Course summary

The Bachelor of Nursing provides students with a combination of foundational science, professional knowledge and clinical experiences to comprehensively prepare graduates for a career in nursing and health. The degree aims to produce graduates with the competence, confidence and flexibility to adapt to changes and contribute to innovation in the nursing profession and the health care system.

Graduates are equipped to apply sound evidence-based reasoning skills to their nursing practice, provide therapeutic care to patients, coordinate nursing care to individuals and groups, and work independently as well as collaborate in multidisciplinary teams for effective outcomes.

This course is also suitable for Enrolled Nurses (graduates of the HLT Enrolled Nurse Diploma) or equivalent qualification, who wish to achieve the Bachelor of Nursing in two years. Students undertaking this pathway must commence the course in Session 1.

The Bachelor of Nursing provides students with a combination of foundational science, professional knowledge and clinical experiences to comprehensively prepare graduates for a career in nursing and health. The degree aims to produce graduates with the competence, confidence and flexibility to adapt to changes and contribute to innovation in the nursing profession and the health care system.

Graduates are equipped to apply sound evidence-based reasoning skills to their nursing practice, provide therapeutic care to patients, coordinate nursing care to individuals and groups, and work independently as well as collaborate in multidisciplinary teams for effective outcomes.

This course is also suitable for Enrolled Nurses (graduates of the HLT Enrolled Nurse Diploma) or equivalent qualification, who wish to achieve the Bachelor of Nursing in two years. Students undertaking this pathway must commence the course in Session 1.

The course is responsive to contemporary nursing practices and provides content and clinical experiences as follows:

Professional areas: critical thinking and analysis, provision and coordination of care, independent and collaborative care, primary health care, mental health, acute and complex care, chronic disease management, palliative care, leadership and care management, aged care.

Biological sciences: anatomy, physiology, patho-physiology and pharmacology.

Social sciences: Australian health care system, Indigenous studies, philosophy, psychology and sociology for health sciences, legal and ethical studies and research methods.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills in clinical reasoning and decision making and the ability to use and contribute to research as a basis for ongoing professional inquiry and evidence based nursing practice

Creativity

Incorporate creativity, integrity, responsibility and accountability in work practices, community activities and ongoing learning

Ethical practice

Possess professional attributes and adhere to professional ethical and legal standards set by the profession to ensure safe and effective nursing practice

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad and integrated understanding of the scope of nursing practice and a command of the factors that influence health outcomes

Lifelong learning

Possess sound clinical skills and the ability to apply reflective and analytical skills in initiating, prioritising and managing nursing practice in challenging and diverse circumstances

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary health care teams and effectively lead the delivery of nursing

Cultural competence

Attain the required level of professional proficiency in practice to meet standards set by the ANMAC for entry to the professional register

Supervised clinical placements provide students with experiences of nursing (totalling 1 040 hours) in settings relevant to their areas of study in government and private hospitals and health agencies. This may include acute and low care health facilities; community settings; mental health facilities; extended residential aged care; GP practices; health promotion and education; intensive care; health clinics; accident and emergency; palliative care; primary health care settings and related nursing and health services within metropolitan, regional and rural areas throughout NSW and south-east QLD. Visit scu.edu.au/healthplacements

The degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and provides the necessary qualification for graduates to be eligible to become a Registered Nurse in Australia.


Course overview

Course code

3005105

Course abbreviation

BN

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 335151 055151
Gold Coast Session 1 335164 055471
Lismore Session 1 335101 055011

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Coffs Harbour Session 1 $22,160 ($2,770 per unit) 016165C
Gold Coast Session 1 $22,160 ($2,770 per unit) 016165C
Lismore Session 1 $22,160 ($2,770 per unit) 016165C

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Nursing, a candidate:

  1. shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules, and have satisfactorily met the requirements for all professional experience placement; or
  2. who is an Enrolled Nurse and admitted on the basis of Admission Requirements, Clause c, will be required to successfully complete 180 credit points, comprising all units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules, and have satisfactorily met the requirements for all professional experience placement.

Student Progression

  1. Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) of the Formation Based Learning Units (Clinical or Professional Experience).
  2. Notwithstanding the above, candidates who have an Interrupted Study Sequence of more than 18 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure clinical currency prior to continuation with the course.
  3. A candidate who has twice not satisfactorily met the requirements in a Formation Based Clinical unit or Professional Experience Placement will either be:
    1. excluded from the award; or
    2. subject to adequately demonstrated grounds of appeal (consistent with University Policy), permitted to re-enrol in a Formation Based Clinical Unit following approval by the Head of School.
  4. A candidate who has failed the equivalent of thirty six (36) credit points within one academic year (three (3) study sessions) will either be:
    1. excluded for a maximum of one (1) study period.  Students must provide evidence of having obtained study skills assistance during the period of exclusion; or
    2. subject to adequately demonstrated grounds of appeal (consistent with University Rule 2, Section 10), permitted to enrol following approval by the Head of School. 

Duration

The maximum duration for completion of the award of Bachelor of Nursing is seven (7) years in total which includes any period for a leave of absence.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory
NRS10731 - The Discipline of Nursing Introductory
NRS10732 - Utilising Philosophy in Nursing Practice Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
NRS10733 - Narratives of Health and Illness Introductory
NRS10734 - Formation Based Learning: Skills Platform for Nursing Practice Introductory Note 1
MWF10663 - Research and Evidence Based Practice Intermediate
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
NRS20001 - Formation Based Learning: Primary Care Introductory Note 1
NRS20002 - Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Intermediate
NRS20003 - Providing Effective Interventions in Mental Health and Psychiatric Contexts Intermediate
NRS20004 - Formation Based Learning: Chronic Illness and Nursing Care Intermediate Note 1
NRS30002 - Preparation for Entry to Practice Advanced
NRS30001 - Utilising Research to Promote Quality in Health Care Advanced
NRS30003 - Formation Based Learning: Acute Health Breakdown Advanced Note 1
NRS30005 - Complex Challenges in Nursing Care Advanced
NRS30004 - Care Management and Leadership Advanced
NRS30006 - Formation Based Learning: Transitions in Health Advanced Note 1

Part B - Enrolled Nurse Applicants


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: Linked to PEPCON1: Chronic Health Nursing (80hrs)
Note 3: Linked to PEPCON2: Mental Health Nursing (80hrs)
Note 4: Linked to PEPCON3: Primary Health (80hrs)
Note 5: Linked to PEP1: Professional Understanding (40hrs)
Note 6: Linked to PEP2: Skills Development (120hrs)
Note 7: Linked to PEP3: Primary Care (120hrs)
Note 8: Linked to PEP4: Chronic Health Nursing (160 hrs)
Note 9: Linked to PEP5: Mental Health Nursing (80 hrs)
Note 10: Linked to PEP6: Acute Health Nursing (160 hrs)
Note 11: Linked to PEP7: Complex Nursing with a Leadership Element (160 hrs)
Note 12: Linked to PEP8: Transitions in Health/Nominated Preference (160 hrs)