Universities in Australia to Study Nursing         

Nursing is an extremely noble career. Whilst doctors may get a lot of the glory, it’s the nurses who are doing the hard work at the ‘coalface’, ensuring patients are looked after around the clock. Nurses are dedicated, caring medical professionals whose work is appreciated by patients and their loved ones.

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One of the benefits of a career in nursing is job security. Nurses are in demand everywhere and aside from here in Australia, where our ageing population is requiring more and more medical attention, being a nurse can take you all over the world. It’s a challenging vocation that requires keeping up to date with studies, and there is great scope for promotion and to branch out into a diverse array of nursing positions.

Where will you study in Australia? We’re about to give you a list of the top universities in Australia for nursing so you can make an informed decision.

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings publish an annual list of tertiary institutions around the world and ranks them using a range of criteria including student experience, student faculty ratio and graduate employability reputation. As the only international ranking to have received approval from the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG), the QS scores are considered as one of the three most credible university rankings in the world.

So, let’s get on with the top universities in Australia for nursing, as designated by QS. We will provide information regarding the Australian nursing schools that feature in the top 25 on the QS list.

University of Technology Sydney

Practice-oriented courses, state-of-the-art teaching facilities and robust connections within the industry make the University of Technology Sydney attractive. The school offers a range of qualifications including Bachelor of Nursing and postgraduate degrees such as Master of Advanced Nursing, Master of Nurse Practitioner and Graduate Certificates in Critical Care Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Acute Care Nursing and more.

Consider applying for a scholarship as there are some that are offered to international students. UTS’s campus is in Ultimo in inner city Sydney. It has been undergoing a $1 billion-plus upgrade in recent times which makes it a highly sought-after school. How to apply.

The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney’s School of Nursing has been recognised in QS Subject Rankings as number two in Australia and number 15 in the world! Located in suburban Camperdown, Sydney Nursing School offers three entry-to-practice pathways for those looking to become a Registered Nurse, and a range of specialist postgraduate qualifications including Masters, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Choose from cancer and haematology nursing, emergency nursing, nurse practitioner and others. How to apply.

Monash University

Attaining a Bachelor of Nursing at Monash University will stand you in good stead for your career prospects all over the world. This renowned institution has a reputation for quality, evidence-based teaching and high standards of clinical practice. Monash University promises to provide students with valuable skills in client care, research, cultural competence, communication and clinical decision-making.

Working with impressive mentors as well as students enrolled in other health science programs will help you gain interdisciplinary education and experience. The campuses are located in Clayton, where a variety of cultural, sporting and educational facilities and events are on offer, and on the Mornington Peninsula in Frankston, Victoria. A range of scholarships is available to international students. How to apply.

University of Melbourne

At University of Melbourne, you will complete a 3-year Bachelor degree such as a Bachelor of Biomedicine, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Design, followed by a 2-year Master of Nursing Science to quality as a registered nurse. The Parkville campus is the setting for this course which is available to domestic and international students, with a March intake. The curriculum of UM’s Master of Nursing degree features a higher ratio of clinical hours to theory than other entry-to-practice nursing degrees.

Every semester, you will complete 6 to 8 weeks of intensive teaching and then proceed into 3 to 4 weeks of professional experience placement at hospitals that partner with UM. The latest facilities and teaching equipment are on hand to ensure the best education. How to apply.

Deakin University

Deakin University’s Bachelor of Nursing degree is a three-year course at one of three campuses: Burwood in Melbourne, Waterfront in Geelong and Warrnambool. Attainment of this degree will qualify you to be a registered nurse. Your clinical placements will begin in Trimester 1 of the first year, providing you with the opportunity to gain clinical skills whilst under supervision by qualified registered nurses.

You will be exposed to a range of settings such as medical and surgical care, rehabilitation, mental health, community nursing and acute/sub-acute care. Be sure to explore scholarships that could help pay for some or all of your fees. How to apply

Nursing around the world

After completing your nursing studies in Australia, you will be able to take your qualification and skills anywhere in the world, including back to your home country. Nursing is an occupation that pays well and rewards highly. There is a nurse’s shortage in many countries where you will be warmly welcomed for your skills and dedication. The highest paying countries include the US, Canada, Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, UAE, Virgin Islands and Switzerland.

Imagine being able to indulge your passion for caring for others whilst being well remunerated and enjoying new horizons! Simply remember to pack your Australian nursing qualification along with your passport and visa and get set for a fulfilling life in some of the world’s most interesting places.

Fun facts about nursing overseas

  • Unless you love being overworked, you might want to skip Japan where one in every 23 Japanese nurses works in excess of 60 hours of overtime each month!
  • In Tanzania, there are only four nurses and midwives per 10,000 people.
  • An increasing number of Philippine doctors are gaining nursing qualifications to work in the US as nurses. The money earned there is more than what they earn for being a doctor in the Philippines.


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