Bachelor of Nursing

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,684.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual CSP fee

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Entry requirements


OP 2019


Rank 2019 (more)

OR VET qualification


Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2


  • English (4SA)

Assumed knowledge


Why choose this program?

Nursing is the science of professional caring and offers opportunities to promote and restore health, prevent illness and alleviate suffering. In this degree, you will develop key skills for excellent nursing care.

You will develop your skills through clinical placements across the health sector and you will have opportunities to undertake rural, remote and overseas placements.

The Bachelor of Nursing includes multiple pathways. The degree requirements of each of the pathways are different and you will need to follow the requirements for your pathway to ensure your eligibility to graduate.

The Trimester 2 intake is only available to students with one of the following qualifications:

  • Diploma of Health Care (from Griffith College)
  • Internationally Qualified Nurses

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Nursing is offered full-time or part-time on-campus at the Gold Coast campus.

It is a program requirement that all Bachelor of Nursing students only enrol in courses offered at their designated home campus. Each trimester course enrolment lists are reviewed by the School and students who are enrolled in course offerings not from their program campus enrolment will be directed to withdraw from courses to meet this program enrolment requirement.

As a full-time student, you will generally attend 15-20 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week.

Compulsory clinical courses begin in Year 1/Trimester 2. A clinical calendar is also available on the School of Nursing and Midwifery website. It is expected that if you enrol in these courses you will be available to attend. Part-time students must be available full-time for all professional placements.

The study of clinical nursing requires that students spend considerable time undertaking hands-on experience in on-campus clinical laboratories and within hospitals and other off-campus clinical settings. To ensure students are provided with the opportunity to gain sufficient clinical experience, all NRS-coded courses that include off campus clinical practicum from Year 1/Trimester 2 of this program will extend beyond the standard 13-week teaching trimester. This may include undertaking clinical placement during the mid-trimester and between-trimester vacation periods (i.e. the break during trimesters and between Trimester 1 and Trimester 2).

Consequently, although there will be no reduction in actual vacation length, the dates of the mid-trimester and between-trimester vacation periods may vary for some students from the dates advertised in the standard academic calendar. Students are advised that the timetables for these courses will not exceed 18 teaching weeks per trimester (i.e. the academic year will not exceed 36 teaching weeks in duration). Exact dates over which these extended courses will run will be published on a trimester-by-trimester basis within the University timetable.

Students may take a reduced study load.

If you wish to study part-time throughout the program, a program structure showing a sequence of courses is provided so you can undertake 8-12 hours of scheduled classes per week. However, attendance at daytime classes may be required.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

In this program you will spend time in the work/professional environment undertaking placements at various locations. Placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Gold Coast area including northern New South Wales and (by negotiation) interstate or overseas. Interstate/overseas placements are only permitted in the final clinical course in Year 3.

My career opportunities

You will find opportunities in hospitals, in the community, and in urban, rural and remote settings. Nursing graduates are employed in a range of occupations and industries. As well as hospitals, medical centres, community health clinics and aged care centres, you'll be prepared for work in schools, the travel industry, with drug and alcohol service providers, in sporting clubs or in research organisations.

Program accreditation

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

Professional recognition

Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact AHPRA to confirm registration requirements.

Before I enrol

  • Criminal History Check
  • First Aid and CPR Certificates
  • Immunisation and Health Record
  • Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Professional placements

  • Griffith University Health and Safety Induction
  • Griffith University Student Deed Poll
  • Queensland Health placement requirements

There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.

The Professional and Clinical Practice documents for the Bachelor of Nursing are available on the School of Nursing and Midwifery website.

Pathways to further study

You may be eligible to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing (3343) if you meet the admission requirements.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Nursing (1162)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 31.5 $393.75 $31,500.00
2019 Fee Band 30.0 $375.00 $30,000.00

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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