Bachelor of NursingBachelors Degree
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.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
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
Incorporate creativity, integrity, responsibility and accountability in work practices, community activities and ongoing learning
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
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
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 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.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Coffs Harbour||Session 1 , Session 2||335151||055151|
|Gold Coast||Session 1 , Session 2||335164||055471|
|Lismore||Session 1 , Session 2||335101||055011|
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Nursing, a candidate:
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
A candidate who has twice not satisfactorily met the requirements in a Formation Based Clinical unit or Professional Experience Placement will either be:
- excluded from the award; or
- 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.
A candidate who has failed the equivalent of thirty six (36) credit points within one academic year (three (3) study sessions) will either be:
- 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
- subject to adequately demonstrated grounds of appeal (consistent with University Rule 2, Section 10), permitted to enrol following approval by the Head of School.
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.
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. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Available||Credit points||Level of learning||Notes|
|Session 1, Year 1|
|NRS20006 - Foundations to Nursing||Intermediate|
|BIO20003 - Intermediate Anatomy and Physiology||Intermediate|
|MWF10663 - Research and Evidence Based Practice||Intermediate|
|PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology||Introductory|
|Session 2, Year 1|
|NRS20005 - Nursing Practices||Intermediate||Note 1|
|NRS20002 - Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning||Intermediate|
|Session 1, Year 2|
|NRS30001 - Utilising Research to Promote Quality in Health Care||Advanced|
|NRS30002 - Preparation for Entry to Practice||Advanced|
|NRS30003 - Formation Based Learning: Acute Health Breakdown||Advanced||Note 1|
|Session 2, Year 2|
|NRS30004 - Care Management and Leadership||Advanced|
|NRS30005 - Complex Challenges in Nursing Care||Advanced|
|NRS30006 - Formation Based Learning: Transitions in Health||Advanced||Note 1|
Linked to PEPCON1: Chronic Health Nursing (80hrs)
Linked to PEPCON2: Mental Health Nursing (80hrs)
Linked to PEPCON3: Primary Health (80hrs)
Linked to PEP1: Professional Understanding (40hrs)
Linked to PEP2: Skills Development (120hrs)
Linked to PEP3: Primary Care (120hrs)
Linked to PEP4: Chronic Health Nursing (160 hrs)
Linked to PEP5: Mental Health Nursing (80 hrs)
Linked to PEP6: Acute Health Nursing (160 hrs)
Linked to PEP7: Complex Nursing with a Leadership Element (160 hrs)
Linked to PEP8: Transitions in Health/Nominated Preference (160 hrs)
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Level of learning||Notes|
|CMM10580||The Australian Health Care System||Introductory|
|NRS10731||The Discipline of Nursing||Introductory|
|NRS10732||Utilising Philosophy in Nursing Practice||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|
|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