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The Bachelor of Nursing is an AQF level 7 Bachelor program.
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.
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.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.
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 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.
Biology and/or chemistry
Computer skills - word processing, email, web, web searching.
Biology and/or chemistry, general English and general maths.
A significant component of the program is conducted online via the internet and therefore you need to have computer skills, including word processing, email and web searching. If you do not have these skills you are advised to undertake a preparatory course.
If you have not studied HSC biology, chemistry and maths you are advised to undertake bridging courses during January and February, prior to commencing first year. Further information on bridging courses can be found online at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students/uonprep-bridging-courses/about-uonprep-bridging-courses
Students must meet NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements to attend clinical placements in this program. For information on these requirements please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement
Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Senior First Aid Certificate.
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)
- Nurses educated overseas who hold current registration with an approved Nursing Registration Authority
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/ for information on how to apply.
Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.
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.
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.
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 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.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or an audio or visual impairment may 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 students 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.
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/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/divisions/academic-division#ctlAboriginal 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 must complete the Academic Integrity Module in the first four weeks 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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