Nurses are an integral role within the health sector — the role is not limited to hospitals and can extend to areas like the military, schools, dental offices or prison services. The path to becoming a qualified and registered nurse also varies depending on whether the student is considering specialised areas of the profession.
The Good Universities Guide rankings are designed to highlight a universities’ specific strengths, offering insight to support and guide decision-making when choosing a university. You can view the rankings in terms of how each university performs overall, or you can narrow down by field of study and state.
We looked at which universities with undergraduate nursing degrees performed best in teaching quality, skills development, full-time employment and graduate salary.
This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the quality of teaching they experienced. Swinburne University of Technology scored the highest with 95.80%, followed by Federation University Australia with 94.10%. This rating is based on student ratings of the overall educational experience and quality of teaching.
This rating compares the proportion of students who were satisfied with the skill development they experience through their studies. It is based on the extent to which students felt their course developed their critical-thinking skills, ability to solve complex problems and ability to work with others. The University of Notre Dame scores the highest score with 93% while Swinburne University was placed second with 91.7%
This rating compares the employment rates of graduates who were secured full-time employment four months after completing their course. James Cook University in Queensland ranked first with a 98.6% employment rate, followed closely by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with 98.3%.
James Cook University takes the top spot again for highest graduate salary ratings for the nursing field. With the median salary of nursing graduates earning $100,400 a year. QUT secured second place with students earning a median of $90,700 a year.
View all 2020 rankings for nursing by The Good Universities Guide here — filter by level to view both undergraduate and postgraduate ratings.