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.

  • Each year we have three teaching periods, starting at different times to suit your availabilities.
  • You can start your study journey at any of these three intakes.
  • Once you’re in, you will have to complete a total of 23 subjects. Learn more about each subject in the WSU Handbook.
  • Out of these, 18 will be theory-based subjects and six will be professional practice experience subjects.
  • The professional practice experience subjects are split into residentials (on-campus) and clinical placements.
  • You will study two subjects every teaching period.
  • All in all, your online nursing degree will take four years to complete.


  • Residentials form the first part of your professional practice experience (PPE) and occur in a Clinical Practice Subject.
  • A Clinical Practice Subject (CPU) is an on-campus simulated health care facility in which you will gain practical knowledge. Western’s clinical placement subjects are designed to simulate a contemporary hospital ward setting.
  • You will have to complete residentials across four years where you will learn all the practical skills to practice as a nurse.
  • Residentials 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. Your first residential will be the longest one and the following will then get shorter over time.

Clinical placements.

  • Clinical placements 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 healthcare facility close to where you live within NSW.