445 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or VET studies. 

Applicants who complete the Diploma of Nursing at Federation University will be guaranteed a place in the Bachelor of Nursing.

Applicants with comparable qualifications: 
Applicants may be admitted to the course on the basis of qualifications deemed to be equivalent of VCE. This may include qualifications at either secondary or tertiary level obtained interstate or overseas or VET qualifications. 
Applicants who have successfully completed a course that is considered to be health related may receive credit for up to 4 courses. 
Applicants without a health related course may have up to 2 courses of credit. 

Pathway in to second year:
Applicants with an ASQA approved Diploma of Nursing, those students who are Internationally recognised registered nurses who do not have a bachelor degree or those graduates from a Bachelor of Midwifery or a bachelor degree in allied health/health science field are eligible to apply for entry to the third semester (year 2) of the course. 

Pathway into third year: 
Applicants who have previously been registered as a registered nurse/division one nurse with NMBA/AHPRA seeking re-entry to the register to practice in Australia may be eligible for entry to the third year of the course. 
Each applicant will be required to undertake an individualised pathway of study as deemed appropriate to meet the re-entry to the register - Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards (2014) and will include a combination of clinical practice and theoretical engagement. 

Alternate entry: 
You should also consider the following VET courses:
Certificate IV in Disability; Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing); Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST) - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study. It is recommended that you also undertake additional work or volunteer experience in the health/nursing industry to enhance your application.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA)

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)

The Bachelor of Nursing is subject to Australian Nursing Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) approval. This is a routine process conducted every 5 years.

Graduates of this course are eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).

Please note: To apply for NMBA registration graduates need to demonstrate the ANMAC English language requirements as stated in NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standards (2019) see The current requirements are English Language proficiency declaration or test with the level required for the IELTS test is a score of 7 in all four bands of the Academic test or a B in all four bands of the Occupational English Test (OET). Students will be informed upon admission that they must achieve the English level expected by AHPRA in order to achieve registration.


Applicants are not permitted to defer admission.

Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation: Working with children check Compulsory. Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Police record check Compulsory: Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. Immunisations Compulsory: Prior to commencing clinical placements students are expected to provide evidence of current immunisation status.  Students undertaking placement at some agencies will be required to undertake a NDIS Work Screening Check. National Police Records Checks and NDIS Work Screening Checks are at the students's own expense. Inherent Requirements English Language Skills requirements – IELTS of 7 in all bands.

Essential requirements for admission - Federation University Australia

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Course co-ordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Swapnali Gazula
Berwick - Catherine Wilson
Blended Delivery - Ballarat - Swapnali Gazula
Blended Delivery - Berwick - Catherine Wilson
Blended Delivery - East Gipps - Carolyn Bailey
Blended Delivery - Gippsland - Louise Allen
Blended Delivery - Wimmera - Grainne Lowe
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat - Swapnali Gazula
Flexible Delivery - Berwick - Catherine Wilson
Flexible Delivery - East Gipps - Carolyn Bailey
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland - Louise Allen
Flexible Delivery - Wimmera - Grainne Lowe
Gippsland - Churchill - Louise Allen