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 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 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 880 hours) in settings relevant to their areas of study in public and private hospitals and health agencies. These 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 QLD and may include national or international opportunities.
 
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 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.]


Course overview

Course code

3005105

Course abbreviation

BN

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

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

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
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

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.

Exit Awards

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.

Progression

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.

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.

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.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory
NRS10731 - The Discipline of Nursing Introductory
NRS71005 - Essentials of Nursing and Care Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 10 Note 10
NRS10733 - Narratives of Health and Illness Introductory
NRS71001 - Nursing and Lifespan Health Introductory
NRS71003 - Health Assessment Introductory Note 3 Note 3
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
NRS72007 - Human Response to Health Breakdown Intermediate
NRS72003 - Chronic Illness and Nursing Care Intermediate Note 4 Note 4
NRS20002 - Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Intermediate
NRS72005 - Primary Health Care and Nursing Practices Intermediate
NRS72009 - Health Maintenance and Restorative Nursing Care Intermediate Note 5 Note 5
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
NRS72001 - Mental Health Nursing Intermediate Note 6 Note 6
NRS73005 - The Emerging Practitioner Advanced
NRS30001 - Utilising Research to Promote Quality in Health Care Advanced
NRS73001 - Acute Care Nursing Advanced Note 7 Note 7
NRS73007 - Nursing Management of Acute Health Breakdown Advanced
NRS30005 - Complex Challenges in Nursing Care Advanced
NRS30004 - Care Management and Leadership Advanced Note 8 Note 8
NRS73009 - Transformative Nursing Practices Advanced Note 1, Note 9 Note 1, Note 9

Course progressions

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 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 Note 10 Note 10
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 Note 1

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

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: 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