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.

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.

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 person-centred 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

construct nursing practices on a comprehensive knowledge base to inform clinical reasoning and decision making to deliver sound judgements, safe, quality person centred care

use and contribute to research as a basis for ongoing professional inquiry and evidence based nursing practice responsive to holistic patient/consumer need

Creativity

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

Ethical practice

assimilate 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

integrate and demonstrate the scope of nursing practice and a command of the factors that influence health outcomes for person centred care in a range of contexts

Lifelong learning

possess comprehensive clinical abilities to apply reflective and analytical skills in initiating, prioritising, performing, managing and evaluating nursing practices in a range of diverse consumer and health related circumstances and environments

Communication and social skills

demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively with the consumer, the nursing team or as a member of an interdisciplinary health care teams and effectively lead the delivery of nursing

Cultural competence

apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, a local and international perspective, and respect for the identity and dignity of all persons

Supervised clinical placements provide students with experiences of nursing (totalling about 850 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.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements (e.g. a working with children check and National Police Certificate). Prior to applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.

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 $24,080 ($3,010 per unit) 016165C
Gold Coast Session 1 $24,080 ($3,010 per unit) 016165C
Lismore Session 1 $24,080 ($3,010 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 shall successfully complete the equivalent of twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising all units listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules and complete all professional experience hours assigned to the units in which they are enrolled.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Student Progression

A candidate who has twice not satisfactorily met the requirements of units which include professional experience learning 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 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. Candidates who have an interrupted study of more than 18 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


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

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
NRS10733 - Narratives of Health and Illness Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
NRS10731 - The Discipline of Nursing Introductory
NRS71005 - Essentials of Nursing and Care Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
NRS71001 - Nursing and Lifespan Health Introductory
NRS71003 - Health Assessment Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
NRS20002 - Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
NRS72001 - Mental Health Nursing Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
NRS72003 - Chronic Illness and Nursing Care Intermediate
NRS72007 - Human Response to Health Breakdown Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
NRS72005 - Primary Health Care and Nursing Practices Intermediate
NRS72009 - Health Maintenance and Restorative Nursing Care Intermediate
Year 5, Session 1
NRS73007 - Nursing Management of Acute Health Breakdown Advanced
NRS73001 - Acute Care Nursing Advanced
Year 5, Session 2
NRS30005 - Complex Challenges in Nursing Care Advanced
NRS30004 - Care Management and Leadership Advanced
Year 6, Session 1
NRS73005 - The Emerging Practitioner Advanced
NRS30001 - Utilising Research to Promote Quality in Health Care Advanced
Year 6, Session 2
NRS73009 - Transformative Nursing Practices Advanced Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
NRS10733 - Narratives of Health and Illness Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
NRS10731 - The Discipline of Nursing Introductory
NRS71005 - Essentials of Nursing and Care Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
NRS71003 - Health Assessment Introductory
NRS71001 - Nursing and Lifespan Health Introductory
From Year 3, follow the Session 1 Commencement - Full time from Year 2 for full-time progression or the Session 1 Commencement - Part time from Year 3 for part-time progression

Title Level of learning Note
Session 3 prior to Year 1
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
Then follow the course progression for Session 1 Commencement (full-time or part-time) excluding the completed unit/s

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: 40hrs Observation Placement
Note 3: 120hrs General Placement
Note 4: 120hrs Chronic Illness Placement
Note 5: 120hrs Primary Care Placement
Note 6: 80hrs Mental Health Placement
Note 7: 120hrs Acute Care Placement
Note 8: 80hrs Aged Care and Leadership Placement
Note 9: 160hrs Speciality Placement