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Bachelor of Nursing

Approved Abbreviation: BN

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4691.5

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041099M

Students in 4691 Bachelor of Nursing should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2022 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2020, please refer to: 4691.4 Bachelor of Nursing

For Commencement Year 2019, please refer to: 4691.3 Bachelor of Nursing

For Commencement Year 2018, please refer to: 4691.2 Bachelor of Nursing

For Commencement Year 2013, please refer to: 4691.1 Bachelor of Nursing

This course prepares graduates for eligibility to apply for registration throughout Australia as a registered nurse. The focus of the course is on inquiry-based learning, critical thinking and reflective practice in relation to the theory and practice of nursing in health and health breakdown across the lifespan. Using a primary health care framework, students study the application of physical and behavioural sciences to nursing; inquiry and evidence-based practice principles and utilisation within nursing; nursing care of individuals, families and groups from diverse backgrounds across the lifespan. The acquisition of nursing knowledge and skills occurs initially in campus-based simulated clinical practice settings and consolidation occurs as students undertake clinical placements in a variety of health care settings. Prospective students should be aware that full disclosure of any issues of impairment or misconduct is a declaration requirement when applying for registration as a registered nurse.

An English language skills registration standard is also applicable to all students applying for registration;

Our Bachelor of Nursing program’s guiding principle is safety of the public and to prepare graduates for safe and ethical nursing practice. Our program reflects contemporary practices in nursing, health and education, and responds to emerging trends based on research, technology and other forms of evidence which includes principles of intraprofessional and interprofessional learning and practice, principles of diversity, culture, inclusion and cultural safety for all people and student knowledge and skills in pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines.


The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has a register of students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing for the duration of their study. Western Sydney University as the education provider will provide your details directly to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for registration.

Registration as a nurse

On successful completion of an accredited course, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) General with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Prospective students should be aware that full disclosure of any issues of impairment or misconduct is a declaration requirement when applying for registration as a registered nurse. To be accepted for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, you are required to disclose: any criminal history, physical and/or psychological impairments and meet specific English language standards. For further clarification of these requirements contact the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia;

Professional Standards and Conduct

Please ensure that you are familiar with the policies available on the Western Sydney University website. In addition, nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA's professional standards in order to practice in Australia.

Registration standards define the requirements that applicants, registrants or students need to meet to be registered.

To ensure patient safety, nurses and midwives are deemed mandatory reporters and under National Law are subject to making notification about notifiable conduct.

It is important to be aware that complaints or concerns can be raised about the health, conduct or performance of a registered health practitioner or student at any time. Please contact the Course Advisor listed below for information.

Study Mode
Three years full-time on-campus.

The Bachelor of Nursing has accreditation and approval from the Nurses and Midwives Board Australia. From 1 July 2010 the approval, recognition and accreditation of courses has been transferred to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Course accreditation can be checked on their website The WSU Online Bachelor of Nursing offering has accreditation and approval by the Australian Nurses and Midwives Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Please note: from 1 July 2020 International applicants are to provide evidence of meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, English language skills registration standard prior to enrolling in the program For further details, refer to the NMBA website:

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that must be met in order to complete the course and graduate.

Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing is based upon a completed Australian Year 12 qualification or equivalent.

All applicants will be required to meet English Language Proficiency requirements. Local applicants applying directly to the University can find further information on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

All applicants for the Bachelor of Nursing are required to provide evidence of demonstrating English language competency in one of the following ways

  • English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. Recognised country means one of the following countries: Australia; Canada; New Zealand; Republic of Ireland; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States of America, or
  • You currently hold registration as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2), orRegistered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), or
  • If you do not satisfy either of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test (see below)

English Proficiency Assessment

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study.

1. IELTS (academic module). We only accept test results from one test sitting, or a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if

  • you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any component of the test is below 6.5

2. OET. We will only accept test results from one test sitting, or a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if

  • you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 8 in each component across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any component of the test is below C

3. PTE Academic. We will only accept test results from one test sitting, or a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if

  • a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58

4. TOEFL iBt. We will only accept test results from one test sitting, or a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if

  • a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any of the sections is below 20 for listening, 19 for reading, 24 for writing and 20 for speaking

NOTE: Students who were not born in any of the above recognised countries need to be aware of the English language requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia that need to be demonstrated prior to registration. Please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for information on this requirement;

Special Requirements

To enrol in the Bachelor of Nursing, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements. To attend a health-related placement in this course, Special Legislative Requirements will be assessed from enrolment.

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit

International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire course.

3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at

4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course.

5. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form

6. Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool)

7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested.

Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website

Special Requirements Prerequisites
In clinical placement units, students must wear the Western Sydney University nursing and midwifery uniform. This uniform will be purchased at the student’s expense.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience. Students will be required to meet the requirements of health services where practical experiences occur.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed below for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

This course is only for on campus students. WSU Online students should refer to 4780 Bachelor of Nursing - WSU Online.

Bachelor of Nursing - WSU Online

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

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Year 1

Autumn session

401448Becoming a Professional Nurse
401001Primary Health Care in Action
401469Bioscience 1
401000Professional Practice Experience 1

Spring session

401007Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice
401453Person-centred Care Across the Lifespan
401470Bioscience 2
401004Professional Practice Experience 2

Year 2

Autumn session

401449Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing and Midwifery
401450Pharmacology in Nursing
401455Health Variations 1 - Introduction to Alterations in Health
401008Professional Practice Experience 3

Spring session

401451Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing
401444Health Variations 2 - Chronic Conditions and Disability
401210Health Variations 3 - Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Conditions
401012Professional Practice Experience 4

Year 3

Autumn session

401454Indigenous Australian Health, Wellness and Culture
401211Health Variations 4 - Acute Life Threatening Conditions
401212Health Variations 5 - Palliative and End of Life Care
401016Professional Practice Experience 5

Spring session

401021Being a Professional Nurse or Midwife
401452Professional Experience Placement

And choose one of the following strength units

401017Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing 2
401240Risk Mitigation and Ethics for Australian Health Professionals
401237Maternal and Infant Health Care
400958A Field Study: Comparative Studies of Health Care Delivery
401196Contemporary Issues in Child and Adolescent Health
400621Bugs and Drugs
401213Clinical Leadership and Professional Relationships

Professional Practice Experience

The Professional Practice Experience is the foundation for student learning in the course. It consists of two major learning contexts for students: professional practice and simulation. Professional practice in the health care sector may take place in any level of the health service appropriate to the focus for the specific Professional Practice Experience unit, for example aged care facilities, hospitals, General Practitioner practices, community health teams. This environment is essential for providing students complexity of the nursing experience, the ability to apply learning in situations involving ill persons and socialises students into the work domain.

Simulation is a teaching and learning strategy where aspects of the professional practice environment, such as a hospital ward or patient, are artificially created on campus to enable students to learn in a safe, non-threatening environment. Clinical Practice Units, simulated professional practice environments, will be used to allow students to undertake learning activities related to all core nursing skills such as administering medications and monitoring a patient’s condition. The School has a wide range of simulation equipment and dedicated high fidelity simulation rooms on each campus.

The percentage of time spent by students in each context will vary depending on the stage of the student in the course, the theoretical knowledge already acquired and the stage of competency development. For example, at the beginning of the course more hours will be spent in the simulation context than in the health care sector. As the course progresses there is a scaling up of hours spent in the health care sector with fewer hours being spent in the simulation context. In the final session of third year a significant proportion of knowledge and skills consolidation will occur primarily in a clinical practice environment.

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