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 community 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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This course requires some on-campus attendance by online students.

A course amendment to add Emerald as a teaching site has been submitted to ANMAC. The course amendment is under ANMAC review with a decision expected in early May.


  • Online: February, July
  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July
  • Mackay: February, July
  • Mount Isa: February, July
  • Emerald: July



+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


3 years full-time

3.5 years full-time for mid-year entry

Entry Requirements


Recommended Knowledge

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

QTAC Codes

  • 316139
  • 316031
  • 326031
  • 336031
  • 346031

Course detail

Real stories

  • Ivy Hodges  Student, Bachelor of Nursing Science


    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.

  • Studied the Bachelor of Nursing


    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.

  • Lecturer Nursing & Midwifery


    Julie Shepherd

    Nursing and Midwifery

    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.

  • Clinical Facilitator, Mater Health


    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.