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Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Federation offers the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) as a pathway for students who have achieved a standard of excellence in their academic studies to pursue higher degree studies.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements apply to this course.

FedUni offers the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) as a pathway for students who have achieved a standard of excellence in their academic studies to pursue higher degree studies.

There is an increasing expectation by governments and communities for evidence-based healthcare practice, as health policies impact upon the way services are delivered to the community. In this context nurses, as the largest group of healthcare providers, are central to the implementation of new, evidence-based practices. This requires nurses to increase their knowledge of and skills in, research utilisation and application.

Successful graduates of the Honours year will make significant contributions to healthcare and to the discipline of nursing, through their knowledge, research and evaluation skills.

The honours year primarily involves an independent research project conducted under supervision of an expert academic. The greatest time commitment during honours is associated with the research project, which allows for considerable flexibility about when work is conducted.

  • Health researcher
  • Nurse researcher
  • Nurse educator
  • Quality Improvement Manager
  • Project manager
  • Healthcare Leader
  • Nurse Leader
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Health policy developer
  • Health advisor
  • Nurse administrator
  • Healthcare administrator

The program provides skills in research, which will enable nurses to pursue research at a higher degree level. Graduates will have opportunities to pursue leadership positions and to undertake further study if they wish.

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 program structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

Year 1

Semester 1

HEALT6001, 30 credit points
HEALT6002, 30 credit points

Semester 2

HEALT7002, 30 credit points
HEALT7003, 30 credit points

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

Bachelor of Nursing

Entry requirements (year 12)

This category of applicants is not eligible to apply for this course.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Completion of a Bachelor degree in Nursing with a high level of academic achievement which is normally a distinction average or above for the 3rd year of the program. 

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

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HN8

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 subjects, not the overall course. Each subject 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 subject, check the Sample structure or refer to the 2024 subject 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) course the certificate fee is displayed. Total cost will vary depending on the subjects 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.

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 course, 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 programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, 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 coordinator

Kaye Heritage