Southern Cross University has a long history of preparing Registered Nurses for the health workforce and began operations in 1985 when all nurse education pre-registration courses transferred to the tertiary sector.

The School of Health and Human Sciences aims to provide access to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across the wide range of generalist and specialist practice in nursing and other health care practices.

As well as undergraduate degrees in nursing, the School offers postgraduate study in the management of human health in the greater community and environment, developing professional health practitioners able to take on leadership roles in health, and to solve lifestyle related illnesses at the clinical and public health level.

Our Bachelor of Nursing provides a combination of coursework and clinical experiences offering students the opportunity to become a registered nurse when they graduate.

The Bachelor of Nursing Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Pathway is specifically designed for enrolled nurses to become registered nurses in just two years.    

The Graduate Certificate of Australian Nursing (EPIQ – Education Program for Internationally Qualified Nurses) is designed for internationally qualified registered nurses who wish to gain registration to practise within Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

All three awards are accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and provides the necessary qualification for graduates to be eligible to become a Registered Nurse in Australia.

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 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife logo

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. This year we are joining the WHO in celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, by sharing the stories and successes of the Southern Cross nursing and midwifery community.

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Portrait of Mitchell Turner

From a degree at Southern Cross University to the busy emergency department at St Vincent's hospital, this is Mitchell's story .