Bachelor of Nursing Science

Nursing graduates are highly valued and find employment throughout Australia and overseas in a variety of nursing positions. Nursing is the science of professional caring and offers a wide variety of employment opportunities to promote and restore health, to prevent illness and to alleviate suffering.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns; Mackay; Mt Isa; Thursday Island
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2015 19/60
CRICOS code 010441C
Prerequisites English; (Biology, Chemistry or Maths B desirable)

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Course overview

A Bachelor of Nursing Science from JCU prepares you for nursing practice with a unique regional focus that you will not find anywhere else in Australia.

You have the opportunity to study majors in mental health, evidence-based practice and rural and remote health.

Your clinical practice starts in first year and continues throughout your degree.

Focus on regional healthcare

Situated in the heart of northern Queensland, JCU offers a unique learning setting. Our curriculum responds to our tropical climate, rural surrounds and large Indigenous communities. You will gain valuable clinical experience over your course of study.

You will graduate with work-ready skills to transition in to the registered nurse’s role in a range of health settings, which acknowledge:

  • the distinctive needs of north Queensland’s under-served and tropical populations

  • the challenges and rewards of regional, rural and remote nursing

  • broad health issues that are unique to the region.

This deep understanding of the regional issues complements the core nursing knowledge required to practice in any community from major metropolitan centres to smaller remote centres.

Career opportunities

Nursing graduates are highly valued and may find employment throughout Australia and overseas in a variety of nursing positions.

Nurses work in many places, not only in hospitals. They work in the community, industry, health care agencies, and for a vast range of employers, which, in addition to hospitals and health services, can include defence forces, non-government agencies, government departments and community organisations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist you in your pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.