Western Sydney University, formerly the University of Western Sydney, is an Australian multi-campus university in the Greater Western region of Sydney.
Nursing Universities & Providers
Australian nursing universities have a reputation for providing high quality nursing courses at all levels including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. There are over 25 universities with nursing degrees - in fact almost all prominent Australian universities have at least one nursing qualification.
There are two primary levels of nurses. To become an enrolled nurses (called division 2 nurses in Victoria and registered nurses (division 1) you must study a diploma from a TAFE or RTO, while registered nurses must obtain a Bachelor of Nursing from a university. By studying a nursing diploma, you will usually qualify for entry into the second year of a degree course. As such, many people take this route because it allows them to work and study making it easier to afford tuition fees. Most nursing schools today make the theory portions of their courses available online to make studying more convenient and flexible.
Hospitals historically trained nurses. The need for students to study theory as well as the practice of nursing was recognised in the 1970s. At that time, schools of nursing began providing upskilling, in the form of diploma and certificate courses, enabling hospital trained nurses to obtain registered nurse status. Today, most universities offer Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council approved Bachelor of Nursing degree courses as well as postgraduate certificate and diploma courses in various specific areas of nursing. A fourth year (Honours Degree) prepares students for the possibility of a research career with a course designed to enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills, equipping graduates for entry into further research programs. Master of Nursing degrees provide for further training and study in specific areas, and are offered by most universities for nursing.
List of Nursing Schools
Top Nursing Universities
If you know where you want your nursing education to eventually take you, it is a good idea to check out the domestic and international rankings for the various Australian university nursing schools.
Five Australian nursing university programs place in the top 25 (based predominantly on academic and employer, faculty/student ratio and faculty citations) in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject: 4th University of Technology Sydney; 9th University of Sydney; 12th Monash University; 18th University of Melbourne and 24th Deakin University.
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), which rank schools in terms of the quality of education, prestige of the faculty members and quality of their research, places four Australian nursing schools in the top ten – 4th Western Sydney University; 5th Griffith; 6th University of Technology, Sydney and 7th University of Sydney.
The top five in Uni Reviews, which is based on a combination of reputation, student rating and post graduation employment, salary, etc., are the University of Notre Dame Australia; Australia Catholic University, Edith Cowan University, University of Adelaide and University of Technology Sydney.