Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Nursing is designed to prepare students for the role of the registered nurse. The course incorporates a range of nursing subjects as well as behavioural science, physical science, ethics and professional subjects relevant to contemporary nursing practice. Graduates of the course are capable of delivering a high standard of confident, safe and therapeutic nursing care in a variety of health care settings. They demonstrate nursing care that is patient-centred, informed and responsible. Clinical learning is a key element of the course with clinical placements in health care settings occurring in every session. Learning technologies such as simulation, which is undertaken within faculty clinical practice laboratories, assist students in preparing for clinical practice. Across the course students develop an e-portfolio to showcase their abilities and facilitate career planning. In the third year of the course students are able to pursue an area of nursing interest by choosing a clinical specialty elective.
The course comprises 144 credit points, made up of nursing theory, science and clinical practice in a range of health facilities. Full-time students study four subjects per session and part-time students study two subjects per session. This course includes extensive nursing practice, which is a compulsory component. Students undertake nursing professional experience in a variety of healthcare and community settings. Clinical placements occur in blocks each session and are in addition to time spent in the nursing clinical practice laboratories that simulate the clinical environment. Inherent requirements are essential components. The placements involve morning and evening shifts and in the final year some night duty may occur. The final year of the program has prolonged periods of clinical experience.
Standard entry requirements
Australian Year 12 qualification, AQF Diploma, or equivalent qualification at the required level. The requirements specified above apply to the standard, 3-year mode of the course. Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated: Graduate Entry: successful completion of an Australian (or equivalent) bachelor degree within the past 8 years. The focus of the previous degree should have a human physical/behavioural science base and should reflect the student's attainment of communication and academic writing skills. Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated: Enrolled Nurse Certificate or Diploma Entry: completed and commenced studies in or after 2009 in either: the TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) or the TAFE Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), or AHPRA approved Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) or Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) leading to eligibility to enrol as a nurse with AHPRA.
Nurses and Midwives Board New South Wales
Hospital-trained enrolled nurses are not eligible for the accelerated course. Successful applicants are given advanced standing (eight subjects = 48 credit points) for their previous studies and are able to complete the course in two years full time with no pre-session or summer schools. Students who receive block credit of 48 credit points are not eligible for any further credit reduction against their course of study. The Bachelor of Nursing is offered at City campus on a full-time basis over three years and a part-time basis over six years, The Accelerated Program: Graduate Entry is offered at City campus on a full-time basis over two years and a part-time basis over four years including a pre-session school in February at commencement and Summer session. The Accelerated Program: Enrolled Nurse is offered at City campus on a full-time basis over two years and a part-time basis over four years.
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