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Bachelor of Nursing - Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse pathway

Bachelors Degree

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    2 years full-time; 3 years part-time
    2 years full-time; 4 years part-time for students who have completed the approved Health Training Package Diploma in Nursing

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This pathway program is for Enrolled Nurses; graduates of the HLT51612 Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing) or HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. The course requires current APHRA registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

A specifically designed course of study acknowledges previous learning and enables Enrolled Nurses to complete the Bachelor of Nursing in a shorter period of time (two years full-time or four years part-time).

Students who qualify for admission will receive advanced standing (credit) in recognition of their diploma study and complete the equivalent of four specifically designed conversion units alongside the remaining second year units of study.

The Bachelor of Nursing provides students with a combination of foundational science, professional knowledge and clinical experiences to comprehensively prepare graduates for a career in nursing and health. The degree aims to produce graduates with the competence, confidence and flexibility to adapt to changes and contribute to innovation in the nursing profession and the health care system.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

construct nursing practices on a comprehensive knowledge base to inform clinical reasoning and decision making to deliver sound judgements, safe, quality person centred care

use and contribute to research as a basis for ongoing professional inquiry and evidence based nursing practice responsive to holistic patient/consumer need


incorporate creativity, integrity, responsibility and accountability in professional work practices, community activities and ongoing learning

Ethical practice

assimilate professional attributes and adhere to professional ethical and legal standards set by the profession to ensure safe and effective nursing practice

Knowledge of a discipline

integrate and demonstrate professional nursing competencies and a command of the factors that influence health outcomes for person centred care in a range of contexts

Lifelong learning

possess comprehensive clinical abilities to apply reflective and analytical skills in initiating, prioritising, performing, managing and evaluating nursing practices in a range of diverse consumer and health related circumstances and environments

Communication and social skills

demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively with the consumer, the nursing team or as a member of interdisciplinary health care teams and effectively lead the delivery of nursing

Cultural competence

apply and integrate an understanding of social, Indigenous and cultural diversity, a local and international perspective, and respect for the identity and dignity of all persons

Supervised clinical placements (totalling 640 hours) provide students with experiences of nursing  in settings relevant to their areas of study in public and private hospitals and health agencies. This may include acute and low care health facilities; community settings; mental health facilities; extended residential aged care; GP practices; health promotion and education; intensive care; health clinics; accident and emergency; palliative care; primary health care settings and related nursing and health services within metropolitan, regional and rural areas throughout NSW and QLD. Students may be able to undertake national and international clinical placements.  

The 640 hours of professional placement is spread across several units within the course. Included in these units is a specifically designed professional experience placement for the Enrolled Nurse Pathway students to facilitate progression towards thinking and practice in the role of an RN.

The course provides for the opportunity to specialise in specific clinical areas of interest based on availability and supervisory facilities.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are.
The course provides for the opportunity to specialise in specific clinical areas of interest based on availability and supervisory facilities.



The course is responsive to contemporary nursing practices and provides content and clinical experiences as follows:

Professional areas: critical thinking and analysis, provision and coordination of person-centred care, independent and collaborative care, primary health care, mental health, acute and complex care, chronic disease management, palliative care, leadership and care management, aged care.

Biological sciences: anatomy, physiology, patho-physiology and pharmacology.

Social sciences: Australian health care system, Indigenous studies, philosophy, psychology and sociology for health sciences, legal and ethical studies and research methods.

All students are required to attend an intensive block at the Gold Coast campus and possibly at Coffs Harbour. 

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 N/A N/A
Gold Coast Session 1 N/A N/A
Lismore Session 1 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

The degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and provides the necessary qualification for graduates to be eligible to become a Registered Nurse in Australia.


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Nursing a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of fifteen (15) units (180 credit points) comprising all units listed in the Schedule of Units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.


Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.

Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular unit with professional experience learning.

Subsequent to the above, students who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 12 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure professional experience currency prior to continuation of the course.


The maximum duration for completion of the award of Bachelor of Nursing is seven (7) years in total which includes any period for a leave of absence.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Students will receive 108cp of Advanced Standing based on completion of the relevant Diploma in Nursing
Year 1, Session 1
BIO20003 -  Intermediate Anatomy and Physiology Intermediate
NRS20006 -  Foundations to Nursing Intermediate
Year 1, Session 2
MAT71004 -  Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
PHA00315 -  Introductory Pharmacology Introductory Note 7
Year 2, Session 1
NRS20002 -  Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
NRS20005 -  Nursing Practices Intermediate Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
NRS73001 -  Acute Care Nursing Advanced
NRS73007 -  Nursing Management of Acute Health Breakdown Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
NRS30004 -  Care Management and Leadership Advanced
NRS30005 -  Complex Challenges in Nursing Care Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
NRS30001 -  Utilising Research to Promote Quality in Health Care Advanced
NRS73005 -  The Emerging Practitioner Advanced
Year 4, Session 2
NRS73009 -  Transformative Nursing Practices Advanced Note 1

Note 1:

Double-weighted unit

Note 2:

80hrs Mental Health Placement

Note 3:

160hrs Chronic Illness and Primary Care Placement

Note 4:

160hrs Acute Care Placement

Note 5:

80hrs Aged Care and Leadership Placement

Note 6:

160hrs Speciality Placement

Note 7:

Alternatively can be completed in Year 2, Session 1

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
BIO20003 Intermediate Anatomy and Physiology Intermediate
NRS20006 Foundations to Nursing Intermediate Note 2
NRS20005 Nursing Practices Intermediate Note 1, Note 3
PHA00315 Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
NRS20002 Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Intermediate
MAT71004 Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
NRS73005 The Emerging Practitioner Advanced
NRS30001 Utilising Research to Promote Quality in Health Care Advanced
NRS73001 Acute Care Nursing Advanced Note 4
NRS73007 Nursing Management of Acute Health Breakdown Advanced
NRS30004 Care Management and Leadership Advanced Note 5
NRS30005 Complex Challenges in Nursing Care Advanced
NRS73009 Transformative Nursing Practices Advanced Note 1, Note 6