Top Nursing Universities in Australia 2020

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Top reasons to study Nursing in Australia

If you are someone who enjoys making a difference in people’s lives for the better, consider making nursing as a career! Nursing is a highly respected and trusted profession, filled with many opportunities and rewards. The following are a few reasons and benefits of why choosing Nursing as a career might be the most suitable option for you.

  • Growing Demand for Nurses 

Nursing is a profession showcasing continuous growth and demand. Healthcare workers have always been welcomed into Australia. As of recent, nurses are particularly in high demand. This is due to the population growth of Australia which has more than doubled over the last 50 years and is expected to continue year on year. This has led to a shortage of skills in the healthcare sector. As a result, the federal government has increased spending on public hospitals, thereby, expanding their health offering as well as building a number of new hospitals. 

Therefore, the upcoming hospitals require qualified and skilled staff members which is now driving up the demand for nurses in the country. With the increasing demand, higher wages, benefits and better work environment are to be expected. 

  • Nursing is a Diverse Profession

The profession is dynamic and diverse with room to grow professionally. Most people think nurses are constricted to working only in hospitals. However, in addition to hospital nursing there is a variety of practice settings available for nurses : Ambulatory care centers, Public health agencies, independent practice, long-term care facilities and more. Upon receiving a nursing qualification, you can continue to progress professionally in the field. You can start off as an Assistant in Nursing and after you gain enough experience, you could become a Registered nurse, nurse practitioner and there onward aim to become a Nurse Manager. Based on the level of education and qualification obtained, you can pursue a change in the work environment, focus areas, or location. 

  • Flexible Working Schedules in Nursing

Nurses have the option of choosing the type of schedule that fits with their life, without losing out on opportunities, job security and pay. Since Nursing is a 24 hour service with rotating shifts, you can choose whether to work at night, day or over the weekends. This is one of the greatest perks enjoyed by nurses around the world. This is extremely appealing to those who aim to pursue higher education in the field, such as advanced degrees or any other additional certification. This will enable nurses to have a flexible scheduling system.

  • Nursing is a Well Respected Profession

Nurses are essential to the health care system as they improve the lives of patients every day. Nursing is seen to be a profession that is ethical, honest and trustworthy as it is required in the field of healthcare. They are the key link between Doctors and patient. It is true that doctors overlook and manage the overall healthcare plan, however, nurses are also there to implement it. Nurses interact with patients the most, therefore, they are in the best position to inform others about the patient’s safety and needs.

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Pathway to Become a Nurse in Australia

There are a few ways to become a nurse in Australia. Different nursing qualifications have different employment opportunities. Based on your qualifications, you can choose to become an Enrolled Nurse (EN), Registered Nurse (RN), Midwife or Medication Endorsed Enrolled Nurse (EEN).

Diploma/Certificate IV in Nursing

Diploma in Nursing prepares you to enter the industry as an Enrolled Nurse and be supervised by a Registered Nurse. A diploma will equip you with basic knowledge regarding health, technical, clinical and interpersonal skills and open many job opportunities. The course will typically take approximately 102 weeks to complete.

Entry Requirements 

  • Successful completion of SPM/IGCSE/UEC examination
  • English Language – IELTS – Minimum overall band of 7.0 

Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA) and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
This course will open a pathway to become a Registered Nurse if you choose to further your studies. 

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Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing provides the necessary information, knowledge and skills required to become a Registered Nurse in Australia. The curriculum may vary slightly between universities, nevertheless, each university provides a combination of theory and clinical experience in multiple healthcare settings such as : Intensive care units, surgical wards and operating theatres and more. It typically takes 3 – 4 years to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. 

Entry Requirements

The following are the entry requirements for students who wish to begin a Bachelor’s degree after High School. Those with a successful Diploma qualification can proceed to complete a Bachelor’s degree, however, the entry requirements vary based on university requirements. 

  • Successful completion of Australian Year 12 Equivalent 
  • English Language – IELTS minimum overall band of  7.0

Students must demonstrate they meet the  requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA) and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to apply and practice as a Registered Nurse.

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Master of Nursing

This postgraduate course prepares you for a career progression in your chosen employment field. The program enhances your prior knowledge and skills enabling you to develop professional nursing practice across a broad range of specializations. The degree takes 2 years full time study to complete.

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or equivalent qualification
  • English Language – IELTS minimum overall band of 7.0

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Top Universities in Australia for Nursing

The following are a few of the Top Universities for Nursing in Australia which is also ranked in the Top 50 Nursing schools globally.


Australian Rankings

Global Rankings


Indicative Annual Fee 2020

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)



February, July and October

AUD$ 38,060

Monash University




AUD$ 35,000

Griffith University



February and July

AUD$ 31,500

University of Adelaide




AUD$ 35,500

Western Sydney University 


51 – 100


AUD$ 30,480

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Pathway to Permanent Residency in Australia

There is a high demand for Nurses in Australia, therefore, many of the occupations in the field of Nursing are in Australia’s Skilled Occupations List (SOL) including : Enrolled Nurse, Registered Nurse (Aged Care, Medical Practice, Paediatrics etc), Nurse Manager and more. This opens the opportunity to build a long lasting career in the healthcare sector and gain Permanent Residency in Australia.

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Yellani Rasaputhra
I am a student from Monash University, Malaysia. Currently studying Bachelor of Business and Commerce majoring in International Business and Marketing. I like to spend my time painting and swimming.

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