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Bachelor of Nursing

Course not on offer Mid Year

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.
ATAR/OP (2014):
  • Ballarat (58.65)
  • Brisbane (17/63)
  • Canberra (58.60)
  • Melbourne (73.00)
  • North Sydney (58.55)

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

Description

More nurses graduate from ACU than anywhere else in Australia ­– and for good reason.

Our nursing courses are known for developing professionals who are caring, adaptable, safe and ethical.

The Bachelor of Nursing uses learner-centred approaches including inquiry- and situation-based learning to enhance students' experiences as well as their readiness for the workplace.

Students have the opportunity to choose a clinical nursing specialty, such as:

  • medical/surgical nursing
  • perioperative nursing
  • high dependency nursing
  • palliative care
  • aged care
  • paediatrics
  • maternal and infant care
  • mental health
  • community nursing.

Bachelor of Nursing graduates can pursue a range of careers including:

  • registered nurse
  • medical/surgical nurse
  • paediatric nurse
  • aged carer
  • community carer
  • developmental disability carer
  • maternal and infant carer
  • mental health carer.

Course Duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus Availability and Study Mode

  • Ballarat (Attendance)
  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Canberra (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

Deferment is available for two years. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information

Credit Points Numerical values attached to each unit (subject) or component of a course. At ACU, one unit is normally 10 credit points.

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start Dates for 2015

Ballarat
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course Costs

  • Average first year fee: $6806 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only)
Important Note on Fees

All costs are based on current rates. A student's annual fee may vary in accordance with their choice of major and electives. The University reviews fees annually.

Eligibility

An applicant must also comply with the Admission Rules.

1.1 To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.

New South Wales and ACT
Assumed knowledge:Nil

Queensland
Prerequisites: English (4, SA).

Victoria
Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.

1.2 To be eligible for admission to the Practice Leadership specialisation, an applicant must have completed the requirements set out in Rule 1.1 at a high level of academic achievement2, and demonstrate leadership capacity3. Students who fail to maintain participation in suitable leadership activities4 and a minimum GPA of 5.5 will be withdrawn from the specialisation Practice Leadership and transferred to the Bachelor of Nursing degree.

1.3 To be eligible for admission to the course offered in Hong Kong, an applicant must have:

  1. a pre-registration Nursing qualification (eg Diploma or higher); and
  2. a licence to practise as a Level 1/registered nurse in Hong Kong.

2 For example, the following minimum entry scores: NSW: UAI 85; Queensland: OP9; Victoria: ENTER 85.
3 Through submission portfolio with references from School Principal or head of an organisation.
4 Annual submission of portfolio with evidence of leadership activities.

Applying for Admission

Ballarat, Victoria
Apply through VTAC Apply today
Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC Apply today
Canberra, ACT
Apply through UAC Apply today
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC Apply today
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC Apply today

Career Paths

As a registered nurse, graduates can pursue a career in a range of settings including medical/surgical nursing, paediatric nursing, aged care, community care, developmental and disability care, maternal and infant care, emergency and critical care, operating theatres, nursing education and administration.

Professional Recognition

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Nursing and Midwifery on the APRHA website.

English Language Requirements

Academic IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all tests)

Pathways to Further Study

There are two streams of specialisation within the Bachelor of Nursing: the Bachelor of Nursing (Practice Leadership) and the Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health).

The Bachelor of Nursing (Practice Leadership), is designed for students with outstanding academic ability and leadership potential. The course provides planned opportunities for mentoring by experienced clinicians and academics in nursing scholarship and practice leadership. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing, who demonstrate outstanding academic ability and maintain a grade point average of 5.5 in the first year of the course may apply or may be invited to apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Nursing (Practice Leadership).

The Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health), is designed for students who wish to focus on a career in mental health nursing. The specialty mental health units are undertaken in the third year of the course. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health).

Graduates may progress to postgraduate coursework degrees or research degrees. An Honours year is available to meritorious students who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

More Course Information

Immunisation
Students are required to provide evidence of immunisation prior to attending clinical placements at hospitals and other health agencies. Please refer to the Faculty of Health Sciences Recommended Health Procedures for further information.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate
Students must have a current CPR Certificate from an accredited source prior to undertaking clinical practice. A valid CPR certificate must be presented to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in the respective state annually.

Blue Card (QLD only)
In Queensland, all students who work with children and young people as part of their studies will need to apply for a blue card from The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

Further information can be obtained from The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

Uniforms
Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student nurse uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase will be made available from the clinical office of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in each state after enrolment.

Contacts for Future Students

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

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International Students

Description

More nurses graduate from ACU than anywhere else in Australia ­– and for good reason.

Our nursing courses are known for developing professionals who are caring, adaptable, safe and ethical.

The Bachelor of Nursing uses learner-centred approaches including inquiry- and situation-based learning to enhance students' experiences as well as their readiness for the workplace.

Students have the opportunity to choose a clinical nursing specialty, such as:

  • medical/surgical nursing
  • perioperative nursing
  • high dependency nursing
  • palliative care
  • aged care
  • paediatrics
  • maternal and infant care
  • mental health
  • community nursing.

Bachelor of Nursing graduates can pursue a range of careers including:

  • registered nurse
  • medical/surgical nurse
  • paediatric nurse
  • aged carer
  • community carer
  • developmental disability carer
  • maternal and infant carer
  • mental health carer.

Course Duration

3 years

Start Dates and Campus Availability

Ballarat
  • 09-Feb-2015 , 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017
Brisbane
  • 09-Feb-2015 , 20-Jul-2015 , 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017
Canberra
  • 09-Feb-2015 , 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017
Melbourne
  • 09-Feb-2015 , 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017
North Sydney
  • 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017

Deferment, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

Yes. See Defer your offer.

  • On Campus

Credit Points Numerical values attached to each unit (subject) or component of a course. At ACU, one unit is normally 10 credit points.

240

Credit Points

240 cp

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course Costs

  • Unit Fee: $2835.00 (2015)
  • Average first year fee: $22680.00 (2015)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $68040.00 (2015)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Eligibility

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian High School completion and an overall academic IELTS score of 7.0 (with an individual score of 6.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading).

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now nternational Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Career Paths

As a registered nurse, graduates can pursue a career in a range of settings including medical/surgical nursing, paediatric nursing, aged care, community care, developmental and disability care, maternal and infant care, emergency and critical care, operating theatres, nursing education and administration.

Professional Recognition

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Nursing and Midwifery on the APRHA website.

English Language Requirements

Academic IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all tests)

Pathways to Further Study

There are two streams of specialisation within the Bachelor of Nursing: the Bachelor of Nursing (Practice Leadership) and the Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health).

The Bachelor of Nursing (Practice Leadership), is designed for students with outstanding academic ability and leadership potential. The course provides planned opportunities for mentoring by experienced clinicians and academics in nursing scholarship and practice leadership. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing, who demonstrate outstanding academic ability and maintain a grade point average of 5.5 in the first year of the course may apply or may be invited to apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Nursing (Practice Leadership).

The Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health), is designed for students who wish to focus on a career in mental health nursing. The specialty mental health units are undertaken in the third year of the course. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health).

Graduates may progress to postgraduate coursework degrees or research degrees. An Honours year is available to meritorious students who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

More Course Information

Immunisation
Students are required to provide evidence of immunisation prior to attending clinical placements at hospitals and other health agencies. Please refer to the Faculty of Health Sciences Recommended Health Procedures for further information.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate
Students must have a current CPR Certificate from an accredited source prior to undertaking clinical practice. A valid CPR certificate must be presented to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in the respective state annually.

Blue Card (QLD only)
In Queensland, all students who work with children and young people as part of their studies will need to apply for a blue card from The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

Further information can be obtained from The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

Uniforms
Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student nurse uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase will be made available from the clinical office of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in each state after enrolment.

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