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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for this course. Applicants will be eligible for admission only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.

About this course

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) is a unique degree that allows students to develop a comprehensive understanding of professional nursing practice. Extending beyond a standard degree, the advanced studies component of this course focuses on cultivating non-technical skills in leadership and decision making, while offering a better understanding of our international health landscape.

Combining high-quality practical learning with extensive clinical placements, this degree will enable you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and launch your career in healthcare.

Why study with us?

  • Study a unique course curriculum that fosters a range of professional skills. 
  • Learn from our leading nurses and academics across a range of settings. 
  • From 2021, you will be able to complete your studies in the new Susan Wakil Health Building on the Camperdown campus. Comprising state-of-the-art clinical simulation programs and a multi-service clinic, this building was designed to be agile for multidisciplinary teaching and learning.
  • Experience different areas of nursing including ageing, child and adolescent care, and mental health. 
  • Gain invaluable clinical experience with more than 800 hours of placements in a variety of settings including emergency departments, intensive care units, paediatric units, mental health facilities and community health centres.
  • Apply for a number of scholarships unique to nursing students. 
  • With a wide and growing field of practice across the public and private healthcare systems, this degree will prepare you to thrive in both local and global health environments as you work with other health professionals to provide high-quality patient-centred care.

Learn more about studying at Sydney Nursing School.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

Shared pool

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee


Applications for Susan Wakil Scholarships are now open. 

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website

Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the Scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Applications close - 15 January of the commencing year*

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) is a three-year full-time course consisting of 144 credit points. Students will complete 24 core units of study in the order predetermined (8 units of study each year). 

The units of study are structured into four broad areas that are interwoven into learning experiences throughout the course and developed at successively more complex levels as students progress in their studies. These areas are:

  • Underpinnings to Nursing Practice
  • Health, Development and Assessment
  • Contexts of Practice
  • Nursing Practice.

In Underpinnings of Nursing Practice, students will engage with areas of study relating to human sciences and research.

In the Health, Development and Assessment area of study, units of study include:

  • Health Assessment
  • Child and Adolescent Health and Care
  • Ageing Health and Care
  • Understanding Experiences of Illness.

Students will be introduced to the knowledge and practices of person-centred health care in the Context of Practice area of study.

The Nursing Practice area of study includes units of study that are directly related to clinical nursing knowledge and practice.

Clinical placements

Clinical experience makes up a key part of the course, with all students required to undertake 880 hours of clinical placements in health care facilities monitored or operated by the NSW Department of Health throughout the degree.

Placements will give students hands-on nursing practise in a variety of health care settings including:

  • emergency departments
  • intensive care units
  • paediatric units
  • mental health facilities
  • community health centres.

Students also have the opportunity to undertake overseas clinical placements, exploring nursing within the context of other cultures and languages.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 880 hours.

This translates to 40 hours per week.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Professional Experience Placement

The pre-registration nursing degrees are designed to introduce you to the profession of nursing through both clinical and theoretical components. An essential feature of all pre-registration nursing curricula offered by Sydney Nursing School is a structured off-campus Professional Experience Placement (also referred to as Student Clinical Experience) program undertaken in a variety of practice settings. You will complete more than 860 clinical hours during your degree. The length of the Professional Placement Experiences will vary and may range in duration from 2 to 4 weeks (40 hours per week), depending on the unit of study and placements may be consecutive. Before each clinical placement you will practice your skills in our clinical labs and high fidelity simulation wards.

The Professional Experience Placement program will enable you to gain professional experience in diverse clinical settings reflecting the current trends for the nursing profession. Clinical placement sites include private and public hospitals, mental health services, community health centres and, schools. The majority of clinical placements occur within the Sydney metropolitan area but you will have the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in regional or remote areas around NSW or interstate.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following:

  • English language requirements as detailed below.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

It is required that applicants have the ability to undertake clinical placements and the Sydney Nursing School Clinical Placement Provisions 2020 contains further details of the requirements.

Applicants who are registered as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia are not eligible to apply for this course.

English requirements

Whether you are a domestic or an international student you must submit an English language declaration form (pdf, 59KB). If English is not your primary language*, you are required to undertake one of the following English language proficiency tests and achieve at least the minimum score required:

a) The IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

b) The PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 68 and a minimum score of 68 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

c) The TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 96 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:

  • 24 for Listening
  • 24 for reading
  • 27 for writing
  • 23 for speaking

English language proficiency tests must be completed within two years of course commencement.

*Primary language means the language you primarily use and the language that you know best and are most comfortable with. You need to have completed at least six years of schooling including at last two years of secondary school (years 7-12) in English in one of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice.  The University Calendar is the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Professional Registration

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Graduates will eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.


Students with a credit average are invited to apply for the honours program. This involves four units relating to research methods and the preparation of a thesis. Students undertake research work independently under the guidance of a supervisor.

Career Pathways

Graduate of this course will be prepared to work in a range of environments including:
  • Public and private healthcare systems
  • Acute care hospitals
  • Children's hospitals
  • Trauma and emergency care
  • Aged care
  • Community nursing
  • Palliative care
  • Home care nursing
  • Drug and alcohol centres
  • Operating rooms and other surgical settings
  • Rural and remote nursing
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Clinical research trials 
  • Other health and education-related fields

Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to practise as a nurse in Australia.

Future study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) with a credit level are eligible to progress to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) or complete postgraduate studies. Sydney Nursing School offers a range of postgraduate nursing courses in specialty areas of nursing including:

  • Cancer and haematology nursing
  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Clinical trials practice
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Nurse practitioner

Gigi Kwok

Registered Nurse, Northern Sydney Local Health District

Gigi Kwok

2020 – current School Programme Nurse Immuniser
Prince of Wales Hospital Public Health Unit
2020 - current Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing
2017 – current Registered Nurse
Northern Sydney Local Health District
2017 - current Staff Health Nurse; Acting Clinical Nurse Consultant; Acting  Manager - Fitness for Work
HealthShare NSW
July – August 2020 Registered Nurse
Victoria Deployment – Royal Melbourne Hospital
2017 Practice Nurse
Carlingford Medical Practice 
2016 Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies)

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