Bachelor of Nursing

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Faculty of Health and Medicine

Program Code

11725

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

CRICOS Code

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

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.

Courses offered will be taught face to face, using the on line and CD Based multi media resources to augment teaching. The selection of course components to be taught face to face will be based on sound pedagogical principles (eg communication; counselling skills).

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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.

This program is available to International students only at the Callaghan Campus.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Current Australian Year 12 Students:

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

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.

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

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 may be eligible.

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


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

General English

General maths

Biology and/or chemistry

Computer skills - word processing, email, web, web searching.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Milestone:
  • National Police Certificate
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration
Additional Selection Criteria:
  • NSW Department of Health Adult Vaccination record.

    Senior First Aid Certificate


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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
  • All courses must have been completed within the last five years.

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 new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


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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).


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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 eight years.

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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 6 in each band.

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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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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.

Students with disabilities 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.

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 info.


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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.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/

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.

All students are required to have a current nationally accredited senior first aid certificate, a National Police Certificate and NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement for Students Undertaking Clinical Placement, and a NSW Department of Health Adult Vaccination record in order to undertake clinical placements. International applicants also require an Overseas Polic Certificate.

All students must complete the Academic Integrity Module in the first four week of enrolment.


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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.

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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.


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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
NURS1101Foundations of Professional Practice 1ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS1102Primary Health CareSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS1201Foundations of Professional Practice 1B

Prior successful completion of NURS1101.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS1202Clinical Practice 1B

Prior successful completion of NURS1101 and 1201. Verified within ClinConnect, the NSW Ministry of Health placement system.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
HUBS1406Human Bioscience for Nursing and MidwiferySemester 110 units
HUBS1416Advanced Human BioscienceSemester 210 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
NURS2101Foundations of Professional Practice 2A

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1201, NURS1202, HUBS1416 and HUBS1406.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS2102Clinical Practice 2A

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1201, NURS1202, NURS2101, NURS2103, NURS2203, HUBS1406 and HUBS1416. Verified within ClinConnect, the NSW Ministry of Health placement system.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2103Mental Health Professional Practice

Prior successul completion of NURS1101 and NURS1201.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2201Foundations of Professional Practice 2B

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202 and HUBS1416.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS2202Clinical Practice 2B

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202, NURS2201, (NURS2103 or NURS2203) and HUBS1416. Verified within ClinConnect, the NSW Ministry of Health placement system.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2203Health and Illness in the Older Person

Prior successful completion of NURS1101 and NURS1201.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
NURS3101Foundations of Professional Practice 3A

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1201, NURS1202, NURS2101, NURS2102, NURS2201, NURS2103, NURS2202, NURS 2203, HUBS1406 and HUBS1416.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS3102Clinical Practice 3A

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1201, NURS1202, HUBS1406, HUBS1416, NURS2101,NURS2102, NURS2103, NURS2201, NURS2202, NURS2203, NURS3101. Verified within ClinConnect.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3106Leading, Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision for Health Professionals

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1102, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202, NURS2101, NURS2102, NURS2103, NURS2201, NURS2202, NURS2203 and HUBS1416.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3201Transition to Professional Practice

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1102, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202, HUBS1416, NURS2101, NURS2102, NURS2201, NURS2202, NURS2203, NURS3101, NURS3102 and NURS3106.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from Directed Courses. NOT available to International Registered Nurses (IRN's must undertake NURS2230).
HLSC1200Nutrition 1Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ABOR2340Abor Health:Causes & Burden of Ill HealthNot currently offered10 units
LING2501Cross-cultural CommunicationNot currently offered10 units
NURS2162Health, Social Disadvantage and Substance AbuseSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2163Complementary Therapies in HealthcareSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
SOCS2300Ethical Debates in the Social SciencesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPSW2002Working with CommunitiesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ABOR3380Human Rights & the World's Indigenous CommunitiesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
NURS3104Chronic and Complex Care across the Lifespan

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1102, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202, HUBS1416, NURS2101, NURS2102, NURS2103, NURS2201, NURS2202 and NURS2203.

Not currently offered10 units
NURS3105Supervised Project

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1102, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202 and HUBS1416.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3107Mental Health Professional Practice (Advanced)

Prio successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1102, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202, HUBS1416, NURS2101, NURS2102, NURS2103, NURS2201, NURS2202 and NURS2203.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3108Care of the Compromised Neonate

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1102, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202 and HUBS1416.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3109Gender and Health

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, NURS1102, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202 and HUBS1416.

10 units
SOCA3089Sociology of Death and DyingNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3178Health, Illness and SocietyNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3370Madness and SocietySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPSW3008Mental Disorder: Critical Practice ApproachesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
HLSC2241Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary PerspectivesSemester 210 units
Choose 10 units from NURS2230. Available to International Registered Nurses Only.
NURS2230Clinical for International NursesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Electives
Elective 1Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 110 units