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Nursing courses

Charles Darwin University

Bachelor Of Nursing (bnrsg)

  • Duration : Jul/Mar
  • Intake : Full Time- 3 years
  • Level : Undergraduate
  • Tuition & fees : $ 30,780 Per Year
  • IELTS : 6.5
  • TOEFL : 80
  • PTE : 58

About this course

The Bachelor of Nursing is a professionally accredited degree that meets the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) qualification criterion for registration as a Division 1 nurse in Australia. Graduates are prepared to be safe, collaborative, articulate and ethical registered nurses that are responsive to local, national and regional health care needs and aware of emerging global health care trends.

The course is offered in external and internal mode. Internal mode is only available at Casuarina Campus. Regardless of mode of enrolment, all students will be required to complete a full time on-campus simulation block at an approved CDU venue in each year of the course as preparation for clinical placement. Simulation blocks are offered at Casuarina, Alice Springs and Sydney campuses. CDU allocates places in simulation blocks and cannot guarantee a place at a specific venue. All costs associated with attendance at simulation blocks are a student responsibility.

Students complete supervised clinical placements (880 hours in total) across the three years of the course in a variety of health care settings, including opportunities to participate in international study tours and exchanges that are in addition to the required 880 hours and at student's own cost. All students, regardless of study mode or pattern are required to complete clinical placement on a full time, rotating shift basis across a seven-day week, including night shifts, weekends and public holidays. CDU arranges all placements and cannot guarantee that placements will be arranged in the semester of enrolment or near a student's residential location. All costs associated with placement attendance are the student's responsibility. Non-acceptance of placement or placement arranged outside of semester of enrolment may impact on the ability of students to complete the Bachelor of Nursing within 3 years.

There are inherent requirements for nursing. Inherent requirements are the essential abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve course learning outcomes and to be able to safely practice as a nurse. Nursing requires a degree of physical strength and mobility, endurance, communication and cognitive abilities for safe practice. Prospective and current students are encouraged to consider if they may experience challenges in meeting the inherent requirements for nursing and to contact the Bachelor of Nursing Course Coordinator to discuss any concerns they may have before enrolling in the course.

Reporting obligations: Under the national Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, CDU is required to register nursing students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and to notify AHPRA if a student has or develops a health impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm.

Course Structure

The course consists of 24 units. Two (2) common units provide students with the foundation knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the course, prepare them for lifelong learning and promote the concept of cultural safety in practice, in particular to addressing the needs of Indigenous and multi-cultural Australians.

Twenty-one (21) compulsory core units provide students with essential knowledge that underpins a population health and person-centred approach to nursing practice when caring for people with acute and chronic health problems. The specialist elective unit provides greater depth of knowledge and allows students to study a generalized or specialty subjects in which they have a specific interest.

Career Opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in public and private hospitals and medical clinics in areas such as mental health, community health, acute and chronic care.

Charles Darwin University Highlights

Type Public
Campus setting Urban
Establishment year 2003
Location Darwin, Northern Territory
Number of campuses 5
Annual Endowment 301 Million AUD
Academic staff 580
Total students 20124
International students 17.5%
Graduate Employment 83.39%
Mode of program On campus/ Online/ Full time/ Part time

Charles Darwin University Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

  • The cost of attendance for students at Charles Darwin University comprises the tuition fee per course and the cost of living.
  • The Department of Home Affairs has estimated the cost of living for an individual to study in Australia on student visa as 21,041 AUD.
  • The cost break up has been tabulated below for reference:
Program Tuition Fee per year
Bachelor’s degree 25,328 – 33,480 AUD
Master’s degree 28,104 - 34,680 AUD
Undergraduate associate degree 29,616 – 33,480 AUD
Undergraduate diploma 26,968 – 29,616 AUD
Graduate associate degree 25,328 – 28,104 AUD
Graduate diploma 32760 AUD
  • The cost of living might vary for students in Darwin and Sydney. An estimate for both locations is provided below for reference:
Expense Cost in Darwin (per week) Cost in Sydney (per week)
Food and groceries 80-280 AUD 80-280 AUD
Gas and electricity 35-140 AUD 35-140 AUD
Phone and Internet 20-55 AUD 20-55 AUD
Transportation 7 AUD 30-55 AUD
Car (if owned by students) 150-260 AUD 150-260 AUD
Entertainment expenses 80-150 AUD 80-150 AUD
Accommodation expenses 175-227.50 AUD 283-750 AUD

Charles Darwin University Application Process

To apply for admission to Charles Darwin University, international students must fulfill minimum eligibility criteria and submit proof of English language proficiency. The University provides International Pathway programs for students who do not meet the minimum language requirements.

How to Apply?

The process for international student admission to Charles Darwin University has been described below:

Application portal: Online Application or apply through an agent

Application fee: Not required

Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application for admission:

  • Completed application form
  • Certified copies of transcripts/ certificates with English translation (if required)
  • Copy of passport
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Scholarship application form
  • English language proficiency test scores: The minimum requirements for test scores are as follows:
Exam Minimum Requirements for undergraduates Minimum Requirements for graduates
IELTS Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0 Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0
TOEFL - IBT Overall 60, writing score 21 Overall 79, writing score 21
PTE 50 58
Fees components - (1st year Fees and expense)

Tuition & fees :

$ 30,780


$ 30,780

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