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Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelors Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    BN

  • Course code

    3005105

  • Credit points

    288


Overview

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.

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 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.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 335151 055151
Gold Coast Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 335164 055471
Lismore Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 335101 055011

Career Outcomes

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.

Requirements

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.

Course requirements

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 structure

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

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
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

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
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

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
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

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

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
CMM10580 The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BIO10662 Systemic Anatomy Introductory
NRS10731 The Discipline of Nursing Introductory Note 2
NRS71005 Essentials of Nursing and Care Introductory
BIO00307 Human Physiology Introductory
NRS10733 Narratives of Health and Illness Introductory
NRS71001 Nursing and Lifespan Health Introductory
NRS71003 Health Assessment Introductory Note 3
PHA00315 Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
NRS72007 Human Response to Health Breakdown Intermediate Note 4
NRS72003 Chronic Illness and Nursing Care Intermediate
NRS20002 Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Intermediate
NRS72005 Primary Health Care and Nursing Practices Intermediate Note 5
NRS72009 Health Maintenance and Restorative Nursing Care Intermediate
MAT71004 Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
NRS72001 Mental Health Nursing Intermediate Note 6
NRS73005 The Emerging Practitioner Advanced
NRS30001 Utilising Research to Promote Quality in Health Care Advanced
NRS73001 Acute Care Nursing Advanced
NRS73007 Nursing Management of Acute Health Breakdown Advanced Note 7
NRS30005 Complex Challenges in Nursing Care Advanced
NRS30004 Care Management and Leadership Advanced Note 8
NRS73009 Transformative Nursing Practices Advanced Note 1, Note 9