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6 reasons to study nursing at the University of Sydney

Pursue a successful career in nursing
Join Sydney Nursing School and take advantage of our expanding state-of-the-art facilities right in the heart of the city's healthcare precinct. You'll have access to scholarships, exciting placements and much more.

Nurses are an integral part of contemporary healthcare; there are fewer professions more necessary or more respected. The pre-registration courses at Sydney Nursing School prepare graduates to enter the healthcare system and advance to become leaders in their field.

Considering a career in nursing? Here are six reasons why you should study with us:

1. Unique course offering

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) is a degree that attracts the best and brightest students from across the country. This is because our curriculum extends beyond a standard degree – the advanced studies component of the course focuses on cultivating leadership, using research to make evidence-based decisions, and enhancing students understanding of the international health landscape. These underpinnings help our students to become work-ready critical thinkers. That's why our program has a higher entry requirement.

By fostering these professional development skills we hope to maintain and elevate the quality of the nursing profession, especially as these positions become more in demand than ever before. The increasing need for registered nurses and nurse specialists is a result of higher dependence on care in the community and pressure on the healthcare system in general, driven by an ageing population and the rising cost of treatment.

In keeping with our high quality course offering, our students will learn from nurses and academics who are leaders in their field. We are consistently ranked as one of the top nursing schools in the country and the world and our research in the field recieves the highest possible Australian ranking (ERA 5). Our graduates are also highly employable, which is why we are ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability.

2. Facilities

Soon, the University of Sydney will unveil a purpose built facility for health students – the Susan Wakil Health Building. Nestled right in the heart of a major Sydney health precinct, students will have the opportunity to experience teaching and learning in co-located university and healthcare facilities such as the Charles Perkins Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.

The Susan Wakil Health Building has been designed to be agile for multidisciplinary teaching and learning across all health disciplines and a place of collaborative research.

You will learn in state-of-the art classrooms and clinical simulation laboratories. Medium and high fidelity manikins in the clinical labs will assist students to develop confidence in communicating with people, time management, developing technical skills and delivering patient care. These electronic manikins have many capabilities in supporting the learning and development of critical thinking and problem-solving in simulated healthcare environments.

As well as clinical simulation labs, the building will also have a multi-service clinic, and flexible infrastructure that supports team-based research programs.

From 2021, all students starting in any of our degree programs will be located on our Camperdown/Darlington campus. 

Artist impression of the Susan Wakil Health Building

3. Placement opportunities

As part of the nursing programs at the University of Sydney, students are required to undertake over 800 hours of clinical placement experience. Clinical placements embed your theoretical and clinical learning in real life practice and are crucial for preparing you to become a registered nurse. Placements take place across each year of your studies at private and public hospitals, mental health services, community health centres, in community health care and at schools.

There are also unique opportunities to pursue placements in rural and remote areas with the NSW Air Ambulance and in Justice Health. 

4. Scholarships

The Sydney Nursing School offers up to 12 Susan Wakil Scholarships annually to support the education of deserving students who demonstrate a high level of ability and potential. These scholarships are offered to undergraduate and postgraduate students from Greater Sydney and rural locations, with a dedicated annual scholarship for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students. The value of these scholarships vary – some provide up to $14,500 in financial support per semester. 

The University also offers a number of other scholarships to students based on academic achievement, equity and location.



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"Our patients come from different multicultural backgrounds and they present with different types of illnesses - not a single day is ever the same. I get satisfaction from getting through the day knowing that I’ve contributed to improving someone's health."
Ryan Catalan, Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) alumni

5. Advanced online learning opportunities 

Extend yourself with Sydney's Online Learning Environment (OLE) modules. These short, on-demand and mostly online programs are offered to students from all faculties and cover a wide range of topic areas from travel and languages, to coding and astronomy.

Some courses, like the combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Nursing and the Bachelor of Science or Science (Health)/Master of Nursing degrees require students to complete 12-credit points of study from OLEs. Some units are zero credit points, while others can be two, four or six. 

Students completing a Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) can complete as many zero credit point OLE units as they would like to advance their learning in other fields. 

6. There are opportunities to progress

Once you become a registered nurse, you can specialise in a range of areas such as:

  • emergency nursing
  • paediatrics or theatre nursing
  • cancer and haematology nursing
  • intensive care
  • mental health nursing.

There are also options to work in international aid, health policy, or as a clinical nurse consultant or specialist. You can also move into research or academia, government and management positions in the health sector to expand your career.

We offer a range of postgraduate programs to registered nurses who choose to specialise in an area of nursing practice. Our postgraduate specialty programs are offered at master’s, graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels and offer you the opportunity to not only progress your career, but also make a tangible difference in the lives of Australians.

nursing student
“The fantastic thing about nursing is that there are so many paths and specialties. I am hoping to go into either theatre, paediatrics, the intensive care unit or the emergency department and continue my professional development in one of those areas. Perhaps after 5 years working in one of those areas, I will work towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner.”
Wendy Huynh, Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) student.
7 August 2019

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