Nurses are the heart and soul of healthcare, and nursing is a career where you can make a positive difference in the lives of others every day.
Our Bachelor of Nursing is taught in state-of-the-art facilities, including laboratories that simulate real healthcare settings. You will develop the ability to apply knowledge and evidence-based clinical reasoning skills to a 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.
Supervised clinical placements provide invaluable nursing experience in public and private hospitals and health agencies with an option in third year to undertake a specialised professional experience placement where you can explore your diverse career options.
This degree is a strong foundation for a nursing career in a number of settings, with options including primary health, mental health, chronic disease, leadership and care management. Your employment prospects as a Southern Cross University graduate are excellent — 95 per cent of our nursing graduates find employment shortly after graduation (QILT, 2018).
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. This year we are joining the WHO in celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, by sharing the stories and successes of the Southern Cross nursing and midwifery community.
The course is responsive to contemporary nursing practice 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 approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and provides the necessary academic qualification for eligibility as 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||$27,600 ($3,450 per unit)||016165C|
|Gold Coast||1||$27,600 ($3,450 per unit)||016165C|
|Lismore||1||$27,600 ($3,450 per unit)||016165C|
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Nursing, students must complete 288 credit points, comprising all core units.
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing 192 credit points, comprising any 16 core units.
Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing 96 credit points, comprising any 8 core units.
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.
Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.
Students 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.
Students 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. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit 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|
|BIO71002 - Human Physiology I||Introductory|
|NRS10733 - Narratives of Health and Illness||Introductory|
|Year 1, Session 3|
|BIO71003 - Human Physiology II||Introductory|
|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 9||Note 9|
|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.|
|Note 1:||Double-weighted unit|
|Note 2:||120hrs General Placement|
|Note 3:||160hrs Chronic Illness Placement|
|Note 4:||120hrs Primary Care Placement|
|Note 5:||80hrs Mental Health Placement|
|Note 6:||160hrs Acute Care Placement|
|Note 7:||80hrs Aged Care and Leadership Placement|
|Note 8:||160hrs Speciality Placement|
|Note 9:||Alternatively this unit can be completed in Year 3, Session 2|