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C10122v11 Bachelor of Nursing

Award(s): Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
UAC code: 606000 (FT) (Autumn session) , 606001 (PT) (Autumn session) , 606004 (Accelerated Program: Enrolled Nurse2010onwards) (Autumn session) , 606005 (Accelerated Program: Graduate Entry) (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 019877B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Notes

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing (standard and accelerated program) before 2016 should refer to the course description in the 2015 handbook.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Applications
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

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.

Course aims

The course aims to prepare graduates who are independent lifelong learners to be attuned to the needs of patients from diverse backgrounds; are patient-centred and value collaboration with patients and colleagues; seek evidence in the exercise of clinical judgment and safe practice; and act in a professional, compassionate and ethical manner. In addition, graduates are prepared to foster the development of nursing as a practice discipline and demonstrate leadership in health care.

Career options

Career options for registered nurses include working in diverse specialty areas such as community health, critical care, intensive care, aged care, mental health, operating theatres and paediatrics. Career progression opportunities include working as a clinical nurse consultant, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, nurse manager, nurse practitioner or rural and remote practice nurse.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Embody a professional disposition committed to excellence, equity and sustainability
1.1 Demonstrate a professional identity which acknowledges the value of the nurse as a therapeutic agent
1.2 Demonstrate the characteristics and skills required for professional engagement and effective lifelong learning
1.3 Assume a leadership role, self-initiate and evaluate, manage change and take responsibility within scope of practice
1.4 Accept professional accountability and responsibility for quality and safe care concomitant with scope of practice
1.5 Exhibit moral, ethical and honourable professional practice and promote health equity by recognising and seeking to address disadvantage and injustice
2.0 Engage in person-centred care that is appropriately sensitive to the needs of individuals, families and communities
2.1 Practise person-centred, holistic care in which all aspects of the patient's wellbeing are considered
2.2 Respond equitably and appropriately within diverse settings to the needs and interests of people from diverse backgrounds
2.3 Advocate for the rights of the individual patient, family or patient group
2.4 Promote the use of preventative health strategies to reduce the risk of disease and/or ameliorate severity of illness
3.0 Communicate and collaborate effectively and respectfully with diverse groups
3.1 Communicate fluently and effectively for safe therapeutic and collaborative practice
3.2 Appreciate the value of communication to negotiate and create shared understandings as well as to develop and sustain professional relationships
3.3 Speak, read, write and listen effectively and with sensitivity to different audiences and contexts
3.4 Communicate in a culturally safe and appropriate way
4.0 Inquire critically to assess a body of evidence to inform practice
4.1 Demonstrate information literacy and technology skills and effectively apply these in the exercise of clinical judgement
4.2 Evaluate and apply effective and creative solutions to the improvement of nursing practice and patient care
4.3 Inquire critically to apply knowledge for the purposes of patient and professional education
4.4 Comply with intellectual academic writing practices and use information ethically, legally and respectfully
5.0 Competently apply knowledge and skills to ensure safe and effective nursing practice
5.1 Demonstrate competence in clinical judgment, technical abilities and the skills expected of a new graduate nurse and meet or exceed the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for registration as a nurse
5.2 Practise effectively within the regulatory frameworks, standards and codes of practice
5.3 Use contemporary clinical information technologies to manage patient information and optimise the provision of safe and high quality care
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The requirements specified above apply to the standard, three-year mode of the course. The accelerated program has the following requirements.

  • Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated: Graduate Entry: applicants who have successfully completed an Australian (or overseas equivalent) bachelor's degree within the past eight years are eligible to apply. The focus of the previous bachelor's degree should have a human physical/ behavioural science base and should reflect the student's attainment of communication and academic writing skills. Applicants are assessed on an individual basis with successful applicants given advanced standing as block credit transfer equivalent to four subjects (24 credit points). Students who receive block credit of 24 credit points are not eligible for any further credit reduction against their course of study. This course can be completed in two years including two pre-session subjects in January/February and two summer subjects. Successful completion of the two pre-session subjects is required to progress into the Accelerated: Graduate Entry course.
  • Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated: Enrolled Nurse Certificate or Diploma Entry: applicants must have completed and commenced their studies in or after 2010 in either:
    1. the TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) or the TAFE Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), or
    2. an Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (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.

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.

As part of its duty of care to patients and clients receiving health care in NSW, anyone who works in a NSW public health facility must first undergo a criminal record check. You must provide UTS with either evidence that a criminal record check has been conducted on you in your country, or a statutory declaration that you have no criminal record in your country of residence or in any country you have resided in. Participation in screening and vaccination against infectious diseases are prerequisites for students undertaking clinical placements in health facilities.

Non-current school leavers are strongly advised to upload a personal statement to their UAC application by 30 November 2017.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Local students

The UTS Year 12 Adjustment Factor Scheme awards adjustment factors to students based on their performance in selected high school subjects that are relevant to the course they have applied for.

International students

Applicants to the standard three-year course who have successfully completed a recognised pathway program in Australia can also apply.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Applications

The TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) and work experience do not satisfy the University's English proficiency requirements.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Any two units of science and any two units of mathematics are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

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.

Course structure

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.

Industrial training/professional practice

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.

All nursing students must adhere to the requirements in the Ministry of Health policy directive, 'PD2011_005 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases', prior to commencement of any clinical practice placements.

The policy should be read in full as it outlines students' obligation for screening and immunisation against certain infectious diseases prior to commencing their clinical placement. Students are asked to provide evidence of their immunity or vaccination status, and screening for tuberculosis (TB) status may also be required prior to the commencement of the first clinical placement. Students should be aware that if they do not meet the requirements of the policy they cannot commence the placement and as a result are not able to complete the course.

Students are also required to undertake Employment Checks – Criminal Record Checks and Working with Children Checks.

Course completion requirements

Select one of the following: 144cp
      STM91040 Standard program144cp 
      STM90331 Accelerated entry (BN)144cp 
Total 144cp

Course program

Programs are presented below for standard full-time and part-time attendance, as well as for the Accelerated, Enrolled Nurses and Accelerated, Graduate Entry programs.

Standard, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
92430 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 1   6cp
91562 Health and Homeostasis 1   6cp
92431 Human Life Course Development   6cp
92432 Health and Society   6cp
Spring session
92433 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 2   6cp
91561 Health and Homeostasis 2   6cp
92434 Professional Identity   6cp
92435 Communication and Diversity   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92440 Evidence for Nursing   6cp
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
92441 Contemporary Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
Autumn or Spring session
92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing   6cp
92437 Nursing Care of the Older Person   6cp
92438 Medical Surgical Nursing   6cp
92439 Family and Children's Nursing   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical   6cp
92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions   6cp
92444 Professional Accountability   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
92470 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Aboriginal Community Engagement 6cp  
92471 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Care of the Older Person 6cp  
92472 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Community Health Nursing 6cp  
92473 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Critical Care Nursing 6cp  
92474 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Child and Family Health Nursing 6cp  
92475 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Global Health 6cp  
92476 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
92477 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Paediatric Nursing 6cp  
92478 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Palliative Care 6cp  
92479 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Perioperative Nursing 6cp  
92480 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health 6cp  
92481 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Substance Use Disorders 6cp  
92482 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Women's Health 6cp  
Spring session
92445 Integrated Nursing Practice   6cp
92446 Complex Nursing Care: Mental Health   6cp
92447 Navigating Transition   6cp
92448 Leadership for Beginning Practice   6cp
Standard, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
92431 Human Life Course Development   6cp
92432 Health and Society   6cp
Spring session
92434 Professional Identity   6cp
92435 Communication and Diversity   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92430 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 1   6cp
91562 Health and Homeostasis 1   6cp
Spring session
92433 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 2   6cp
91561 Health and Homeostasis 2   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
92437 Nursing Care of the Older Person   6cp
92440 Evidence for Nursing   6cp
Spring session
92439 Family and Children's Nursing   6cp
92441 Contemporary Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing   6cp
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
92438 Medical Surgical Nursing   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
Year 5
Autumn session
92444 Professional Accountability   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
92470 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Aboriginal Community Engagement 6cp  
92471 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Care of the Older Person 6cp  
92472 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Community Health Nursing 6cp  
92473 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Critical Care Nursing 6cp  
92474 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Child and Family Health Nursing 6cp  
92475 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Global Health 6cp  
92476 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
92477 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Paediatric Nursing 6cp  
92478 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Palliative Care 6cp  
92479 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Perioperative Nursing 6cp  
92480 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health 6cp  
92481 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Substance Use Disorders 6cp  
92482 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Women's Health 6cp  
Spring session
92446 Complex Nursing Care: Mental Health   6cp
92448 Leadership for Beginning Practice   6cp
Year 6
Autumn session
92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical   6cp
92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions   6cp
Spring session
92445 Integrated Nursing Practice   6cp
92447 Navigating Transition   6cp
Accelerated Graduate Entry, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
91528 Health and Homeostasis   6cp
92449 Health Assessment and Nursing Therapeutics   6cp
92450 Medical Surgical Nursing (Graduate Entry)   6cp
92440 Evidence for Nursing   6cp
92432 Health and Society   6cp
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
92451 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing (Graduate Entry)   6cp
92435 Communication and Diversity   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
Summer session
92439 Family and Children's Nursing   6cp
92437 Nursing Care of the Older Person   6cp
92441 Contemporary Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical   6cp
92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions   6cp
92444 Professional Accountability   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
92470 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Aboriginal Community Engagement 6cp  
92471 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Care of the Older Person 6cp  
92472 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Community Health Nursing 6cp  
92473 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Critical Care Nursing 6cp  
92474 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Child and Family Health Nursing 6cp  
92475 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Global Health 6cp  
92476 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
92477 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Paediatric Nursing 6cp  
92478 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Palliative Care 6cp  
92479 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Perioperative Nursing 6cp  
92480 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health 6cp  
92481 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Substance Use Disorders 6cp  
92482 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Women's Health 6cp  
Spring session
92445 Integrated Nursing Practice   6cp
92446 Complex Nursing Care: Mental Health   6cp
92447 Navigating Transition   6cp
92448 Leadership for Beginning Practice   6cp
Accelerated Graduate Entry, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
91528 Health and Homeostasis   6cp
92449 Health Assessment and Nursing Therapeutics   6cp
92432 Health and Society   6cp
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
92435 Communication and Diversity   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
Summer session
92437 Nursing Care of the Older Person   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92450 Medical Surgical Nursing (Graduate Entry)   6cp
92440 Evidence for Nursing   6cp
Spring session
92439 Family and Children's Nursing   6cp
92451 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing (Graduate Entry)   6cp
Summer session
92441 Contemporary Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical   6cp
92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions   6cp
Spring session
92446 Complex Nursing Care: Mental Health   6cp
92445 Integrated Nursing Practice   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
92444 Professional Accountability   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90819 Choice 6cp  
Spring session
92447 Navigating Transition   6cp
92448 Leadership for Beginning Practice   6cp
Accelerated Enrolled Nurse Entry, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
92432 Health and Society   6cp
92440 Evidence for Nursing   6cp
92438 Medical Surgical Nursing   6cp
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
92439 Family and Children's Nursing   6cp
92441 Contemporary Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical   6cp
92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions   6cp
92444 Professional Accountability   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
92470 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Aboriginal Community Engagement 6cp  
92471 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Care of the Older Person 6cp  
92472 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Community Health Nursing 6cp  
92473 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Critical Care Nursing 6cp  
92474 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Child and Family Health Nursing 6cp  
92475 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Global Health 6cp  
92476 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
92477 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Paediatric Nursing 6cp  
92478 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Palliative Care 6cp  
92479 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Perioperative Nursing 6cp  
92480 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health 6cp  
92481 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Substance Use Disorders 6cp  
92482 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Women's Health 6cp  
Spring session
92445 Integrated Nursing Practice   6cp
92460 Complex Nursing Care: Caring for the Older Person   6cp
92447 Navigating Transition   6cp
92448 Leadership for Beginning Practice   6cp
Accelerated Enrolled Nurse Entry, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
92432 Health and Society   6cp
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
92441 Contemporary Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92438 Medical Surgical Nursing   6cp
92440 Evidence for Nursing   6cp
Spring session
92439 Family and Children's Nursing   6cp
92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical   6cp
92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions   6cp
Spring session
92460 Complex Nursing Care: Caring for the Older Person   6cp
92445 Integrated Nursing Practice   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
92444 Professional Accountability   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90819 Choice 6cp  
Spring session
92447 Navigating Transition   6cp
92448 Leadership for Beginning Practice   6cp

Rules and regulations

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes. There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the Bachelor of Nursing. Some domains have a number of sub-domains. The domains are:

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Sensory ability
  • Strength and mobility
  • Sustainable performance.

It is a requirement of this course to complete a number of clinical placements. Clinical placements involve a nursing student going into a clinical setting to undertake the practical components of the course required for registration. If a student has a condition or disability that prevents them from completing a placement, completion of the degree may be hindered. Students should consult the full inherent requirements (461kb PDF)

Honours

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (C09018) is available to eligible students with an additional year of full-time study, or two years of part-time study.

Professional recognition

This course is subject to accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). See the faculty rules for more information.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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