CQ23 - Bachelor of Nursing

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Nursing aims to provide you with the theoretical, practical and research knowledge required to be a competent and effective Registered Nurse. On successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) General with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. To be accepted for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, you are required to disclose: any criminal history, physical and/or psychological impairments and meet specific English language standards. For further clarification of these requirements contact the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia at http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/.

Recognition of prior learning: Credit transfer will only be granted where you are able to demonstrate that tertiary-level studies, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course have been successfully completed. The normal maximum amount of credit you may be granted as a prospective student enrolling into the Bachelor of Nursing course is 72 credit points. Credit can only be granted for units and courses satisfactorily completed in the last 7 years at a recognised educational institution including the Diploma of Nursing (NB: unit credit is subject to accreditation and registration requirements).

If you are transferring from a pre-registration Bachelor of Nursing course from a recognised Australian educational institution, the maximum amount of credit which may be granted will be 96 credit points of the course.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.

Career Information

The broad nature of nursing allows opportunities for employment and specialisation in areas as varied as acute hospital services, community health services, mental health services, residential care services, indigenous health services, and remote and rural health services.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BN
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Bundaberg - 810421
  • QLD - Mackay - 840421
  • QLD - Rockhampton - 850421
  • QLD - Distance - 850425
  • QLD - Noosa - 870421
  • QLD - Townsville - 800429
  • QLD - Cairns - 820429
  • VIC - Distance - 1700110551 
  • NSW - Distance - 160511
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 020827B
  • MKY - 020827B
  • BDG - 020827B
  • NSA - 020827B
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
Please Click Here for more information.
The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Noosa
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Noosa
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 2 - 2018

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Mackay
Noosa
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Mackay
Noosa
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 2 - 2017

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Mackay
Noosa
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Mackay
Noosa
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 3 - 2016

Residential schools scheduled for Term 3 will not be available on all campuses, please check the location of each residential school.
Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2015

Residential schools scheduled for Term 3 will not be available on all campuses, please check the location of each residential school.
Distance

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2014

Internal classes will only be offered in years 1 and 2 at Bundaberg campus. Year 3 will be offered in distance education mode from Bundaberg campus.
Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2016

Residential schools scheduled for Term 3 will not be available on all campuses, please check the location of each residential school.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2015

Residential schools scheduled for Term 3 will not be available on all campuses, please check the location of each residential school.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2014

Internal classes will only be offered in years 1 and 2 at Bundaberg campus. Year 3 will be offered in distance education mode from Bundaberg campus.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2014

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Bundaberg
Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

Domestic students - Prerequisites: English (4, SA) or equivalent;

English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 7.0 for Speaking and Listening, or
  • the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
  • the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking, or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student wil be assessed individually.

NOTE Students who were not born in the above recognised countries need to be aware of the English Requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia that need to be demonstrated prior to registration. Please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for information on this requirement: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/

Security Requirements

Working with Children Check - can take over 28 business days, you must apply at least 6 weeks prior to the mandatory check closing date.

Australian Federal Police Check - can take over 28 business days, you must apply at least 6 weeks prior to the mandatory check closing date.

CQU Student Declaration

CQUniversity Student ID

NB. Pre-WIL Compulsory Conditions are subject to change.

Health Requirements

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) - Clinical Placement An activity that integrates academic learning with its application in the workplace. In nursing, it is referred to as placement or clinical placement.

Attending clinical placement is not automatic. To be eligible to attend clinical placement students must satisfy a list of requirements known as Pre-WIL Mandatory Conditions or Mandatory Checks.

The Mandatory Check submission deadline occurs up to three months prior to the commencement of each term that you are enrolled in. This date is to ensure that your mandatory checks are in order before you are deemed eligible to attend and are allocated a clinical placement in the following term. You should allow yourself plenty of time to familiarise yourself with what is required of you and the timelines involved.

Pre-WIL Compulsory Conditions Closing Dates and Placement Release Dates

These requirements are set in accordance with the University’s approved:

· Vaccination Principles

· Work Integrated Learning Policy and Procedure

In addition, there may be student placement requirements specified by contracted industry partners.

It is your responsibility to keep these checks up-to-date and to adhere to the Pre-WIL Compulsory Condition requirements for your own safety and the safety of others during clinical placement.

Failure to complete all pre-WIL Compulsory Conditions by the publicised deadline will disqualify you from attending clinical placement, and will significantly impact your ability to complete your course in your desired timeframe.

Once you accept your offer and have your student login details, you will have access to the Moodle site Nursing Central. Nursing Central provides a link to the Clinical Placement (Work Integrated Learning) Moodle site.

All mandatory check evidence must be submitted via the university placement management system SONIA.

A minimum of 800 hours clinical placement in an off-campus health care setting is an integral component of the Bachelor of Nursing course. (Some students will have to do more than 800 due to facilities make up time policy).

NB. You may be required to travel to complete placement.

Clinical Placements are organised as block placements by the University and can occur in health care organisations throughout Australia where a service agreement is in place.

Assumed Knowledge

There are no course pre-requisites however senior English, senior science and senior mathematics are strongly recommended. Students without senior science and senior mathematics are strongly recommended to undertake the following access course:

  • Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)
  • Tertiary Entry Program (TEP)
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

This course has professional accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Learned Society Accreditiation

Health Promotion

Defence Force

Police Service

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students studying via distance education will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.
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Practicum/Work Placement

NURS12158 - Clinical Placement 160 hours
NURS11161 - Clinical Placement 120 hours
NURS13133 - Clinical Placement 160 hours
NURS13136 - Clinical Placement 240 hours
NURS12156 - Clinical Placement 120 hours

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 2924
2017 2682
2016 2533
2015 2075
2014 2000
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. provide person centred nursing care, which characterises the persons’ preferences, values and needs within the context of their families and communities
  • 2. develop person centred nursing care incorporating concepts of health promotion, wellness and, disease and injury prevention
  • 3. apply person safety and quality frameworks in order to evaluate organisational, leadership and management concepts in the provision of high quality nursing care
  • 4. model professional behaviours, roles and responsibilities in line with the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice
  • 5. integrate knowledge, skills and professional attitudes through the use of evidence based practice, critical thinking and clinical reasoning in order to make a successful transition from student nurse to graduate nurse entering the workplace environment.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 20 Total credit points: 144

Please be aware that it is essential that you undertake the course in the order that is listed. This is particularly important when it comes to the final clinical placement. You are required to successfully complete Clinical Nursing Practice 5 in the final term of study to enable the University to be in a position to recommend you for registration at the completion of the degree.

There is provision for Enrolled Nurse credit transfers to be provided on an individual basis.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS11159 Introduction to Nursing
NURS11160 Fundamentals of Clinical Nursing Practice
NURS11157 Lifespan Approach to Health and Wellness for Nursing
NURS11158 Evidence Informed Nursing Practice
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
NURS11161 Clinical Nursing Practice 1
NURS11163 Recovery Approach to Mental Health
NURS11162 Inclusive Practice for Nursing
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS12154 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
NURS12155 Medical-Surgical Nursing
NURS12156 Clinical Nursing Practice 2
BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
NURS12157 Concepts of Mental Health Nursing
NURS12158 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS13133 Clinical Nursing Practice 4
NURS13134 Community Nursing Perspectives
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS13136 Clinical Nursing Practice 5
NURS13135 The Professional Nurse

One ELECTIVE to be completed in final year of study. Unit must be selected from the list below. NURS13125 The Nurse as Educator NURS13127 Woundcare Principles and Practice NURS13128 Nursing Care for Children and their Families NURS13130 Current Trends in Mental Health Nursing NURS13132 Maternal and Neonatal Nursing NURS13137 Outward Bound Nursing Studies

Mid Year Entry For students entering mid-year, the following full-time pathway is available:

Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS11159 Introduction to Nursing
NURS11158 Evidence Informed Nursing Practice
NURS11160 Fundamentals of Clinical Nursing Practice
NURS11157 Lifespan Approach to Health and Wellness for Nursing
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS11161 Clinical Nursing Practice 1
NURS11162 Inclusive Practice for Nursing
NURS11163 Recovery Approach to Mental Health
BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS12156 Clinical Nursing Practice 2
NURS12155 Medical-Surgical Nursing
NURS12154 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
NURS12158 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
NURS12157 Concepts of Mental Health Nursing
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS13133 Clinical Nursing Practice 4
NURS13134 Community Nursing Perspectives
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS13135 The Professional Nurse
NURS13136 Clinical Nursing Practice 5

One ELECTIVE to be completed in final year of study. Unit must be selected from the list below. NURS13125 The Nurse as Educator NURS13127 Woundcare Principles and Practice NURS13128 Nursing Care for Children and their Families NURS13130 Current Trends in Mental Health Nursing NURS13132 Maternal and Neonatal Nursing NURS13137 Outward Bound Nursing Studies

More Details

On commencing the Bachelor of Nursing degree


Please note: To enable you to be more adequately prepared for study in the course, it is highly recommended that you start this course by enrolling concurrently in:



NURS11157 Lifespan Approach to Health and Well-Being

NURS11158 Evidence Informed Nursing Practice

 

Course Structure


Please be aware that it is essential that you undertake the course in the order that is listed in course structure, as there are pre-requisite units to be complete prior to other units and/or co-requisite units that must be completed together.  


It is particularly important to look at clinical placement units and the terms in which they are offered (NB: clinical units in years 2 and 3 of the course are offered only once each year). You are required to successfully complete:


NB NURS12158 - this placement may be in 2 x 2 week blocks due to clinical placement being required in both a complex care and mental health setting.


· NURS13136 Clinical Practice 5 in the final term of study to enable the University to be in a position to recommend you for registration at the completion of the degree.


Please note that in line with accreditation requirements, aspects of the course may be subject to change during your enrolment. These changes may relate to course structure, unit names and content, clinical placement hours and/or mandatory checks.


Please note that specific requirements for clinical placement in some units may vary due to individual organisational requirements outside of CQU control.


Undergraduate Planners for Nursing Students can be found here.

 

Application for Credit Transfer


Recognition of prior learning: Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary-level studies, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course, have been successfully completed. The normal maximum amount of credit which may be granted to a prospective student enrolling into the Bachelor of Nursing course is 72 credit points. Credit can only be granted for units and courses satisfactorily completed in the last 7 years at a recognised educational institution including the Diploma of Nursing. (Unit credit is subject to accreditation and registration requirements.)


In cases of prospective students transferring from a pre-registration Bachelor of Nursing course from a recognised educational Australian institution the maximum amount of credit which may be granted will be 96 credit points of the course.


Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.

 

 

Computing Requirements


It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that you have access to the CQUniversity website. You will be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the internet.

It is strongly recommended that you have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online resources that would include but are not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.

Professional Standards and Conduct


You are expected to behave in a professional and appropriate manner. The use of abusive language, threatening behaviour, misuse of campus property and sexual harassment, will not be tolerated.  These misdemeanours will be treated as serious matters and may result in suspension or exclusion.


Please ensure that you are familiar with the Student Charter and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedure, which is available on the CQU website. In addition, nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA's professional standards in order to practise in Australia. For more information on the NMBA’s professional standards visit http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards.aspx.


Registration standards define the requirements that applicants, registrants or students need to meet to be registered.   For more information visit http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx


To ensure patient safety, nurses and midwives are deemed mandatory reporters and under National Law are subject to making notification about notifiable conduct.  For more information about notifiable conduct visit http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Notifications/Make-a-complaint/Mandatory-notifications.aspx


It is important to be aware that complaints or concerns can be raised about the health, conduct or performance of a registered health practitioner or student at any time.  For more information about complaints or concerns related to health professionals visit http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Notifications/Make-a-complaint.aspx