Course summary

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 nursing graduate are excellent. In the Good Universities Guide 2020, Southern Cross achieved 5-stars for nursing graduate employment outcomes, and the highest result for a NSW university for graduate median salary (Good Universities Guide 2020).

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 nursing graduate are excellent. In the Good Universities Guide 2020, Southern Cross achieved 5-stars for nursing graduate employment outcomes, and the highest result for a NSW university for graduate median salary (Good Universities Guide 2020).

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.

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

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

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

Supervised clinical placements of approximately 880 hours provide students with nursing experience 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 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) 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

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 N/A N/A
Gold Coast Session 1 N/A N/A
Lismore Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Coffs Harbour Session 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 016165C
Gold Coast Session 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 016165C
Lismore Session 1 $27,600 ($3,450 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 to receive the Bachelor of Nursing, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising all core units.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising any 16 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 8 units (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 Faculty of Health 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

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 specified practice or theory to ensure 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. 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.