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 and lead nursing care to individuals and groups, and work independently as well as collaborate in multidisciplinary teams for effective person-centred outcomes.
An opportunity for a specialised professional experience placement is offered in the final year of the course to expose students to career choices.
The course is responsive to contemporary nursing practices and provides content and clinical experiences as follows:
Professional areas: nursing knowledge and development, 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, psychology and sociology for health sciences, legal and ethical studies and research methods.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
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
incorporate creativity, integrity, responsibility and accountability in professional work practices, community activities and ongoing learning
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
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
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
The degree is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and provides the necessary qualification for graduates to be eligible to become a Registered Nurse in Australia.
[Please note: In order to register to practice, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA]’s standards for English language must be met. See the AHPRA web site for further information.]
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
|Location||Session||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Coffs Harbour||1||$25,200 ($3,150 per unit)||016165C|
|Gold Coast||1||$25,200 ($3,150 per unit)||016165C|
|Lismore||1||$25,200 ($3,150 per unit)||016165C|
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.
A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing, has successfully completed sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising any 16 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Nursing.
A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing, has successfully completed eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising any 8 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Nursing.
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.
Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.
Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular unit with professional experience learning.
Subsequent to (a) and (b) above, candidates who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 12 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure professional experience currency prior to continuation of the course.
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.
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.
Schedule of units
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment
|Title||Level of learning||Note|
|Year 1, Session 2|
|BIO00307 - Human Physiology||Introductory Note 10||Note 10|
|NRS10733 - Narratives of Health and Illness||Introductory|
|Year 1, Session 3|
|CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System||Introductory Note 11||Note 11|
|Year 2, Session 1|
|BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy||Introductory|
|NRS10731 - The Discipline of Nursing||Introductory|
|NRS71005 - Essentials of Nursing and Care||Introductory|
|MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners||Introductory Note 12||Note 12|
|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|
|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:||160hrs Acute Care Placement|
|Note 8:||80hrs Aged Care and Leadership Placement|
|Note 9:||160hrs Speciality Placement|
|Note 10:||2018 is the last time this unit will be offered. See information on the School of Health and Human Science website (https://www.scu.edu.au/school-of-health-and-human-sciences/pages/human-physiology-2019/#d.en.205492) for more information regarding changes from 2019|
|Note 11:||Alternatively this unit can be completed in Year 2, Session 1|
|Note 12:||Alternatively this unit can be completed in Year 3, Session 2|