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  • Complete your degree in 2 years instead of 3 if you have a previous degree.
  • QUT was the first provider of tertiary nurse education in Queensland and has over 35 years of experience and industry consultation.
  • Complete more than 800 hours of clinical placement.
  • Prepare yourself for a career in public and private hospitals, nursing homes, community health, hospital in the home, school health, pathology laboratories, alcohol and drug services and the Australian Defence Force.
2017 February, July
QTAC course code425252
QUT course code NS42
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 2 years full-time

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
CRICOS code 003501K
  • Nurse

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Subject to university approval, a redesigned nursing program will be offered from February 2017. These changes are in direct response to emerging developments in healthcare and nursing practice that have been identified through consultation with industry partners, discipline experts, and research literature

Why choose this course?

The Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) provides a pathway for applicants with any bachelor degree to enter the profession.

With more than 35 years of experience, QUT’s School of Nursing is one of the most established centres in Australia. Our nursing graduates are capable of delivering safe and competent practice across health care. They demonstrate nursing care that is patient-centred, evidence based, and respectful. Nursing is one of the most diverse health professions and provides employment opportunities in Australia and overseas. Employment can be in general and specialist areas such as acute care or paediatrics to mental health or intensive care, and in health services beyond the traditional hospital ward.  

QUT’s nursing program prepares graduates who will excel in a profession where the scope of practice is expanding and there are greater responsibilities for delivery of more complex interventions in a range of healthcare settings and across diverse populations. Our course recognises the increased demand for graduates who understand the importance of person-centred care and have the capacity to engage people as informed partners in their health care.  

Foundation studies build your knowledge in key areas of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, and will introduce you to professional nursing practice and contemporary healthcare service. You will also develop an understanding of pharmacology with an emphasis on quality use of medicines. These studies are complemented with opportunities to apply nursing theory to clinical practice in our on campus facilities and in clinical placements off campus.

Real-world learning

Our campuses offer operational hospital rooms where you will practise with real equipment and the latest technology in a simulated environment. Your experience in real industry settings begins with an observation activity during first semester of first year and continues with clinical placement experience every semester thereafter. Our strong collaborations with industry mean you may have access to placements in areas of nursing practice that are of specific interest – in operating theatres or emergency nursing, for example.

You will complete more than 800 hours of placement, with extensive support that includes continual feedback on your performance from clinical facilitators, and mentoring relationships with registered nurse mentors. You will also have the opportunity to apply to travel overseas and provide health services to communities in developed and developing countries.

Career outcomes

QUT nursing graduates are employed in diverse settings including hospitals and nursing homes, as well as service areas such as community health, hospital in the home, school health, pathology laboratories, alcohol and drug services, and the Australian Defence Force.

Many nurses complete further study and become specialists in acute care nursing, cancer nursing, emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, or paediatric, child and youth health nursing, plus many others.

Professional recognition

We are currently seeking approval for accreditation of the redesigned course by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. Subject to this approval, students and graduates may apply for membership of the Australian College of Nursing.

Student registration

QUT automatically registers students enrolled in this course with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. Details about student registration are available from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency at

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them.

This course has a number of compulsory clinical practice units. One of these units will require students to undertake a four week clinical placement experience scheduled during the November - February summer break prior to the commencement of the final year of studies.

Blue card: you will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course. 

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.


Entry requirements

Guide to entry cut-offs

Rank 93


A completed recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent) not in nursing completed within the past ten years.

If you have completed your degree more than ten years ago you must provide evidence with your QTAC application of further studies at Graduate Certificate level (equivalent, or higher undertaken in the last ten years).

Automatic advanced standing (credit)

If admitted to the graduate entry program you will automatically receive one year of advanced standing which will entitle you to complete the degree in two years (full-time).

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

2017: CSP $7100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

More information on the SSAF

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Entry

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (425252) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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