Top 10 Nursing Universities In Australia 2018/2019

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Australian nurses are critical to the success of any healthcare system all over the world. Bachelor of Nursing is a three-year professional degree that will qualify you as a General Registered Nurse. The program focus is on producing students with a strong academic and practical ability in all areas of nursing. If you wish to specialise in a specific area – for example paediatric, mental health, oncology or emergency nursing – you would do so at the master level.

This approach ensures that nursing graduates have a broader options for them after they finish studying, and are able to decide whether they want to focus on a specific area at a later stage (often after few years of working experiences) rather than being restricted in their career by only being trained in single area of specification. Below here are the two common specialisations that students can consider:-

Career options Nursing Graduates

Upon graduated from Bachelor of Nursing, student can venture into the following specialisations or industries.

  • Registered nurse
  • Acute care nurse
  • Paediatric nurse
  • Metal health nurse
  • Preoperative and theatre nurse
  • Disability and rehabilitation nurse
  • Aged care nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Health policy developer

Role of Nursing

Below here are the most common roles of nursing graduate

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Nursing/

Bachelor of Para-medicine

Midwifery nurses often equip themselves with the skills to work in collaboration with women and their families to provide great levels of care before, during and after childbirth. A significant proportion of time is spent in clinical experience, as considerable amounts of practical experience are essential to becoming a confident, competent midwife.

Midwifery can also be studied as a double degree with the Bachelor of Nursing which is an excellent option for those hoping to work in remote or rural areas in the future. Qualified midwives can undertake a Master of Midwifery to further develop and specialise their skills and experience.

A paramedic often is sent to the front line of medical care, and provide professional treatment before someone can be taken to hospital. Paramedics often work in difficult environments, away from the support of other health professionals. Critical and complex decision-making is important in these degrees. A high volume of time is spent on clinical placement during their education at the university, as much as a third of the degree is based on practical experience gained in varied settings including ambulance services, hospitals, mental health institutions, ski fields, and community or primary health centres.

About the Ranking of universities for Bachelor of Nursing in Australia

Nursing Universities in Australia are doing an outstanding job in producing quality nurses to the country. They develop competencies, provide a fun learning experience, and help student to get ahead on career much earlier than other stream of education. According to the, the ranking of the university in nursing and midwifery program is based on the following indicators:

  • High enrolment rate in the program
  • High courses satisfaction rates among students and recent graduates
  • High employment rate

Top nursing universities rankings in Australia for 2018/2019

The Recommended institution for diploma of nursing is:

InstitutionCourseIndicative Annual Course Fee (2018/2019)
TAFE NSWDiploma of NursingAUD 23,430

Top Universities for Bachelor of nursing are

QS World University Ranking (2018) by SubjectCityUniversityIndicative Annual Course Fee (2018/2019)
7SydneyUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)AUD 34,540
15SydneyThe University of Sydney (USYD)AUD 35,500
18MelbourneMonash UniversityAUD 33,000
24MelbourneDeakin UniversityAUD 32,600
27MelbourneThe University of MelbourneAUD 31,424
36QueenslandQueensland University of Technology (QUT)AUD 33,500
38AdelaideThe University of AdelaideAUD 35,500
39QueenslandThe University of Queensland (UQ)AUD 32,928
41QueenslandGriffith UniversityAUD 30,000
41QueenslandGriffith UniversityAUD 30,000
51-100SydneyAustralian Catholic University (ACU)AUD 27,960
51-100AdelaideFlinders UniversityAUD 32,000
51-100MelbourneLa Trobe UniversityAUD 35,800
51-100SydneyThe University of Newcastle (UON)AUD 31,160
51-100AdelaideUniversity of South Australia (Unisa)AUD 31,000
51-100SydneyWestern Sydney University (UWS)AUD 27,640
N/ATasmaniaUniversity of Tasmania (UTAS)AUD 29,000

Top Universities for Master of nursing are

UniversityIndicative annual course fee (2018/2019)
1.5 yearUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)AUD 32,010
2 yearsThe University of Sydney (USYD)AUD 35,500
2 yearsMonash UniversityAUD 33,000
2 yearsDeakin UniversityAUD 34,800
2 yearsThe University of MelbourneAUD 31,776
2 yearsThe University of AdelaideAUD 33,500
1.5 yearThe University of Queensland (UQ)AUD 31,632
1.5 yearFlinders UniversityAUD 32,600
1.5 yearLa Trobe UniversityAUD 36,400

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

Why Choose Nursing as a Career

A nursing career offers many benefits. Nursing in Australia is associated with high job satisfaction, assured employment and good pay. However, the training required to undergo to become a nurse is a big challenge of time and energy. But there is a handsome payoff. below are the top reasons why studying nursing is a good career move.

Job SatisfactionNurses are important in delivering health services and in curing people during difficult times. it brings satisfaction and It is a positive role that you can take pride in.
Job FlexibilityExperienced nurses are needed in everywhere. Therefore, you can work at any part of the Australia and expect to be hired. The profession also allows for timeouts where you can take years off for family and other reasons and rejoin back to your career without any difficulty.
Career GrowthLike most professions, nursing has career paths which allow for development. Experienced nurses can move into senior, director, specialist, consultant, education and health administration roles.
EmployableMost nursing graduates get employment placement within a few months of finishing their bachelor degree. The hiring rate is around 80%, which is higher than other professions (source: Graduate Destinations Survey).
VarietyAs nursing is a people-orientated job, nursing presents constant variety. Your work can require you to meet new people each day, understand their issue and assist in solving their health problem.

Why study Bachelor of Nursing in Australia

These are the benefits to become a nurse In Australia,

  • Further stay permit (also known as post-working visa) is available to every international student who have met the minimum study requirement. If student can get a decent job after completion of their study and the job matched with occupation listed in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), they might eligible to earn extra points to apply for permanent residency.
  • Work rights for international student. Australia offers international students the opportunity to work up to 20 hours a week and over 40 hours a week during the holiday period. Many international students choose to take up jobs to cover their living expense. It is not that difficult to get a job in Australia.
  • Migration barrier. If migration is your objective to study in Australia, you should consider study in regional state such as Tasmania, South Australia and Darwin. Unlike other states, there is no occupation ceiling in regional state, even if the Australia government decides to remove some occupations from the MLTSSL in the future, It might not impact you much. 
  • State Sponsorship. Moreover, If you have skills that demanded by the regional state. The state government might sponsor your permanent residency.

What is the entry requirements to study Bachelor of Nursing in Australia

  • English requirement with overall academic IELTS score of 7.0 (with an individual score of 6.5 in all tests).
  • GCE A-levels or equivalent qualification:
    • GCE ‘A’ Levels Minimum aggregate score of 7. Ranks on the GCE are calculated on the basis that at the Advanced Level (A2): A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3,
      D=2, E=1. OR
    • Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) – A minimum score will be calculated based on the
      number of subjects completed in the same academic year. The scores required are 7 for one subject, 4
      for two subjects, 4 for three subjects and 3 for four or more subjects. Ranks for the Malaysian STPM are
      calculated on the basis that at the Advanced Level A = 7, A- = 6, B+ = 5, B = 4, B- = 3, C+ = 2, C = 1,
      with partial passes C-, D+ and D = 0.  OR
    • Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with
      minimum aggregate score of 20 or less in total of best 5 subjects excluding English, Chinese and Bahasa
      Malaysia; UEC Grading, A1 =1, A2=2, B3=3, B4=4, B5=5, B6=6, C7 =7, C8=8.


There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries which can help support you financially with your studies in Australia. Some are offered by the Australian Government, education institutions, and a number of other public and private sectors. To know more:


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