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Nursing remains top tertiary choice as offers go out to 8000

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Nursing continues to be a university course of choice for the State’s year 12 graduates and tops the list of 8000 tertiary offers to be made early Thursday.

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The large numbers of school leavers keen to enter nursing is reflective of the past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic and an increasing demand for health care workers.

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre will make offers to 8406 students who finished year 12 in 2021. A further 6729 offers will also be made, at the same time, to other applicants, such as interstate residents and other non 2021 school-leavers.

It is the second round of university offers to be made by QTAC and means that almost 25,000 Queensland students will have been offered a place to study.

QTAC’s acting chief executive officer, Lisa Silver, said nursing and health continue to sit at the top as the most popular courses. It was a similar situation a year ago and reflects the health care environment.

“In a time when physical and mental health is so important, it’s reassuring to see our next generation of health professionals coming through,” Silver said.

She said the business, engineering, arts, science and education round out the top 20 courses offered to year 12 students in this round.

According to QTAC, a total of 2894 offers in the health field will be made, followed by 1531 in society and culture, which encompasses law, economics and psychology and 1209 in the natural and physical sciences such as mathematics and physics.

The Bachelor of Nursing places will be offered at University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the Australian Catholic University. Places for a Diploma of Nursing will be offered at TAFE Queensland.

The first round of QTAC offers was made on December 23 and another round, after Thursday, will be made on January 21. QTAC has urged students not to panic if they do not receive an offer this week.

“Now is the time to review your application or apply,” Silver said. “If you have had a change of heart, you can now log in and change your preferences to be considered for future offer rounds. There are many alternative pathways to tertiary study and QTAC is happy to talk to you about your options.”

Institutions are also now accepting applications for Semester 2.

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