University of Technology Sydney

C10122v13 Bachelor of Nursing

Award(s): Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
UAC code: 606000 (FT) (Autumn session), 606001 (PT) (Autumn session), 606004 (Enrolled Nurse) (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 2021 should refer to the course description in the 2021 handbook.

Bachelor of Nursing course is accredited 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


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

Overview

The UTS Bachelor of Nursing course prepares students for the exciting and challenging role of the Registered Nurse. This course is comprised of a comprehensive range of theoretical and clinical nursing subjects that together provide the knowledge, skills and professional values graduates require to provide safe, effective and compassionate nursing care. Our graduates are well prepared for clinical practice and are highly sought after for employment in a wide range of healthcare settings across Australian and internationally.

The School of Nursing & Midwifery at UTS is ranked number 1 in Australia and seventh in the world. (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

The Bachelor of Nursing course is a three year full-time (or equivalent part-time) course consisting of both theoretical and practical components. Clinical learning is a key element of the course and clinical placements in health care settings begin in the Spring session of first year and continue every session thereafter. Simulation-based learning opportunities are integral to the course and designed to assist students in preparing for clinical placements and their future role as a registered nurse. In their final year of study students can choose a clinical specialty elective, for example paediatrics, critical care, peri operative, palliative care or drug and alcohol nursing.

Course aims

Bachelor of Nursing graduates are compassionate, curious, capable and politically astute. They become clinical leaders, change agents and innovative researchers who have a positive impact on the health outcomes of individuals and communities.

Career options

Career options for registered nurses include diverse specialty clinical areas such as community health, critical care, general practice, 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 and nurse academic and researcher (clinical and non-clinical). Note: postgraduate study is required for some of these career paths.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 The ability to plan and provide care that is respectful of each individuals’ needs, values and life experiences
1.1 Demonstrates an ability to provide holistic and compassionate care that takes into account peoples’ lived experience, views and feelings.
1.2 Works in partnership with patients including them in decisions related to their care.
1.3 Advocates for people, if required, to ensure that their cultural values and needs are respected.
2.0 The embodiment of a professional disposition committed to ethical, equitable and legal nursing practice
2.1 Demonstrates accountability and responsibility while working within professional codes and standards.
2.2 Demonstrates a commitment to social justice, valuing diversity and seeking to address disadvantage and inequity in healthcare.
2.3 Demonstrates leadership and the moral courage needed to improve patient outcomes, staff well-being and organisational cultures.
3.0 The ability to communicate and collaborate safely, compassionately and respectfully.
3.1 Demonstrates the ability to develop therapeutic relationships while maintaining professional boundaries.
3.2 Communicates and educates patients in ways that are appropriate to their level of health literacy.
3.3 Works in partnership with healthcare providers and other stakeholders toward common goals that prioritise patients’ values, needs and preferences.
4.0 The ability to provide patient care premised on the best available evidence
4.1 Uses information and communication technologies to access valid sources of evidence.
4.2 Accesses, appraises and critiques multiple sources of evidence and transfers knowledge to practice.
4.3 Accesses, appraises and critiques multiple sources of evidence and transfers knowledge to practice.
5.0 Professional cultural competence that contributes to the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of their physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing
5.1 Discusses how colonisation and racism impacts the current health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians
5.2 Adapts practice to accommodate Indigenous Australians’ cultural needs and values.
5.3 Avoids generalisations and stereotypes when discussing the diversity of Indigenous Australians.
6.0 The intellectual capacity to use theoretical knowledge to address complex and non-routine clinical issues
6.1 Uses creative and rigorous thinking skills to identify and address novel and emergent healthcare problems.
6.2 Uses clinical reasoning skills to accurately assess, interpret and respond to patient data in a systematic and timely manner.
6.3 Critically reflects on and learns from previous experiences to improve future practice.
7.0 The knowledge and skills required for safe and effective patient care
7.1 Demonstrates technical and non-technical skills in the provision of safe effective, legal and ethical nursing care.
7.2 Recognises and responds to human and systems factors that have the potential to jeopardise patient safety.
7.3 Maintains capability to practice taking responsibility for personal factors that have the potential to negatively impact patient safety.

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: Enrolled Nurse Certificate or Diploma Entry: Applicants must have :
  • current Ahpra registration as an Enrolled Nurse, and
  • a Diploma of Nursing completed within the last 5 years.

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.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in each subset; or TOEFL: internet based: 94 overall, reading 24, listening 24, speaking 23, writing 27; or Academic PTE: 65 overall, 65 in each subset; or OET: minimum score of B in each of the 4 components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

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: 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 compulsory clinical placement experiences in a variety of healthcare and community settings. Clinical placements begin in the Spring session of first year and continue every session thereafter. They may involve morning and evening shifts. The final year of the course has extended clinical placements of up to six weeks.

Students must meet all the requirements for clinical placements set out in?Special requirements and policies.?Students are required to be fully vaccinated in order to undertake the Bachelor of Nursing course and must provide evidence of their immunity and/or vaccination status, and screening for tuberculosis (TB) status during their first session of enrolment. Students who do not meet these requirements are unable to undertake clinical placements and as a result are not able to complete the course. Students are also required to undertake Working with Children and Police Checks.

Students must adhere to the requirements in the Ministry of Health policy directive, 'PD2018_009 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 144 credit points of options: 144cp
STM91472 Enrolled Nurse144cp 
STM91471 Standard Program144cp 
Total 144cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10122

Course program

Programs are presented below for standard full-time and part-time attendance, as well as for the Accelerated, Enrolled Nurse program.

Standard Program, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
93201 Foundations of Nursing Practice 1 A   6cp
91562 Health and Homeostasis 1   6cp
93202 Preparation for Clinical Practice   6cp
93203 Healthcare Communication   6cp
Spring session
93204 Foundations of Nursing Practice 1B   6cp
91561 Health and Homeostasis 2   6cp
93205 Health and Society   6cp
93206 Introduction to Clinical Practice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
93207 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2A   6cp
93208 Clinical Practice 2A   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
93209 Nursing Care of the Older Person 6cp  
93213 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
93210 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B   6cp
93211 Clinical Practice 2B   6cp
93212 Indigenous Health and Well-Being   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
93209 Nursing Care of the Older Person 6cp  
93213 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
93214 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
93216 Clinical Practice 3A   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 Speciality Practice: Drug and Alcohol Nursing 6cp  
92482 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Women's Health 6cp  
93470 Introduction to Speciality Practice: Chronic Care Nursing 6cp  
Spring session
93217 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3B   6cp
93218 Empathy and Compassion for Nursing Practice   6cp
93219 Transition to Professional Practice   6cp
93220 Leading, Teaching and Mentoring   6cp
Standard Program, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
91562 Health and Homeostasis 1   6cp
93203 Healthcare Communication   6cp
Spring session
91561 Health and Homeostasis 2   6cp
93205 Health and Society   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
93201 Foundations of Nursing Practice 1 A   6cp
93202 Preparation for Clinical Practice   6cp
Spring session
93204 Foundations of Nursing Practice 1B   6cp
93206 Introduction to Clinical Practice   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
93209 Nursing Care of the Older Person 6cp  
93213 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
Spring session
93212 Indigenous Health and Well-Being   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
93209 Nursing Care of the Older Person 6cp  
93213 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
93207 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2A   6cp
93208 Clinical Practice 2A   6cp
Spring session
93210 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B   6cp
93211 Clinical Practice 2B   6cp
Year 5
Autumn session
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   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 Speciality Practice: Drug and Alcohol Nursing 6cp  
92482 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Women's Health 6cp  
93470 Introduction to Speciality Practice: Chronic Care Nursing 6cp  
Spring session
93214 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A   6cp
93216 Clinical Practice 3A   6cp
Year 6
Autumn session
93218 Empathy and Compassion for Nursing Practice   6cp
93220 Leading, Teaching and Mentoring   6cp
Spring session
93217 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3B   6cp
93219 Transition to Professional Practice   6cp
Enrolled Nurse, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
93200 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2A   6cp
93222 Clinical Practice 2A   6cp
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
93223 Nursing Care of the Older Person   6cp
Spring session
93224 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B   6cp
93225 Clinical Practice 2B   6cp
93226 Indigenous Health and Well-Being   6cp
93227 Fundamentals of Mental Health   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
93228 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
93229 Clinical Practice 3A   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91093 Electives 6cp  
Spring session
93230 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3B   6cp
93231 Empathy and Compassion for Nursing Practice   6cp
93232 Transition to Professional Practice   6cp
93233 Leading, Teaching and Mentoring   6cp
Enrolled Nurse, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
93223 Nursing Care of the Older Person   6cp
Spring session
93226 Indigenous Health and Well-Being   6cp
93227 Fundamentals of Mental Health   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
93200 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2A   6cp
93222 Clinical Practice 2A   6cp
Spring session
93224 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B   6cp
93225 Clinical Practice 2B   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91093 Electives 6cp  
Spring session
93228 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A   6cp
93229 Clinical Practice 3A   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
93231 Empathy and Compassion for Nursing Practice   6cp
93233 Leading, Teaching and Mentoring   6cp
Spring session
93230 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3B   6cp
93232 Transition to Professional 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 who undertake an additional year of full-time study, or two years of part-time study.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited 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

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