Bachelor of Nursing

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Bachelor of Nursing

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28th Aug 2015 6:02am

Program Code

11725

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face - Face to face, with online components.

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus78.1583.00
Ourimbah78.4083.00
Port Macquarie70.2583.00

Assumed Knowledge

HSC English, General Mathematics, Biology and/or Chemistry. Computer skills, including word processing, email, web and web searching.

Recommended Studies

Biology and/or Chemistry, General English and General Maths.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

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 and managers.

Intakes for international students are available only at the Callaghan Campus.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students and residents.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.

Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline within Australia is IELTS 7.0.

Current Australian Year 12 Students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Year 12 Bonus Point Scheme:

  1. Biology (Band 5 - 6) 2 points
  2. English (Advanced) (Band 6) 2 points OR English Ext 1 (Band 3 - 4) 4 points OR English Ext 2 (Band 2 - 4) 4 points
  3. Chemistry (Band 5 - 6) 2 points

Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:

  • Previous Year 12 studies and/or
  • Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
  • Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.

International Students

International students currently undertaking:

  • an Australian Year 12 in Australia
  • an Australian Year 12 outside Australia
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

All other international students:

Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

All international students admitted to the BN are required to have English language skills at International English Testing Service (IELTS) (Academic) overall band 7, with a minimum score of 7 in each band.

Assumed Knowledge

HSC English, General Mathematics, Biology and/or Chemistry. Computer skills, including word processing, email, web and web searching.


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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ 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)
  • Registration as a professional nurse with a Approved Overseas Nursing Registration Authority
  • Credit may be awarded for students who have completed nursing studies overseas. Credit will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.

Compulsory Program Requirements

Over the course of the Bachelor of Nursing program, you will complete 800 hours in a range of diverse clinical contexts including, but not limited to, primary health care services, community centres, residential aged care contexts, mental health services and acute care hospitals throughout the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) sites.

Post-admission Requirements

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement
  • Senior First Aid Certificate - Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Senior First Aid 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.

NURS1101 - Foundations of Professional Practice 1A

NURS1201 - Foundations of Professional Practice 1B

NURS1202 - Clinical Practice 1B

NURS2101 - Foundations of Professional Practice 2A

NURS2102 - Clinical Practice 2A

NURS2201 - Foundations of Professional Practice 2B

NURS2202 - Clinical Practice 2B

NURS2230 - Clinical for International Nurses

NURS3101 - Foundations of Professional Practice 3A

NURS3102 - Clinical Practice 3A

NURS3201 - Transition to Professional Practice


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, under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


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 and
  • 10 units of Directed Courses.

The Bachelor of Nursing program includes 10 units of Electives and 10 units of Directed Courses.  NURS2230 Clinical for International Nurses is available only to International Registered Nurses who enter the program with 80 units of credit and must be taken by International Registered Nurses as a Directed Course in Second Year.


Transition Arrangements

Transition arrangements for Pre-2011 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 one or more coures,
  • 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 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.  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
NURS1101Foundations of Professional Practice 1A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS1102Primary Health Care
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS1201Foundations of Professional Practice 1B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS1202Clinical Practice 1B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2101Foundations of Professional Practice 2A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS2102Clinical Practice 2A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2103Mental Health Professional Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2201Foundations of Professional Practice 2B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS2202Clinical Practice 2B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2203Health and Illness in the Older Person
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NURS3101Foundations of Professional Practice 3A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS3102Clinical Practice 3A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3106Leading, Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision for Health Professionals
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3201Transition to Professional Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
20 units

Directed Courses

Directed Courses

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

HLSC1200Nutrition 1
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
HLSC2241Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
LING2501Cross-cultural Communication
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
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
SOCS2300Ethical Debates in the Social Sciences
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPSW2002Working with Communities
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ABOR3380Human Rights and the World's Indigenous Communities
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
NURS3104Chronic and Complex Care across the LifespanNot currently offered10 units
NURS3105Supervised Project
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3107Mental Health Professional Practice (Advanced)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3108Care of the Compromised Neonate
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3109Gender and HealthNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3089Sociology of Death and DyingNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3178Health, Illness and Society
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA3370Madness and Society
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPSW3008Mental Disorder: Critical Practice Approaches
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
B Nursing INTERNATIONAL DIRECTED

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

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

Electives

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

Honours

Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) is available as an additional one-year full-time program or equivalent part-time. Candidates for Honours are selected on the basis of academic achievement.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Practice relates to the professional legal and ethical responsibilities which require demonstration of a satisfactory knowledge base, accountability for practice, functioning in accordance with legislation affecting nursing and health care, and the protection of individual and group rights.
  • Critical thinking and Analysis this relates to self- appraisal, professional development, and the value of evidence and research for practice. Reflecting on practice, feeling and beliefs and the consequences of these for individual/groups is an important professional benchmark.
  • Provision and Coordination of Care this domain relates to the coordination, organisation and provision of nursing care that includes the assessment of individual/groups, planning, implementation and evaluation of care.
  • Collaborative and Therapeutic Practice this relates to establishing, sustaining and concluding professional relationships with individuals/group. This also contains those competencies that relate to the nurse understanding his/her contribution to the interdisciplinary health care team..

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a audio/visual impairment will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue.

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