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Bachelor of Nursing

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

Southern Cross University’s nursing degree provides a combination of coursework and clinical experiences to prepare graduates for a career in the health sector. The degree provides the necessary qualification for graduates to be eligible to become a Registered Nurse in Australia.

Career opportunities

Graduates are suited to careers in a range of clinical areas in the public and private health sectors including in surgical theatres, paediatrics, community health and education, renal dialysis, as practice nurse in GP clinics, child care, aged care, Indigenous health, remote area health, and in mental health.

Professional recognition

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.

Professional placement

Nursing students undertake clinical placements throughout the course in settings relevant to their areas of study, including in government and private hospitals and health agencies throughout New South Wales and south eastern Queensland.

Major areas of study

Clinical experience gained through professional placements provides students with hands-on practical experience in a variety of areas including in:

  • Community health
  • Surgical and medical wards
  • Aged care
  • Mental health
  • Indigenous health
  • Child health

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods is used in this course including multiple choice examinations, short answer examinations, essay examinations, case studies, tutorial and workshop presentations, debates, written assignments and clinical skills testing. For each unit there are usually two to three assessment items.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Some units in this course are also available by distance education. Our distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Nursing students access the clinical nursing simulation wards which are fitted with state-of-the art hospital and electronic teaching equipment. Each campus has access to SimMan — an interactive hi-fidelity model which can be programmed to simulate real life conditions and patient scenarios. There are specialised wet and dry anatomy labs. The anatomy and physiology lab has a range of medical and diagnostic equipment including life-sized anatomical models, microscopes, histological slides and dissection equipment, plus interactive computer software. Staff teaching in these labs are practising clinicians.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Admission requirements

  1. Applicants for admission to candidature shall normally have satisfied the requirements prescribed in Rule 2 Section 2 of the Rules Relating to Awards as deemed eligible for admission by the School Board and have obtained a level of achievement acceptable to the School Board; and
  2. have an assessable level of English Language ability to the standard for Registration as a Nurse as set out by the relevant Australian Nursing Regulation Authority, from time to time:
    1. International applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency of English deemed acceptable to the School Board, as set out by the relevant Nursing Regulatory Authority; and
    2. have achieved a minimum score of 7.0 in an International English Language Test System (IELTS) on each of the individual bands of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Nursing, a candidate shall:

  1. successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising all units listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
  2. have satisfactorily met the requirements for all professional experience placement.

Student Progression

  1. Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) of the Formation Based Learning Units (Clinical or Professional Experience).
  2. Notwithstanding Student Progression Requirement (a), candidates who have an Interrupted Study Sequence of more than 18 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure clinical currency prior to continuation with the course.
  3. A candidate who has twice not satisfactorily met the requirements in a Formation Based Clinical unit or Professional Experience Placement will either be:
    1. excluded from the award; or
    2. subject to adequately demonstrated grounds of appeal (consistent with University Policy), permitted to re-enrol in a Formation Based Clinical Unit following approval by the Head of School.
  4. A candidate who has failed the equivalent of thirty six (36) credit points within one academic year (three (3) study sessions) will either be:
    1. excluded from the award; or
    2. subject to adequately demonstrated grounds of appeal (consistent with University Rule 2, Section 10), permitted to enrol following approval by the Head of School.


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


Advanced standing

  1. Candidates may be considered for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Nursing provided;
    1. that such recognised prior learning complies with guidelines as set out by the relevant Australian Nursing Regulatory Authority relating to Credit for Prior Study in Courses Leading to Registration as a Nurse, (as those guidelines may exist from time to time); and
    2. the academic content of that prior learning is deemed by the School Board to be of an acceptable equivalence to units in the SCU Bachelor of Nursing course.
  2. In exceptional circumstances a candidate may be granted advanced standing greater than 50% plus two (2) by the School Board, which shall notify the Academic Board and the relevant Australian Nursing Authority in all instances.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'