Bachelor of Nursing

Why study the Bachelor of Nursing at UNE?

The Bachelor of Nursing is offered On Campus and Online and either Full-time or Part-time. Both On Campus and Online students participate in structured and timetabled learning activities.

Nursing plays a key role in health services across the world, and registered 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 registered nursing.

Students who successfully complete 6 trimesters of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing and are eligible to apply to become a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The course gives 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.

Students who have an un-restricted Enrolled Nurse registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) can apply under Admission Rule (b) and can complete in four trimesters of full-time study (or part-time equivalent).

The Bachelor of Nursing also offers two admission pathways for International Students under Admission Rule (c) and Rule (d).

All students are required to undertake professional experience placements. Students must meet additional requirements prior to attending this. It is strongly recommended students commence the mandatory requirements for compliance prior to commencing the course.

Domestic students may study on campus at Armidale or online, commencing Trimester 1 only. Online study necessitates attendance at on campus Intensive schools. Participation in online supervised assessments and structured and timetabled learning activities is required of students enrolled in both on campus and online study.

Note: International Students admitted under Rule (c) will have an On Campus intake in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 at Armidale or UNE Sydney (Parramatta). Quotas will apply at each campus and the campus you may be offered may not be your first choice. International Students admitted under Rule (d) will be able to study On Campus at Armidale only, commencing in Trimester 3.

Some units offered Online may have Mandatory Intensive Schools. These Intensive Schools will only be held in Armidale.

Some teaching activities may be scheduled on weekends.

Alternative Admission Pathway

Early and alternative entry pathways are offered to students who do not meet entry criteria based on previous, formal study.

Prospective domestic nursing students who do not meet admission criteria may be able to commence in the Diploma of Community Welfare and Wellbeing or a UNE Enabling Program which consists of two units that provide a foundation for university study and two units that are in first year of the Bachelor of Nursing (HLTH101 Information and Evidence in Health and Social Care and HLTH103 Communication for Healthcare Professionals).

Please Note: for Domestic applicants applying under Rules (a), (b) and (e), applications closed Friday 10 January 2020 as quotas for 2020 have been met.

Career Opportunities

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

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

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

FEES

CSP
International

Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank

72.55

2020 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

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

UNE Sydney Campus

Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, On Campus

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

All domestic students apply through the link below

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Study in the Bachelor of Nursing under Rule (c), in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3, is available at Armidale or UNE Sydney Campus for On Campus full-time international students.

Study in the Bachelor of Nursing under Rule (d), in Trimester 3, is only available at Armidale for On Campus full-time international students.

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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:

(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

(b) hold unrestricted Enrolled Nurse registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA); or

(c) be an international student who has completed a minimum AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree, in a health related discipline* area from a recognised university overseas, and not be currently registered to practice as a nurse in Australia; location available for UNE Sydney or Armidale on campus only, commencing in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3; and at least one of the following criteria must be met: (i) English is the applicant's first language; or (ii) comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Admission and English Language Requirements higher than the University minimum requirement Annex for Courses in Nursing (Conferring Eligibility for Registered Nurse Status; or

(d) be an international student that holds 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. Location available for Armidale on campus only commencing in Trimester 3; and comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Admission and English Language Requirements higher than the University minimum requirement Annex for Courses in Nursing (Conferring Eligibility for Registered Nurse Status. This pathway is only available to candidates from education providers with which UNE has signed a formal partnership agreement; or

(e) successfully complete an application under an Approved Admission Scheme and Alternative Pathway.

*Health related discipline areas may include, but is not limited to: Social Work; Community Services; Paramedicine; Allied Health; Biomedical Science; Pharmacy; Medicine.

Additional Requirements

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

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

Professional Experience Placement is an essential part of the Bachelor of Nursing. There are several mandatory requirements that need to be completed as part of the clinical placement process.

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.

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 Record Check**:

Students must have a current National Criminal Record Check and a valid National Criminal Record Check must comply with the following requirements:

It must be from an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Broker Agency Accredited Body 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. Overseas Criminal record Check (International Students only)

International students need to provide a copy of a recent police check from their home country to NSW Health. If the police check has not been translated into English, students will be required to sign and provide a statutory declaration outlining any offences they may have committed in their home country.

4. NSW Health Forms: These forms are set out by NSW Health and are required to completed and submitted by students in order to meet compliance. They are NSW Health Code of Conduct, Undertaking/Declaration Form, TB Assessment Tool.

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

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:

Completion of a mandatory NSW Working with Children Check.

Complete a UNE approved Basic Life Support and Manual Handling Course - Information on the course including dates will be provided to students at the commencement of their first Trimester of the course.

Must have passed Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) or any other relevant hurdle assessment, before attending placement.

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

Nursing Uniform and Personal Protective Equipment

Students are advised that the approved UNE Nursing Uniform MUST be worn at all times during professional experience placement and in clinical 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.

All facilities require that students purchase individual PPE eyewear for use on placement.

Student Declaration/Fitness for Practice Form

All students in UNE Nursing courses will be required to complette an electronic student declaration form annually.

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 Health NSW website.

UNE Medical centre or private GP Clinics can provide additional screening if required.

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 800 hours of professional experience placement (Rules (a), (c) (d) and (e)); 640 hours (Rule (b) EN); which is undertaken in each trimester in health facilities in NSW. Professional Experience Placement is in blocks of two to four weeks each trimester of the course. Professional Experience Placements occur in most area health services of NSW. Students should be aware that there are costs associated with professional experience such as uniforms, vaccination, accommodation and travel.

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 42 credit points.

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

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

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 unit 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. Advanced standing may not be granted for professional experience placement units completed more than two years ago.

No advanced standing will be granted for HSNS376.

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 Scholarships 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 2020.

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 unrestricted Enrolled Nurse registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA); or
(c) be an international student who has completed a minimum AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree, in a health related discipline* area from a recognised university overseas, and not be currently registered to practice as a nurse in Australia; location available for UNE Sydney or Armidale on campus only, commencing in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3; and at least one of the following criteria must be met: (i) English is the applicant's first language; or (ii) comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Admission and English Language Requirements higher than the University minimum requirement Annex for Courses in Nursing (Conferring Eligibility for Registered Nurse Status); or
(d) be an international student that holds 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. Location available for Armidale on campus only commencing in Trimester 3; and comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Admission and English Language Requirements higher than the University minimum requirement Annex for Courses in Nursing (Conferring Eligibility for Registered Nurse Status); This pathway is only available to candidates from education providers with which UNE has signed a formal partnership agreement; or
(e) successfully complete an application under an Approved Admission Scheme and Alternative Pathway.

*Health related discipline areas may include, but is not limited to: Social Work; Community Services; Paramedicine; Allied Health; Biomedical Science; Pharmacy; Medicine.

Additional Requirements
Inherent Requirements

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

Professional Experience Requirements

Professional Experience Placement is an essential part of the Bachelor of Nursing. There are several mandatory requirements that need to be completed as part of the clinical placement process.

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. 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 National Criminal Record Check and a valid National Criminal Record Check must comply with the following requirements:

  • It must be from an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Broker Agency Accredited Body 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. Overseas Criminal Record Check (International Students only): International students need to provide a copy of a recent police check from their home country to NSW Health. If the police check has not been translated into English, students will be required to sign and provide a statutory declaration outlining any offences they may have committed in their home country.

4. NSW Health Forms: These forms are set out by NSW Health and are required to be completed and submitted by students in order to meet compliance. They are NSW Health Code of Conduct, Undertaking/Declaration Form, TB Assessment Tool.

UNE Specific placement requirements

In addition to the above, students must meet UNE requirements by week 8 of the first Trimester of Study (as per the nursing planner for the year of study).
These include:

  • Completion of mandatory NSW Working with Children Check
  • Complete a UNE approved Basic Life Support and Manual Handling Course - Information on the course including dates will be provided to students at the commencement of their first Trimester of the course.
  • Must have passed Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) or any other relevant hurdle assessment, before attending placement.

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

Nursing Uniform and Personal Protective Equipment

Students are advised that the approved Nursing Uniform MUST be worn at all times during professional experience placement and in clinical laboratories. 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.

All facilities require that students purchase individual PPE eyewear for use on placement.

Student Declaration /Fitness for Practice Form

All students in UNE nursing courses will be required to complete an electronic Student Declaration form annually.

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 Health NSW website.

UNE Medical Centre or private GP Clinics can provide additional screening if required.

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 42 credit points.

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

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

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 unit 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. Advanced standing may not be granted for professional experience placement units completed more than two years ago.

No advanced standing will be granted for HSNS376.

Period of Candidature

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

2. For candidates admitted under Rules (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 (five trimesters) or three years (six trimesters as a full-time candidate).

3. For candidates admitted under Rule (d), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two and a half years (five trimesters) as a full-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.

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 (e), offered at Armidale on campus or online, commencing in Trimester 1 only
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 144 cps
Total 144 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rules (b), offered at Armidale on campus or online, commencing in Trimester 1 only
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 96 cps
Total 144 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rules (c), offered at Armidale or UNE Sydney Campus, on campus only, commencing in Trimester 2 or Trimester 3
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 42 cps
Core Units 102 cps
Total 144 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rules (d), offered at Armidale, on campus only, commencing in Trimester 3
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

(a) Candidates admitted under Rule (c) and Rule (d) must successfully complete HSNS207 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 be continued.

(b) Students are required to satisfactorily complete and attain a grade of Pass or higher in each year's clinical experience units before progressing to the next year's clinical experience.

(c) If there is more than 24 calendar months since the student was in a clinical practice setting, the student may be required to complete a supplementary Clinical Placement before attending placement within 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 to meet the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), 2016).

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a well-developed understanding of health from individual, family, community, population and global perspectives;
  2. apply knowledge and skills to provide culturally appropriate, quality, safe, thoughtful, creative, responsible and evidence-based nursing in a variety of healthcare settings;
  3. respect the rights of individuals to make choices regarding their own health and the care they receive;
  4. advocate for vulnerable people who are unable to make or implement choices for themselves by virtue of their condition;
  5. value and incorporate health promotion and health education within nursing practice;
  6. practice within legal and ethical parameters and demonstrate accountability for their own practice;
  7. enact clinical leadership and act as a change agent within the healthcare system in order to improve outcomes for individuals and communities; and
  8. embrace the use of technology both in nursing practice and continuing professional development in order to maintain and extend their nursing knowledge and skills through experiential and self-directed learning.
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

Study in the Bachelor of Nursing under Rule (c), in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3, is available at Armidale or UNE Sydney Campus for On Campus full-time international students.

Study in the Bachelor of Nursing under Rule (d), in Trimester 3, is only available at Armidale for On Campus full-time international students.

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