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Full Time: 3 years



The Bachelor of Nursing focuses on professional nursing practice and theory, and is underpinned by a philosophy of person-centred and holistic care, making our graduates highly sought after.

We develop professionals who have valuable skills and knowledge, and are known for their culturally sensitive client care, safe and ethical clinical reasoning, and advanced communication skills.

You are prepared for practice through a combination of on-campus theory and the latest simulation activities that are delivered in our state-of-the-art simulation apartments and clinical wards. With a focus on inter-professional learning, you will develop valuable skills to operate as part of the healthcare team.

Your supported clinical practice will take place in a variety of healthcare settings throughout Victoria. You are exposed to clinical practice early in the course, and the range of clinical placements include aged care, acute and sub-acute, community, mental health, paediatric and high dependency nursing.

All academic staff in the Bachelor of Nursing have relevant industry/professional experience and higher education teaching experience.

At the health precinct at our Moorabbin campus, we have invested over $5 million to create the highest standard of health training equipment and facilities in Victoria. With dedicated nursing wards and a state of the art simulation centre, Holmesglen students spend a lot of time simulating real nursing practices in a safe learning environment.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing at Holmesglen, you may apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

For details on the profile of students undertaking this course and ATAR-based offers, download the Bachelor of Nursing student profile. (Word-36kb).

Course structure

Major studies
Acute care nursing, aged care, communication, community nursing, comprehensive acute and chronic nursing care, ethics and law, health and wellbeing , human biology, indigenous health, mental health nursing, paediatric nursing, palliative care, pharmacology, rehabilitation therapies, research and evidence-based practice, society and culture.

Clinical placement
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing undertake 825 hours of supervised clinical practice across the three years of the program. Students encounter a variety of clinical settings including aged care, rehabilitation, community settings, mental health, paediatric, high dependency and acute medical surgical wards in both metropolitan and regional hospitals and health care services.

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Nursing, you must successfully complete 144 credit points comprising 24 core subjects. Subjects are organised into three themes of study - Nursing Theory and Concepts, Integrated Clinical Practice and Professional Perspectives. Students also study an integrated Bioscience subject in the first year of the program.


Multiple methods of assessment will be used in the Bachelor of Nursing and will be both formative and summative.

Student progress through the course is assessed by a variety of methods. The individual subject statements provide specific details of the assessment items the student is required to complete. These items involve the use of a variety of types of assessment appropriate to an undergraduate degree including examinations and tests, presentations, essays, assignments, group projects and investigative activities. The range of assessment methods assists in meeting the varied learning styles of students.

Written examinations
Formal written examinations will use a combination of multiple-choice, short-answer and long-answer / clinical scenario-based questions. In many subjects the emphasis will be on using ‘key feature’ examinations which present students with a clinical case scenario and a series of related questions. The questions are designed to test the critical steps or ‘key features’ in the management of the clinical case. This form of examination will test content knowledge, problem-solving and decision-making abilities in a context that is very relevant to the actual clinical situation.

Assessment of clinical competence
While written examinations test the cognitive ability of students, it is equally important to examine how students of nursing take client histories, perform physical examinations, communicate, and master the technical skills required of them. Their problem-solving, decision-making and client management abilities must also be examined, as must their professionalism. The measurement of the development of these skills and traits is by way of objective structured clinical examinations and through the clinical passport which comprises: competency-based assessment; mini health assessments; a clinical log and professional portfolio.





The individual and community


Bioscience foundations 1


Integrated clinical practice 1


Professional studies 1 - The health context and nursing profession


Nursing 2 - Foundations of care


Bioscience foundations 2


Integrated clinical practice 2


Professional studies 2 - Law & Ethics


Nursing 3 - Clinical care A


Clinical specialty 1 - Care of the older person


Integrated clinical practice 3


Professional studies 3 - Research in nursing


Nursing 4 - Clinical care B


Clinical specialty 2 - Mental health


Integrated clinical practice 4


Professional studies 4 - Evidence based practice


Clinical Specialty 3-Rehabilitiation and Community Care


Clinical Speciality 4- Family Centred Care


Integrated Clinical Practice 5


Professional Studies 5 - Indigenous Culture & Health


Clinical Speciality 5- High Dependency & Emergency


Nursing 5 - Models of Care: Chronicity & Disability


Integrated Clinical Practice 6


Professional Studies 6 - Readiness for Practice

For details of credit points, learning outcomes, weekly contact hours, assessments, pre-requisites, co-requisites, download the Bachelor of Nursing subject summary  (Word - 55kb).

Entry requirements

Admission requirements for all VTAC applicants
All applicants are required to complete the VTAC Bachelor of Nursing Supplementary form.
All applicants are also required to submit a VTAC Personal Statement, available in the ‘personal statement’ tab in your VTAC application.

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past two years)
Selection requirements:
This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations. A minimum ATAR (eligibility score) of 50 is required to be considered for an offer in the course.
- Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in one of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics
- Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any English

Applicants with Higher Education Study and/or Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
The following entry requirements apply:
- Your entire academic record will be considered.
- You may be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning in accordance with your previous qualification/s.
- You must complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test online. Applicants must contact 9209 5876 to arrange to sit the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience
- Your entire academic record will be considered.
- Direct entry into the course is possible for mature age applicants who have met the above criteria and DO NOT have a VTAC application in place for any Victorian tertiary course. These applicants are invited to apply directly to the institute for commencement into 1st year.

All Applicants - the following all apply:
All applicants must complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test online. Contact 9209 5876 to arrange to sit the BKSB test.

You must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (if secondary education has not been completed in English.) All applicants must complete a supplementary form to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Prior to undertaking clinical placement, students must be prepared to declare their health and immunisation status, complete a National Police Records Check annually and hold a valid Working with Children Check. Holmesglen will register all students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA).

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)
Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to submit a SEAS application.

Transition program
To ensure a smooth transition from previous studies, students enrolling in the degree via alternative entry or advanced standing will be required to attend an on-campus transition course prior to commencement in the degree.

Following completion, applicants will commence the degree in the second year of the program.

Direct Applicants
Applicants who do not wish to apply through VTAC may apply directly to Holmesglen. Phone 03 9209 5606 for details of how to apply directly.


You may be able to shorten the length of your studies by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, or work and life experience. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.



Graduates of this course are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Nursing and to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a registered nurse.

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC).


Bachelor of Nursing graduates can apply for entry to relevant Masters or other post-graduate qualifications. Registered Nurses have the potential to enter specialty practice after undertaking further post-graduate education.


Registered nurse

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For the February intake, applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) must apply through VTAC.

You are required to submit a VTAC Personal Statement and complete the VTAC Bachelor of Nursing Supplementary form.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.




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The above fees are per annum. These are indicative fees only.
Individual subject tuition fees are available for higher education courses.

Find out what financial assistance is available for higher education students.


Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled. Overseas students refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.

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Nursing Open Days

With dedicated nursing wards and a simulation centre, you will spend a lot of your time simulating real nursing practices in a safe learning environment. Join us for a presentation highlighting course information and career opportunities followed by a tour of the simulated nursing facilities.

- , Thu, 09 May - bookings essential.

Holmesglen's health precinct at our Moorabbin campus has invested over $5 million to create the highest standard of health training equipment and facilities in Victoria. With dedicated nursing wards and a simulation centre, you will spend a lot of your time simulating real nursing practices in a safe learning environment. Join us for a presentation highlighting course information and career opportunities followed by a tour of the simulated nursing facilities.

- , Thu, 09 May - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, 488 South Road Moorabbin 3189 Australia

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