Studying nursing online. How it works.

Our Bachelor of Nursing degree was designed to help you develop into a confident and capable nurse. You’ll learn to look beyond an illness in isolation and focus on a person’s wellbeing as a whole. In order to help you achieve this, we’ve structured our course with only one thing in mind: giving you the best learning experience we possibly can.

And here’s how we do it.

The basics.

  • Every year we’ve got three teaching periods, starting in February, June and September.
  • You can start your study journey at any of these three intakes.
  • Once you’re in, you will have to complete a total of 24 units.
  • Out of these, 18 will be theory-based units and six will be professional practice experience units.
  • The professional practice experience units are split into residentials (on-campus) and clinical placements.
  • You will study two units every teaching period.
  • All in all, your online nursing degree will take four years to complete.


The residentials.

  • The residentials form the first part of your professional practice experience (PPE) and occur in a Clinical Practice Unit.
  • A Clinical Practice Unit (CPU) is an on-campus simulated health care facility in which you will gain practical knowledge.
  • You will have to complete 21 days of residentials across four years where you will learn all the practical skills to practice as a nurse.
  • All 21 days will take place at one of our Western Sydney University campuses, so you will have to make sure you’re able to take time off work and any other commitments you may have.
  • The residentials will run at six different occasions, each of them lasting for 2-5 days.
  • Your first residential will be the longest one (5 days), they will then get shorter over time.

The clinical placement.

  • The clinical placement will take place in a health care facility, such as hospitals or community care settings.
  • In total there will be five sets of clinical placements throughout your degree.
  • Every set lasts for 2-5 weeks, meaning you will have to make sure you can take enough time off work and other commitments to complete your placements.
  • Placements occur at a health care facility close to where you live.


Professional Practice Experience breakdown.

PPE 1 5 0
PPE 2 5 10
PPE 3 4 20
PPE 4 3 20
PPE 5 3 20
PPE 6 2 30