The largest provider of university education in regional Victoria, La Trobe University is a multi-campus university that is focussed on public research and has its flagship campus located in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora. The 2017 QS World University Ranking has La Trobe University ranked 360 in the world, and these rankings have placed La Trobe in the top 1.4 per cent of universities globally. The health sciences program at La Trobe is a hands-on experience, with an accent on clinical education in the form of clinical placements, fieldwork, and other practical experience that helps students to integrate theory with practice. With strong industry links and partnerships with Victoria’s finest hospitals and healthcare centres, La Trobe graduates are well placed to pursue careers in hospitals, healthcare centres, private clinics, and government organisations.
The University of New England (UNE) is a globally networked university that is well known for the quality of its student experience and the excellence of its research facilities.International students often pick UNE as their study destination of choice- and global ratings bear out this choice. This year, for the 12th year in a row, the University of New England has earned the top five-star rating from the Good Universities Guide for the quality of the student experience; a record that is not matched by any other Australian public University. The undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs deliver the best career outcomes for health professionals. Nursing graduates from UNE stand out for their theoretical knowledge, practical skills and their critical thinking and reasoning abilities. For this reason, they are much sought after in leading healthcare institutes in the country and overseas.
Federation University Australia (FedUni) has multiple campuses in Victoria, Australia and has achieved a maximum five-star rating for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide from 2010-2014. As one of Victoria's 5-star universities, FedUni offers over 400 comprehensive study programs – ranging from short term courses to degrees and beyond. The Ballarat and Mount Helen campuses are well known for their nursing programs. Ranked number one in Victoria for student support, FedUni has the highest rate of graduates in overall employment of any Victorian-based university, and average starting salaries are higher than graduates from other Australian universities as well, as per the Good Universities Guide report. Nursing and paramedicine students can gain hands-on practice in real-life challenging settings in the simulated home environment learning space at Mt Helen.
A vibrant, contemporary Australian university with campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour, and branch campuses in Sydney and Melbourne, Southern Cross University offers industry-relevant degrees with a strong emphasis on practical learning. Ranked in the top 100 best universities in the Asia-Pacific region for 2017 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Southern Cross University enjoys a strong demand for students. International students can choose from study programs in Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Science and Engineering and Health and Human Sciences, among others. Nursing students can take advantage of comprehensive courses that combine foundational science, professional knowledge and clinical experiences to prepare graduates for a successful career in nursing and health.Southern Cross University is well known for its research facilities, with staff and students undertaking research in a wide range of areas, including civil engineering, complementary and alternative medicine, human movement and sports science, and nursing,to name a few.
Established in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is today a quality university with excellent student satisfaction and internationally recognised research. Located at Joondalup and South West (Bunbury), Edith Cowan University (ECU) has consistently received a 5 star rating for its teaching quality, as published in the Good Universities Guide. ECU has the largest Nursing program and the only dual Nursing/Midwifery degree in Western Australia. With a range of unique specialist undergraduate and postgraduate nursing courses, ECU provides students with access to excellent health and wellness facilities including demo and clinical practice wards, simulation centres for scenario-based learning, and placements with a range of health providers.