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University of Newcastle Nursing School

Program Overview - Bachelor of Nursing

University and Faculty: University of Newcastle
Faculty of Health
Program: Bachelor of Nursing
University Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 445,000
Student Population: 37,181
Campus Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
or Central Coast Campus, Newcastle
Program Duration: 3 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $32,720 AUD (2019)

The Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Newcastle will educate you in nursing therapeutics, foundations of nursing and human bioscience. This degree offers significant hands-on opportunities to develop your skills to a job-ready level. As a nurse, you can fulfil diverse roles such as direct caregivers, educators, researchers, managers and consultants. Nursing is suited to someone who is flexible, hard working and wants to make a difference in people's lives.

Over the course of the Bachelor of Nursing program, you will complete 800 hours in a range of diverse clinical contexts including, but not limited to, primary health care services, community centres, residential aged-care contexts, mental health services and acute care hospitals throughout the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) sites. Hands-on clinical experience is undertaken initially in the laboratories and simulation units on campus and then in actual health care contexts. Graduates will be well-prepared clinically and academically for rewarding careers in a wide variety of health settings.

You will cover courses including nursing therapeutics, foundations of nursing and human bioscience. There is an option to select a mental health or aged care stream. Nursing therapeutics courses include clinical placements.

Unique Features of the Program

Academic staff and clinical educators from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at The University of Newcastle are committed to being supportive and encouraging mentors, to creating opportunities to engage with students in meaningful dialogue and to assist them to realize their individual potential. The university is committed to enhancing the quality of students' learning experiences through:

  • teaching excellence that ensures well-developed knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning abilities and that prepares students for the dynamic and unpredictable nature of contemporary practice;
  • facilitating the development of an ethical, legal and culturally competent stance as foundational to professional practice;
  • developing clinically relevant curricula, learning resources and assessment activities; and
  • scholarship that bridges the nexus between teaching, learning, research and practice.

Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Practicing in Australia

Graduates can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to become registered nurses in Australia and many overseas countries.

Returning to Canada to Practice

All nursing professions are regulated in Canada. This means that you must be registered with one of the provincial or territorial regulatory bodies to be authorized to practise as a nurse in Canada. The regulatory body for nursing in each province and territory handles the assessment of qualifications for internationally educated nurses and the scheduling of nurses to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.

Graduates from Canada who wish to practice as a registered nurse upon their return to Canada should be aware of the certification process for foreign-trained nurses in their province of residence.

For information about the Canadian certification processes for foreign-trained registered nurses, please visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) website.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

As an applicant to the University of Newcastle's Bachelor of Nursing, you are required to have the following:

  • A high school diploma with a 60% average or higher in their final year of studies
  • Biology and/or chemistry, general English and general maths. A significant component of the program is conducted online via the internet; therefore you need to have computer skills, including word processing, email and web searching. If you do not have these skills you are advised to undertake a preparatory course.


Total Number of Places in the Program: variable

Application Deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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