Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs)

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These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of Nursing program prepares graduates for employment as registered nurses, eligible for registration through AHPRA to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Graduates acquire contemporary nursing skills and knowledge to enable beginning level practice in a wide variety of health care settings. The program blends extensive and varied clinical placement opportunities with a high degree of academic rigour. Clinical placements facilitating this experience may be scheduled outside of usual University teaching semesters.

The program is designed to provide professional knowledge, skills and attitudes that underpin the role of the Registered Nurse and develop competencies for practice as determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing program will need to satisfy the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s English Language Skills Registration Standards to apply for registration with AHPRA.

The Bachelor of Nursing is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviours.
2. Assess individual and/or population health status, and where necessary, formulate, implement, and monitor management plans in consultation with patients/carers/communities and other health professionals.
3. Promote, optimise and advocate for the health and welfare of individuals and/or populations.
4. Retrieve, critically evaluate, and apply evidence in the performance of health-related activities.
5. Deliver safe and effective collaborative healthcare.
6. Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, and plan ongoing personal and professional development.

Clinical Deed Poll: The University of Adelaide and the Minister for Health have a clinical placement agreement in place that allows the University to request clinical placements in SA Health facilities. As part of this agreement students are required to complete a deed poll. A deed poll is an agreement between the student and SA Health to ensure patient information is treated with confidentiality and that the student has met the required clearances. By signing a deed poll students understand their obligations and agree to comply with the relevant state legislation.

Conditions of Admission

Criminal History Clearance: Students who undertake clinical placements, internships or research projects involving children or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable are required to demonstrate clearance by producing a criminal history check, obtained through a Department of Human Services (DHS) check. International students may be required to obtain a certificate from their home country.

Immunisation: Prior to any clinical placement, students will need to provide evidence of immunisation status. Students are required to have the appropriate level of immunisation required by the Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia Policy Directive for tuberculosis (TB) screening and clearance and criminal history clearances (CHC), Prescribed Communicable Infections (PCI) screening, including recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.

Student and Professional Registration: Students are required to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The University registers students accepted into the program.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Absence without approval will result in the loss of place in the program. An application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedure in place at the time.

Uniform: During clinical placements and in simulation sessions students are required to comply with professional dress standards.

Inherent requirements: Students are required to acknowledge their understanding of the University of Adelaide nursing programs inherent requirements

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Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Nursing

There shall be a Bachelor of Nursing.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units:

  1. Core courses to the value of 72 units.
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 72 units.

Level I

Courses to the value of 24 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
NURSING 1004 Communication and Professional Nursing 3
NURSING 1005 Biology for Nursing Practice 3
NURSING 1006 Microbiology and Infection Control 3
NURSING 1007 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing I 3
NURSING 1008 Professional & Ethical Nursing Practice Considerations 3
NURSING 1009 Pharmacology for Nursing I 3
NURSING 1011 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing II 3
NURSING 1012 Aboriginal Healthcare 3

Level II

Courses to the value of 24 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
NURSING 2004 Nursing Older People 3
NURSING 2005 Biology of Human Disease I 3
NURSING 2006 Chronic Disease and Disability 3
NURSING 2007 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing III 3
NURSING 2008 Biology of Human Disease II 3
NURSING 2009 Community and Primary Health Care 3
NURSING 2010 Pharmacology in Nursing II 3
NURSING 2011 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing IV 3

Level III

Courses to the value of 24 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
NURSING 3004 Mental Health Nursing 3
NURSING 3005 Nursing in Complex Settings (Perioperative) 3
NURSING 3006 Nursing in Complex Settings (Maternity and Paediatrics) 3
NURSING 3007 Nursing in an International Context 3
NURSING 3009 Leadership and Transition to Practice 3
NURSING 3010 Nursing in Complex Settings (Critical Care) 3
NURSING 3011 Cancer Care and Palliative Care Nursing 3
NURSING 3014 Safety & Quality Care in an Evidence Based Framework 3