Nurses play a crucial role in promoting better health

Nurses help others to achieve better health outcomes. They are involved in a range of health care activities designed to provide care to people with acute, chronic and complex health conditions.

Be equipped with practical, diverse skills, ready for a rewarding career. Enter an industry crucial for supporting individuals, families, and communities, with a world of opportunities awaiting you.

Find the right course for you

I have/will finish year 12

Once you have completed the HSC and received your ATAR/IB, you have a number of study options to kickstart your nursing career at UOW.

Bachelor of Nursing

3 years

The Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for a career as a registered nurse.

Upon completion of the degree, you may be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Bachelor of Nursing

Diploma of Nursing

18 months

UOW College provides pathway options for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the UOW course that they are interested in studying.

The UOW College Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) provides students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become an Enrolled Nurse.

Package offers are available for the UOW College Diploma of Nursing with seamless progression into the UOW Bachelor of Nursing with 48 credit points (entry to second year) following successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing and registration as an Enrolled Nurse with AHPRA.

Diploma of Nursing

 

I am a non-school leaver

If you are a non-school leaver, a mature-age student, studying at TAFE or finishing your gap year, you have a number of options to kickstart your nursing career at UOW. 

Bachelor of Nursing

3 years

The Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for a career as a registered nurse. Upon completion of the degree, you may be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Bachelor of Nursing

Diploma of Nursing

18 months

UOW College provides pathway options for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the UOW course that they are interested in studying.

The UOW College Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) provides students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become an Enrolled Nurse. Package offers are available for the UOW College Diploma of Nursing with seamless progression into the UOW Bachelor of Nursing with 48 credit points (entry to second year) following successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing and registration as an Enrolled Nurse with AHPRA.

Diploma of Nursing

I am an International Student

If you are an International student, you have a number of options to study Nursing at UOW. 

Bachelor of Nursing

3 years

The Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for a career as a registered nurse.

Upon completion of the degree, you may be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registration with NMBA will require you to be a native English speaker, or achieve an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 7.0 in all four test categories: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

Bachelor of Nursing

Diploma of Nursing

18 months 

UOW College provides pathway options for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the UOW course that they are interested in studying.

The UOW College Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) provides students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become an Enrolled Nurse.

Package offers are available for the UOW College Diploma of Nursing with seamless progression into the UOW Bachelor of Nursing with 48 credit points (entry to second year) following successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing and registration as an Enrolled Nurse with AHPRA.

Diploma of Nursing

Prior qualification

If you hold a prior qualification, the following study options are available to you. 

Learn more about upgrading your qualifications to become a registered nurse.  

 

Bachelor of Nursing (conversion)

1 year

This one-year degree provides Australian registered nurses and International students with the opportunity to upgrade their qualifications to a Bachelor's degree level.

Please note that this degree does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration as a nurse in Australia.

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Bachelor of Nursing

3 years

Applicants with any other nursing related qualification should apply for the Bachelor of Nursing and seek credit approval which means you could graduate in 2 years.

The Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for a career as a registered nurse. Upon completion of the degree, you may be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

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I have finished year 10

If you have not completed your HSC, UOW College offers a Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33021) or Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015). This provides a pathway to further nursing studies.

Certificate III in Individual Support

5 months

UOW College provides pathway options for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the UOW course that they are interested in studying.

The CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support is a 5-month course which reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential settings who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. This course is designed for domestic students studying in Australia.

On successful completion of the Certificate III in Individual Support or Certificate IV in Ageing Support and subject to meeting entry requirements, you may progress to the UOW College HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing. The Diploma of Nursing provides a pathway to the UOW Bachelor of Nursing.

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Certificate IV in Ageing Support

5 months

UOW College provides pathway options for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the UOW course that they are interested in studying.

On successful completion of the Certificate III in Individual Support or Certificate IV in Ageing Support and subject to meeting entry requirements, you may progress to the UOW College HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing. The Diploma of Nursing provides a pathway to the UOW Bachelor of Nursing.

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Enrolled nursing pathway

Become a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing. Upgrade your qualifications and get the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high-quality patient care, as well as opportunities for clinical placements to gain hands-on experience.

Upgrade your qualifications

Campus locations

UOW's Wollongong campus is set in native Australian bush and is one of the most picturesque university campuses in Australia.

All Nursing programs are offered at our Wollongong Campus.

Located in the Sutherland Shire, the UOW Sutherland campus is a short walk from Loftus train station, and offers degrees focused on health, nursing, and social change. Students benefit from local work placements, training alongside industry experts, and the career-focused thinking that sets UOW graduates apart.

Explore our Nursing degree programs at our Sutherland Campus

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Entry way at the UOW Sutherland Campus

The UOW Liverpool campus provides a culturally vibrant and welcoming place to study, right in the heart of Liverpool. With a range of degrees spanning health and nursing, social change and justice, and socially innovative IT and business, Liverpool campus is the destination for students keen to become highly employable graduates ready to take on the important issues facing our communities.

Explore our Nursing degree programs at our Liverpool Campus

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The UOW Eurobodalla campus in Bateman's Bay, is located at Hanging Rock Reserve at Corrigans Beach, which also houses a variety of sporting facilities including tennis courts, playing fields and basketball courts. Technology and facilities are provided to enrich your learning experience, including access to print and electronic resources via the library, computer labs, internet access, common rooms, lockers, study spaces and audio-visual facilities.

Explore our Nursing degree programs at our Eurobodalla Campus

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UOW Bega Valley campus has developed a reputation as a cooperative learning environment with a high standard of academic excellence, producing more than 500 graduates. Combining an intimate student-centred atmosphere with leading-edge technology, UOW Bega Valley is a founding member of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub, working with local government and regional businesses to creative new jobs for people in the region.

Explore our Nursing degree programs at our Bega Valley Campus

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Bega Campus

Located a short drive from the Nowra CBD, the UOW Shoalhaven campus provides a supportive learning environment, where you’ll enjoy a close-knit academic community, small class sizes and personal attention from staff. As well as access to the full range of student services offered by UOW, our Shoalhaven campus includes a dedicated Nursing building, Graduate Medicine building and library.

Explore our Nursing degree programs at our Shoalhaven Campus

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Go beyond the textbook:

  • Practical placements are built into our industry accredited degrees. The Bachelor of Nursing degree contains 840 hours of work-based placements. Every clinical placement will develop the practical skills that you need to become a sought after graduate. 
  • Diverse graduates: There are a variety of placements available from private and public hospitals to community and aged care facilities in urban or regional areas.
  • Clinical learning labs: Our clinical learning laboratories use leading technology to give you the closest experience to seeing real patients.

UOW Nursing students practice patient care in practical labs

Earn a recognised qualification:

Our health degrees are recognised by professional associations in Australia and overseas. Depending on your chosen course, health graduates qualify to apply for membership of relevant professional societies such as:

See individual course descriptions for more detail.

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Discover your passion, then develop the specialist skills that employers want:

  • Diverse graduates: At UOW, the skills you will learn are highly-transferable across a range of careers. We focus on producing graduates who can work in a diversity of health care settings including rural and regional Australian, as well as internationally.
  • Specialist skills: Further your career with a specialist postgraduate qualification, or contribute to the advancement of health knowledge through a research degree. Our postgraduate curriculum reflects the latest approach to health and medical education, and incorporates existing and emerging information technologies.

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A degree from UOW opens doors:

  • Industry collaboration: UOW has a strong research reputation in collaboration with industry, and partnerships with major health providers such as Workcover and Health NSW. 
  • Access to experts: You'll learn first-hand from professional nurses, doctors, dietitians, exercise physiologists, medical scientists, health administrators and researchers, and study in the home of ground-breaking health and medicine research.
  • Be rewarded: Earn an industry sponsored scholarship.
  • Give back: From your first year, you will have opportunities to participate in a wide range of volunteer and enrichment activities in the community. These will assist you in developing real-world skills and ready for a career in health and medicine.
  • Get noticed: Gain valuable real-world experience, and make professional connections that will help launch your career, with a professional health placement.

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Meet Scarlett

It’s been amazing to be able to use the skills I’ve learned at uni during placements. You get to refine your knowledge and connect with actual patients. Scarlett Bachelor of Nursing

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UOW ranked among the top 100 universities in the world for Nursing

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Become one of the world's most employable graduates

Health care has been the biggest provider of new jobs in Australia and is projected to contribute 14.9% of employment growth from 2018 to 2023. UOW produces graduates who are committed to improving the health of individuals, communities and populations. 

Here is just a sample of the careers you can pursue:

  • Clinical nurse consultant
  • Emergency nurse
  • Health promotion officer
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse manager
  • Registered nurse
  • Scientific researcher
  • Specialist nurse

Read more: What can I do with my degree? 

Follow a passion and advance your career

UOW Nursing Lecturer Chris Patterson and PhD Candidate Taylor Yousiph talk about the benefits of undertaking the UOW Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree. Hear how the completion of this one year full-time (two years part-time) Honours program can help you drive evidence-based change and provide career advancement opportunities.

Learn more about UOW Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Chris Patterson: I think the Honours program is really worth considering. It really can set people up for their future career in nursing. It's a year full-time, two-years part time, and I think it's really worth thinking about if you have a particular area of interest you want to research.

Taylor Yousiph: I used to read papers and articles and not really understand them very well; during the Honours year though, and doing the systematic review just had a great opportunity to be able to learn how to synthesise that evidence, to read it, to understand it, and be able to even integrate that into practice.

Chris Patterson: After a number of years as a clinical practice nurse, a lot of nurses do look for those higher management or clinical consultant or education positions, and an Honours degree really is a solid foundation that boosts you into those positions and helps you drive change in an evidence-based way for the future.

Taylor Yousiph: The research skills that you develop in an Honours degree are skills that will set you up for a really privileged nursing career in the future. It's just such an amazing experience, so I would encourage anybody to do it. It's what I would end with.

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