Bachelor of Nursing (No Further Intake)

Students commencing from 2015 should refer to the handbook for our new program:
Bachelor of Nursing

Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.

Bachelor of Nursing

Information correct as at

31st Aug 2015 2:05am

Program Code


Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face - All courses include the following two components, resources provided by the Course Coordinator and interactive learning. The mode of delivery for each of these components will vary according to the site of offer of courses.


Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

Term Type


Relevant University rules and policies



This program is available to continuing students only and is not open to new enrolments.

Nurses are an essential part of the health care system and work to promote and maintain the health of individuals and communities. Nursing provides varied career opportunities and nurses fulfil diverse roles such as clinicians, educators, researchers, managers and consultants.

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Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Students holding the following qualifications may be eligible for specified credit on application:

  • A TAFE Diploma in Nursing,
  • Enrolled nurses holding a TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled Nurse)
  • Enrolled nurses holding a TAFE Advanced Certificate in Enrolled Nursing or a TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled Nursing) who have also completed the TAFE/Newcastle University Enrolled Nursing Bridging Program
  • Registration as a professional nurse with a Approved Overseas Nursing Registration Authority
  • All courses must have been completed within the last seven years.

Compulsory Program Requirements

Clinical experience includes laboratory simulation activities and off campus experience in a range of clinical facilities including medical-surgical, acute psychiatric and aged care facilities. Off campus experience involves a minimum of 30 weeks in total of placement in various facilities, with increasing time in years 2 and 3. Nursing students undertake clincial experience in community centres, aged care settings, mental health facitities, major teaching hospitals and the University Department of Rural Health facilities throughout the Hunter/Central Coast Health and mid North Coast Health provide clinical learning opportunities.

Post-admission Requirements

  • Immunisation Requirements - All students in the Bachelor of Nursing degree need be fully immunised before commencing clinical placement.
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration
  • National Police Certificate

Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

HUBS1401 - Human Bioscience

HUBS1416 - Advanced Human Bioscience

NURS1272 - Partnerships in Health Practice

NURS2182 - Prudence in Nursing

NURS2193 - Nursing Therapeutics and Aged Clients

NURS2194 - Gastrointestinal Nursing Therapeutics

NURS2283 - Prudence and Nursing Research

NURS2295 - Mental Health and Nursing Therapeutics in Primary Care

NURS2296 - Cardiovascular /Respiratory Nursing Therapeutics

NURS3163 - Sexuality and Families

NURS3184 - Prudence and Professional Nursing

NURS3197 - Emergency Nursing Therapeutics

NURS3198 - Health Breakdown and Indigenous Populations

NURS3273 - Transition to Professional Practice A

NURS3274 - Transition to Professional Practice B

Professional Recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (under AHPRA)

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Nursing degree offered by The University of Newcastle requires completion of 240 units of approved courses.

  • 200 units of Core Nursing courses,
  • 20 units of Core Human Bioscience courses,
  • 10 units of Electives
  • 10 units of Directed Courses.

NURS2230 Clinical for International Nurses is available only to International Registered Nurses and must be taken by International Registered Nurses as their Directed Course in Second Year.

Transition Arrangements

Transition arrangements for Pre-2005 students: Individual assessment will be made to determine the most appropriate course/s in the revised structure for students who fall into the following categories:

  • students who study on a part time basis,
  • students who have been on leave,
  • students who have failed a course,
  • students who are not able to complete courses within the proposed schedule for other reasons.

This will allow students to complete the Bachelor of Nursing program and be eligible to apply for registration with the Nurses and Midwives Board. Students must contact the Program Convenor for further information and/or assistance.

Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

HUBS1406Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
HUBS1416Advanced Human Bioscience
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS1171Introduction to Health Clinical PracticeNot currently offered10 units
NURS1181Foundations of NursingNot currently offered10 units
NURS1272Partnerships in Health PracticeNot currently offered10 units
NURS1291Nursing Therapeutics & Health BreakdownNot currently offered10 units
NURS1292Nursing Therapeutics & MedicationsNot currently offered10 units
NURS2182Prudence in NursingNot currently offered10 units
NURS2193Nursing Therapeutics and Aged ClientsNot currently offered10 units
NURS2194Gastrointestinal Nursing TherapeuticsNot currently offered10 units
NURS2283Prudence and Nursing ResearchNot currently offered10 units
NURS2295Mental Health and Nursing Therapeutics in Primary CareNot currently offered10 units
NURS2296Cardiovascular /Respiratory Nursing TherapeuticsNot currently offered20 units
NURS3163Sexuality and FamiliesNot currently offered10 units
NURS3184Prudence and Professional NursingNot currently offered10 units
NURS3197Emergency Nursing TherapeuticsNot currently offered10 units
NURS3198Health Breakdown and Indigenous PopulationsNot currently offered10 units
NURS3273Transition to Professional Practice A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
NURS3274Transition to Professional Practice B
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Directed Courses

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from Directed Courses. NOT available to International Registered Nurses (IRN's must undertake NURS2230).

NURS2162Health, Social Disadvantage and Substance Abuse
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2163Complementary Therapies in Healthcare
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units

Choose 10 units from NURS2230. Available to International Registered Nurses Only.

NURS2230Clinical for International Nurses
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units


Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

10 units


The Bachelor of Nursing is awarded as an ordinary degree. Candidates seeking an Honours award should enrol in the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Entry is based on overseas qualifications which are considered equivalent to Australian qualifications as well as satisfactory English language requirements. Credit may be awarded for students who have completed nursing studies overseas. Credit will be assessed on an individual basis. All courses must have been completed within the last ten years.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

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