Bachelor of Nursing

Why study the Bachelor of Nursing at UNE?

Nursing plays a key role in health services across the world, and professional nurses work in a wide variety of settings. The Bachelor of Nursing equips graduates with the key knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of nursing. Students who successfully complete 6 trimesters of full-time study (or part time equivalent) exit with a Bachelor of Nursing and are eligible to seek Registered Nurse status with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) as a professional nurse in Australia and by mutual recognition in New Zealand. The course aims to give graduates an appreciation of the value of life-long learning and a firm foundation for further study at a postgraduate level.

Units are offered in all three trimesters allowing students to complete the course in two calendar years if they wish.

In addition, students who hold an un-restricted Enrolled Nurse qualification registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) who enter in the second year of the course and successfully complete two years (four trimesters) of full time study may receive a Bachelor of Nursing and eligibility for Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).

Beginning students may commence study in Trimester 1 of the first year of the course. During the first two trimesters they will undertake Science for Nursing and Foundations of Nursing units, which will be offered via blended learning in the on-campus mode only. This study mode consists of fully on-campus face-to-face teaching of all theory and clinical skills and off-campus clinical placements of betweem 80 and 160 hours across the various trimesters of study. The second and third years of the course will be offered both on campus and online via the Blended Learning mode*.

Enrolled Nurses may enter at Trimester 1 or 2 of the second year of the course. Students commencing in Trimester 1 may study either on campus or online. Trimester 2 is available online only under a pilot program with teaching sessions based on the Tamworth Hospital campus at the University Department of Rural Health. Teaching will comprise attendance at regular classes for the duration of the trimester (at Tamworth).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing degree with a grade point average 5.5 or better overall in the final two years, and who are practising Registered Nurses may apply for the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours.

* Blended learning refers to a combination of mandatory on-campus intensive schools, structured online learning and clinical practice blocks.

Alternative Pathway

Students may seek to enter via an alternative pathway. This pathway provides opportunity for those who may not meet other entry requirements to commence an undergraduate nursing course if they are deemed suitable.

All applicants (including UAC/QTAC applicants) who choose to apply via this pathway must complete a special written application form as part of the application process.

The special written application pathway will only allow for entry at the beginning of Year 1.

UNE has been at the forefront of nurse education longer than any other university in Australia. UNE was the first tertiary education provider in Australia to offer distance education for nurses. UNE nurse graduates are well respected within the profession, they are critical thinkers and well prepared educationally for the professional challenges they will face. The 880 hours of supervised clinical practice over six trimesters ensures that students are well prepared for their roles as professional nurses when they complete their course.

This course is offered On campus Full-time or Part-time in year 1, then On campus or Online, Full-time or Part-time in years 2 and 3.

Trimester 2 entry is available for: Online Full-time or Part-time students admitted under Rule (b) at the Tamworth location only.

Trimester 3 entry is available for: On campus Full-time international pathway students admitted under Rule (c) only.

Career Opportunities

Employment as a Registered Nurse in a range of health related areas and environments.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 or 2 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2017 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 3, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BN
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 008620G; 071722M
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 or 2 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
2017 ATAR 72.55
2017 OP 12
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students [Admitted under Rule (a) or (c)] apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

3 years (144 credit points)

(a) (i) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); and

(ii) if admitted on the basis of an Australian school-leaving qualification, have achieved a pass in English and a science subject (other than Mathematics) in that school-leaving qualification; or

2 years (96 credit points)

(b) hold an unrestricted Enrolled Nurse qualification with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority or equivalent under the Australian Quality Framework; or

2 years 3 months (108 credit points)

(c) for international students hold a minimum 2 year FTE post-secondary equivalent to AQF Level 5 Diploma in Nursing and be registered, licensed or recognised in their own country as registered or a professional nurse in the last ten years; and (i) have an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5 with no sub-band score less than 6.0 (or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 91 in the Internet-based Text with not less than 22 in the written component and 20 in Listening, Speaking and Reading); or (ii) successful completion of an advanced EAP program at the University of New England English Language Centre (equivalent to IELTS 6.5); or

3 years (144 credit points)

(d) successfully complete an application under an Approved Admission Scheme and Pathway

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English, any two units of science.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Clinical Requirements

Clinical Placement is an essential part of the UNE Nursing Pre Registration Programs. There are several mandatory requirements that need to be completed as part of the University enrolment process. Please note a number of these requirements take some time to complete, thus students are advised to commence processes immediately to ensure early compliance requirements are met. Please note that there are NSW Ministry of Health and UNE requirements that must be met by all students before placement.

NSW Ministry of Health requirements

To be eligible to attend clinical placement all Bachelor of Nursing students must meet NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements within the ClinConnect system by week 9 of the first trimester of study (as per the nursing planner for the year of study). These include:

1. Adult Vaccination** as per the NSW Ministry of Health requirements for Category A Health Care Workers (Any interim compliance issued by NSW Ministry of Health has individual dates of issue and expiry)

2. National Criminal History Check**:

Students must have a current (expires 3 years from date of issue) National Criminal History check and International students must also have an International Police Check or statutory declaration. A valid National Criminal history check must comply with the following requirements:

It must be from a CrimTrac Accredited Broker Agency (as listed on the CrimTrac website) or an Australian State NSW Police or Territory Police Force or the Australian Federal Police, and

It must state that it is a National or Australia wide check, and

It must include the student's full name and their date of birth, and

It must not have any offences listed (students with criminal history must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the Employment Screening and Review Unit, NSW HealthShare), and

The name on the Police Certificate must be the same name as on the Student's ID card.

3. Completion of mandatory NSW Ministry of Health NSW Working with Children Check** ( Valid for 5 years from date of issue)

A Mental Health 1st Aid Certificate

A Manual Handling certificate applicable to the health sector **

** Indicates requirements that have expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for the student's entire candidature.

Pre-Registration Nursing Uniform and Personal Protective Equipment

Students are advised that the approved UNE Pre Registration Nursing Uniform MUST be worn at all times during clinical placement and in clinical laboratory or simulated learning in nursing labs. All students are required to purchase the approved UNE Nursing shirt and Trousers from UNE Campus Essentials. Other garments may be purchased elsewhere however MUST comply with approved guidelines. Further information regarding additional garments will be made available to students once they have enrolled into the course and given access to the Clinical placement Moodle site.

Additionally students must ensure that they comply with NSW Ministry of Health and Private Health organisation Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines. All facilities require that students purchase individual PPE eyewear for use on placement.

Student Declaration/Fitness for Practice Form

All new students of the UNE nursing courses will be required to complete an electronic Student Declaration form at the commencement of the degree, by the due date. Students must read the document carefully and ensure that they fully understand and comply with all compulsory requirements for the clinical component of the program. Students MUST complete the document prior to commencement of their first Clinical Placement.

It is the individual student's responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the contents of the declaration, including all associated documents and abide by it at all times when enrolled in the nursing degree.

Students who are aware of any chronic or acute injuries, illnesses or other such issues that may affect the safety of themselves or others in the clinical setting will be required to provide a Fitness for Practice Certificate signed by their Medical Practitioner prior to commencement of placement

More detailed information regarding each of the specific requirements including TB screening can be found on the ClinConnect website and the School of Health Nursing Clinical Placements site. Additional screening arrangements for tuberculosis (if required) will be advised once students have arrived at UNE.

Non-compliance with the above requirements will result in students being ineligible for placement. This will result in a fail grade for the attached unit. Compliance with all the above requirements at all times remains the sole responsibility of the student.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Candidates must complete 880 hours of clinical practice, which is undertaken in each trimester in health facilities in NSW. Clinical practice is normally organised in block placements of two to four weeks throughout the six trimesters of the course. Clinical placements occur in most area health services of NSW.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule(b) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 48 credit points.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 36 credit points.

Applications for advanced standing cannot be assessed unless the units that you are seeking credit for are complete. If you are currently enrolled in a course and will not receive the results before the advanced standing closing dates please submit a new application once you have obtained the results.

Nursing students who seek Advanced Standing based on previous nursing studies undertaken at UNE or another university are assessed not just on unit equivalence but also on recency of study and clinical practice. If previous studies are more than three years old, students may be required to repeat portions of the equivalent unit, in particular the clinical practice requirements. This is in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency.

No advanced standing will be granted for HSNS365.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents. There are also many scholarships offered from a variety of sources. A full list of scholarships and contact details may be accessed on the UNE School of Health Nursing website

Academic Colours

Peony Red (BCC 37)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Nursing in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) (i) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures), and
(ii) if admitted on the basis of an Australian school-leaving qualification, have achieved a pass in English and a science subject (other than Mathematics) in that school-leaving qualification; or
(b) hold an unrestricted Enrolled Nurse qualification with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency or equivalent under the Australian Quality Framework; or
(c) for international students hold a minimum 2 year FTE post-secondary equivalent to AQF Level 5 Diploma in Nursing and be registered, licensed or recognised in their own country as registered or a professional nurse in the last ten years; and (i) have an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5 with no sub-band score less than 6.0 (or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 91 in the Internet-based Text with not less than 22 in the written component and 20 in Listening, Speaking and Reading); or (ii) successful completion of an advanced EAP program at the University of New England English Language Centre (equivalent to IELTS 6.5); or
(d) successfully complete an application under an Approved Admission Scheme and Pathway.

Additional Requirements
Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Clinical Requirements

Clinical Placement is an essential part of the UNE Nursing Pre Registration Programs. There are several mandatory requirements that need to be completed as part of the University enrolment process. Please note a number of these requirements take some time to complete, thus students are advised to commence processes immediately to ensure early compliance requirements are met. Please note that there are NSW Ministry of Health and UNE requirements that must be met by all students before placement.

NSW Ministry of Health requirements

To be eligible to attend clinical placement all Bachelor of Nursing students must meet NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements within the ClinConnect system by week 9 of the first trimester of study (as per the nursing planner for the year of study). These include:

  1. Adult Vaccination** as per the NSW Ministry of Health requirements for Category A Health Care Workers (Any interim compliance issued by NSW Ministry of Health has individual dates of issue and expiry)
  2. National Criminal History Check**:

Students must have a current (expires 3 years from date of issue) National Criminal History check and International students must also have an International Police Check or statutory declaration. A valid National Criminal history check must comply with the following requirements:

  • It must be from a CrimTrac Accredited Broker Agency (as listed on the CrimTrac website ) or an Australian State NSW Police or Territory Police Force or the Australian Federal Police, and
  • It must state that it is a National or Australia wide check, and
  • It must include the student's full name and their date of birth, and
  • It must not have any offences listed (students with criminal history must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the Employment Screening and Review Unit, NSW HealthShare), AND
  • The name on the Police Certificate must be the same name as on the Student's ID card.Completion of mandatory NSW Ministry of Health forms.
  1. Completion of mandatory NSW Ministry of Health forms.
UNE specific placement Requirements

In addition to the above, students must meet UNE requirements by week 9 of the first Trimester of Study (as per the nursing planner for the year of study).
These include:

  • Current Adult First Aid Certificate issued by a Work Cover approved provider (expires 3 years from date of issue) OR for Enrolled Nurses, current (less than one year old) Health Service issued CPR certification.
  • A NSW Working with Children Check** (Valid for 5 years from date of issue)
  • A Mental Health 1st Aid Certificate
  • A Manual Handling certificate applicable to the health sector**

** Indicates requirements that have expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for the student's entire candidature.

Pre-Registration Nursing Uniform and Personal Protective Equipment

Students are advised that the approved UNE Pre Registration Nursing Uniform MUST be worn at all times during clinical placement and in clinical laboratory or simulated learning in nursing labs. All students are required to purchase the approved UNE Nursing shirt and Trousers from UNE Campus Essentials. Other garments may be purchased elsewhere however MUST comply with approved guidelines. Further information regarding additional garments will be made available to students once they have enrolled into the course and given access to the Clinical placement Moodle site.
Additionally students must ensure that they comply with NSW Ministry of Health and Private Health organisation Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines. All facilities require that students purchase individual PPE eyewear for use on placement.

Student Declaration /Fitness for Practice Form

All new students of the UNE nursing courses will be required to complete an electronic Student Declaration form at the commencement of the degree, by the due date. Students must read the document carefully and ensure that they fully understand and comply with all compulsory requirements for the clinical component of the program. Students MUST complete the document prior to commencement of their first Clinical Placement.
It is the individual student's responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the contents of the declaration, including all associated documents and abide by it at all times when enrolled in the nursing degree.
Students who are aware of any chronic or acute injuries, illnesses or other such issues that may affect the safety of themselves or others in the clinical setting will be required to provide a Fitness for Practice Certificate signed by their Medical Practitioner prior to commencement of placement.
More detailed information regarding each of the specific requirements including TB screening can be found on the ClinConnect website and the School of Health Nursing Clinical Placements site. Additional screening arrangements for tuberculosis (if required) will be advised once students have arrived at UNE.

Non-compliance with the above requirements will result in students being ineligible for placement. This will result in a fail grade for the attached unit. Compliance with all the above requirements at all times remains the sole responsibility of the student.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 48 credit points.
Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 36 credit points.

Applications for advanced standing cannot be assessed unless the units that you are seeking credit for are complete. If you are currently enrolled in a course and will not receive the results before the advanced standing closing dates please submit a new application once you have obtained the results.

Nursing students who seek Advanced Standing based on previous nursing studies undertaken at UNE or another university are assessed not just on unit equivalence but also on recency of study and clinical practice. If previous studies are more than three years old, students may be required to repeat portions of the equivalent unit, in particular the clinical practice requirements. This is in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency.

No advanced standing will be granted for HSNS365.

Period of Candidature

1. For candidates admitted under Rule (a) and (d), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

2. For candidates admitted under Rule (b), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to five years as a part-time candidate.

3. For candidates admitted under Rule (c), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to five and a half years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award, a candidate admitted under the Rules must pass units to the value of 144 credit points including at least 42 credit points at 300 level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a) and (d)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 144 cps
Total 144 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 96 cps
Total 144 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 36 cps
Core Units 108 cps
Total 144 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Nursing.

Progression Requirement

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) must successfully complete both HHSC157 and HSNS206 prior to progressing to the remainder of the program. Candidates who fail to meet this course specific progression requirement will be asked to show cause as to why their candidature should not be excluded from the course.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Community welfare and Wellbeing on completion of 48 credit points of core Bachelor of Nursing units.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Diploma in Community Welfare and Wellbeing must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University or external accreditation body requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to prepare students who are eligible for registration as professional nurses with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency, and who are equipped with the knowledge and skills for the practice of nursing at the bachelor level. They will be educated to assume the role of a beginning professional practitioner in a variety of health care settings and to provide evidence-based, creative, sensitive and responsible nursing care to the clients with whom they work. The course also aims to produce graduates who appreciate the value of life-long learning and who have a firm foundation for further study at the postgraduate level.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. provide safe, thoughtful, creative, responsive and evidence-based nursing care at a beginning practitioner level;
  2. analyse and evaluate assessment findings to apply the appropriate knowledge and skills to the provision of nursing care to people in a variety of healthcare settings;
  3. demonstrate an appreciation and respect of the rights of individual people to make choices regarding their own health and the care they receive;
  4. demonstrate support, facilitative skills and advocacy for vulnerable people who are unable to make or implement choices for themselves by virtue of their condition;
  5. exhibit an understanding of nurses' roles in the provision of primary health care and generate and implement education strategies for health and health promotion;
  6. demonstrate the ability to apply nursing knowledge and skills to act as a change agent within the healthcare system; and
  7. maintain and extend their nursing knowledge and skills by a process of experiential learning, reading and research.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students progressively develop a sound knowledge of the discipline of nursing in preparation for their roles as professional nurses through participation in online and face-to-face learning activities and clinical practice. Knowledge of the discipline will be assessed through written assignments, online tests, examinations, assessment of clinical skills in the clinical laboratory. Students will engage in learning activities in which global perspectives of nursing practice will be discussed and debated. They will be expected to show their understanding of the global nature of nursing in written assessments and demonstrate this understanding on assessed clinical placements.

Communication Skills

Students will be taught and practise relevant oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in all the units of this course. Assessment of communication skills will occur through written assignments and through assessment of clinical competence in practice.

Problem Solving

Students are taught problem-solving skills as they engage with issues of clinical governance and practise development in online, face-to-face and clinical practice activities. Their ability to solve problems is assessed across all assessment tasks in the course.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is practised and assessed through the assignment tasks attached to each unit of the course. Students are taught research skills and how to access and assess information from a variety of online and paper-based information sources.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Students learn about and develop the capacity to make ethically sound, morally just and socially responsible decisions in all the nursing units of this course. They apply this knowledge specifically to patient advocacy, safety and quality issues. They are assessed on this knowledge across all assessment tasks and apply it in practice while on assessed clinical placements.

Lifelong Learning

Students are required to set ongoing learning objectives at each stage of the course and as they prepare to transition to practice and to progressively refine their plan for continuing professional development in their nursing career. These approaches to lifelong learning will be assessed in the student's professional portfolios and in practice on clinical placements.

Independence and Collaboration

Students are taught theories of team dynamics and teamwork as they relate to a range of health care settings in all nursing units of this course. They participate as members of a health care team where they will develop and refine their skills, understanding and ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a health care team during their assessed clinical placements.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students [Admitted under Rule (a) or (c)] apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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