Bachelor of Nursing Science [Pre-Registration]

Become a nurse with expertise in the delivery of effective nursing care, with a particular focus on rural and remote healthcare needs. Communicate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and plan and implement contemporary care at both an individual and contemporary level. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for Registered Nurse (Division 1) registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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  • Townsville: February
  • Cairns: February



+estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible


3 years full-time

Entry Requirements

English (4,SA)

Recommended Knowledge

Biology, Chemistry and one of General Maths, Mathematical Methods, or Specialists Maths (Units 3/4,C)

English language requirements

Band 3c

If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

View the international entry requirements for this course



Course detail

Real stories

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    Ivy Hodges

    Bachelor of Nursing Science

    Doing my three-week placement in Weipa made me more drawn to becoming a rural and remote nurse and giving back to my people. I was able to have a more hands-on experience: applying cultural competencies and applying competent nursing skills to my people. This made me realise my potential as a future registered nurse.

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    James Tsakisiris

    Bachelor of Nursing Science

    My lecturers and tutors were always willing to offer honest feedback on assessment pieces, and I got to participate in some genuinely life-changing experiences, including working for the WHOCC conference held in Cairns in 2018. The highlight of my course was completing two rural placements in Atherton and Theodore.

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    Julie-Anne Cobb

    Bachelor of Nursing Science

    What made the JCU Bachelor of Nursing Science stand out wasn’t just its contemporary course work and structure but also the attentiveness of staff to students’ needs. The Student and Staff Consultative Committee worked tirelessly to support us in our learning, and the Peer Mentor Program offered invaluable support.

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    Julie Shepherd

    Lecturer, Nursing & Midwifery, 1st Year Student Experience Advisor

    As a Nurse educator, I can help you to engage in your learning, inspire you to be your best and transform you from being ordinary to being great! If your dream is to have a career in nursing then JCU is the place where your dreams really do come true.

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    Hannah Smith

    Clinical Facilitator, Mater Health

    When we have hired JCU graduates, it has been the confidence in their ability to transition into the role of registered nurse that often stands out. Due to the close collaboration of JCU and the Mater, having them here on staff is like welcoming family.