The Bachelor of Nutrition Science and Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Counselling are two new undergraduate courses that will be available in 2018 in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Bachelor of Nutrition Science
Campus: North Sydney, Melbourne
Professional experience: Students undertake 80 hours of community engagement as part of the course
This program will prepare graduates as a nutritionist. Nutritionists help communicate nutrition science to the lay public and advise the community about food choices for healthy eating. Studies in nutrition therefore include the nutritive value of foods, the nutrients that bodies need at different stages of development, and the role that nutrients and diet play in health promotion and disease prevention.
Nutrition links very closely with the national health priorities in Australia such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease much of which are preventable through healthy lifestyle.
ACU’s program will focus on general health care, chronic disease management, indigenous health, and other emerging areas of need, and will appeal to anyone interested in careers in nutrition: including nutritionists in public and private industry, hospitals and public health sectors, e-health and tele-health, in nutrition communication, in food science and in the research and development sectors.
The program will also provide the basis for postgraduate studies in dietetics. Dietitians treat disease through diet and therefore require further studies and clinical practice in health settings.
Sample program map
|Semester 1||Introduction to Chemistry||Cells and Tissues||Foundations of Public Health||Food Science|
|Semester 2||Human Body in Health and Disease 1||Introduction to Nutrition and Practice||Foundations of Health Promotion||Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society|
|Semester 1||Molecular Biology||Human Body in Health and Disease 2||Introduction to Pharmacology||Society Culture and Health|
|Biochemistry||Advanced Physiology for Nutrition||Communicating Ideas in Science||Epidemiology|
|Semester 2||Motor Control and Learning||Resistance Training: Science and Application||Exercise Testing and Prescription||Elective (Major)/(Minor)|
|Semester 1||Food Chemistry||Lifespan Nutrition||Research Methods||Community and Public Health Nutrition|
|Semester 2||Health Care Ethics||Elective||Elective||Justice and Change in a Global World|
New South Wales: English (standard)
Victoria: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Counselling
Campus: Brisbane, Melbourne
Duration: 4 yrs FT (or equivalent PT)
Professional experience: 840 hours of nursing and 200 hours of counselling placements
This course has been developed in response to industry needs to meet a recognised and increasing requirement for counselling skills in our nursing profession.
Studying counselling combined with nursing will provide nursing graduates with both the qualification of a Registered Nurse, and the additional counselling skills necessary to better support the provision of holistic care.
Given the vulnerability of the population where many nursing graduates will practice, global political instability and its resultant refugee crisis, graduates with both nursing and counselling skills will be well placed to meet existing and future graduate destinations.
Due to the synergies within the nursing and counselling programs, students will be allocated a four-week palliative care placement during one of the nursing practicums – this will facilitate student counselling experience in a practice setting.
Program graduates can pursue a range of careers: as a registered nurse with counselling skills within the health care industry from clinical practice across a range of specialties, through to research, education and management. It is also envisaged that graduates might pursue employment opportunities in a range of counselling and human service careers.
Sample program map
|Semester 1||Introduction to Counselling||Foundations of Psychology||Transition into Nursing||Integrating Practice 1: Assessment in Health|
Counselling Theories and|
|Applications of Psychology||Human Biological Science 1||Integrating Practice 2|
|Semester 1||Grief and Loss Counselling||Indigenous Health and Culture||Human Biological Science 2||Principles of Nursing: Mental Health|
|Semester 2||Counselling Skills and Case Management||Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society||Principles of Nursing: Medical||Integrating Practice 4|
|Semester 1||Addiction Counselling||Ethical and Professional Issues in Counselling||Principles of Nursing: Surgical||Integrating Practice 3|
|Semester 2||Clinical Fieldwork 2 - Community Engagement||Principles of Nursing: A Palliative Approach||Principles of Nursing: Contexts of Ageing|
|Semester 1||Lifespan Issues in Counselling||Organisations and Group Processes||Principles of Nursing: Chronic Illness and Disability||Integrating Practice 5|
|Semester 2||Cognitive Behavioural Therapies||Clinical Leadership||Transition to Professional Nursing||Integrating Practice 6|
This program of study is currently undergoing accreditation. The 2018 intake is subject to accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Queensland: English (4, SA)
Victoria: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
Page last updated: 2017-07-25
Short url: http://www.acu.edu.au/1135747