Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion)
Duration18 - 24 months
AED 42,446 / USD 11,566
*VAT 5% inclusive
Note: Yearly fees will vary depending
on number of subjects enrolled in
The efficiency of healthcare systems is largely dependent on nursing, the largest healthcare profession. There are more than 28 million nurses in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for more nurses to prepare for future crises. Investment in nursing and nursing education has become a strategic priority for governments across the world. In the UAE, the diverse population, the dynamic economy, and the rapidly growing healthcare system, warrant more nurses capable of managing patients with various needs and different levels of acuity while utilizing state of the art technology to optimize patients’ outcomes. This also warrants an optimization of nursing roles and the utilization of advanced practice nursing.
At the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), we offer a Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion) (previously known as Bachelor of Nursing - Bridging) program for nurses who have the traditional Diploma, allowing them to earn a full Bachelor of Nursing within 1.5 years. During this journey, students will acquire unique skills in implementation science, leadership, pharmacology, and management of the elderly patients.
To be eligible for this degree you need to be a registered nurse who holds a recognise diploma in nursing and also meet the admission requirements based on the type of high school curriculum you have followed. The requirements based on the most common high school curricula are listed below:
|School System||Bachelor Degree
|UAE (Al-Thanawiyya Al-Aama)||Elite or Advanced Track 70%, General Track 75%|
|Arab Countries (Al-Thanawiyyah Al-Aama)||70%|
|American High School Diploma||Overall average grade of C
(70% or 2.5/4.0)
|Bangladesh (HSC)||GPA of 3.0 / 5.0|
|British GCE Curriculum||Minimum 5 IGCSE/GCSE subjects and
2AS/ 1A level subject(s)
|Chinese Senior High School||60%|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||20 Points|
|India (CBSE & ICSE) Grade 12||50%|
|Iran (Pre-University Certificate)||11|
|Nigeria (WAEC & NECO)||Minimum of 7 subjects with no more than 1 "Pass"|
|Pakistan (Higher Secondary School Certificate)||50%|
|CIS Countries (Attestat)||Average 3/5|
All students applying for these programs are required to have an EmSAT in Mathematics with a score of 600 or equivalent.
Students with qualifications from other curriculum should contact the Student Recruitment and Admissions department at UOWD to determine their eligibility.
At UOWD, all classes are taught in English and in order to enrol in a bachelor’s degree you will need to submit one of the following certificate of English language proficiency:
|English Language Testing||Bachelor Degree
|IELTS (Academic)||Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.0
Minimum score of 5.0 in Reading & Writing
|Computer based TOEFL||173|
|International paper based TOEFL*||500|
|EmSAT Achieve – English||1100|
* Students admitted under this criterion must complete the test at AMIDEAST.
To make an application for your chosen program, complete the online application form and submit it along with all your supporting documentation (see below) prior to the application deadline.
Late applications may be accepted subject to the availability of places but applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Please ensure that all these documents accompany your application for admission form submittal:
- An original or certified copy of your secondary school records
- A Statement or Certificate of Completion of secondary school
- Proof of your English language proficiency
(Note: Results from IELTS & TOEFL tests may be sent to the University directly from the IELTS or TOEFL testing centres quoting the UOWD institution code IELTS: AE109 / TOEFL: 7907)
- UAE ID (if applying from within the UAE)
- A copy of your passport (and Residence Visa, if resident in the UAE).
Additionally, if you are seeking advance standing in your chosen program:
Certified copies of official academic transcripts showing all courses studied and grades obtained, syllabus details (including information on course content) of the courses you successfully completed and an explanation of the grading system.
All applicants for admission who have completed the Thanaweya Al-Amma must get their certificates attested by the UAE Ministry of Education.
Applicants from all other curriculum, who have completed their high school from UAE, are required to obtain equivalency of their high school qualifications from the UAE Ministry of Education.
In these circumstances, you will be provisionally admitted to the University and permitted to commence the first semester of study, subject to you obtaining the required attestation/equivalency.
You must have your secondary school records and Certificates of Completion certified by:
- The issuing Board of Secondary Education OR a recognised authority for secondary education
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the host country
- The UAE Embassy in that host country OR the Embassy of the host country in UAE must attest the authenticity of the documents and attestations and the UAE ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In special cases where complying with conditions (2) and (3) are not feasible, the certificates may be verified against originals by Embassies in the UAE and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In these circumstances, you will be provisionally admitted to the University and permitted to commence the first semester of study.
If you are unable to secure the attestations as outlined above you will be asked to sign a “Consent to Provide Documents” form agreeing to secure the equivalency. You will be permitted to commence your studies at UOWD, but will be given a maximum of one semester to obtain the attested certificate(s). UOWD reserves the right to take appropriate action against any applicant who cannot secure the appropriate documentation in this time, which may result in the termination of the student’s enrolment at UOWD.
To obtain the Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion) you will need to complete the subjects listed as core subjects. The subjects combine to provide a comprehensive blend of academic, practical and leadership skills to help you succeed in the nursing profession.
There is an increasing demand for qualified nursing professionals to support the UAE’s growing healthcare sector. With the professional, technical and interpersonal skills that you will develop through this program, you will be well placed to take up challenging and rewarding positions in both clinical and non-clinical settings such as:
- Learning Disability Specialist
- Nursing Administrator
Accreditation and Recognition
On successful completion of the two-year program you will meet the Ministry requirements to practice as a Registered Nurse in the UAE.
All degrees at the University of Wollongong in Dubai are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the UAE Ministry of Education and are licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). In addition, the degree is quality assured by UOW, which is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of the higher education sector in Australia.
Students will be issued a UOW Australia degree upon graduation. This degree does not lead to registration in Australia.
Dr Suzanne Robertson-Malt
(Director Health Sciences)
Dr Suzanne Robertson-Malt is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and is the Discipline Leader for the Bachelor of Nursing (Bridging) and the Master of Nursing programs. She has a keen interest in Leadership, Clinical Research, Evidence.Read More