Bachelor of Nursing

Duration3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Location
Brisbane
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus
Course codeCL91
CRICOS102338C
First-year fee
A$35,160 ifyf
Nurse talks to patient holding a clipboard in a hospital ward.

Overview

Whether you have always dreamed of being a nurse, or your lived experiences have ignited your passion to make a difference through healthcare, our accredited Bachelor of Nursing will prepare you for a rewarding and diverse career as a competent and effective Registered Nurse (Division 1) General.

This course prepares you to be reflective about your practice as a nurse and develop clinical reasoning skills in order to confidently and safely engage in contemporary nursing practice in a variety of environments and contexts and adapt to the needs of people from diverse backgrounds.

You'll acquire skills to provide person-centred care and collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Plus, seek evidence to ensure safe quality practice and act in a professional, ethical and compassionate manner. In addition, you will learn to nurture the development of nursing as a practice discipline and demonstrate leadership in healthcare. You will explore how life-long learning skills can facilitate continuing professional development.

Our highly trained and experienced nursing lecturers will support you while you develop your professional nursing profile. You will develop your skills and knowledge through a combination of theoretical and extensive clinical learning experiences including simulated training across our nationally located Clinical Learning Centres which simulates a real-world setting for you to safely practice in, and completion of 800 hours of professional practice placements commencing in your first year of study. Benefit from our enhanced learning experience and launch your nursing career.

Transcript

Nursing has become a really great career opportunity to consider. There’s so much you can do with a nursing qualification. There’s a high demand for qualified nurses.

A clinical unit is a unit where you’re going to be in the labs, which we call our clinical learning space is set up similar to behind me today, that’s where we have a simulated hospital environment.

So, in the simulated environment we have lots of different ways that we teach what we’re doing. You may have heard of MaskED where the educators use a simulated person or a simulated puppet to extract information to be able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of a patient.

We have lots of strong partnerships with our industry partners so not just with acute hospitals but with GP surgeries, with community, with mental health even correctional centre nursing.

We have clinical placements. A student must do 800 hours minimum of clinical placement. Our students will go to settings like the hospital, mental health community, they could go to an A&E, an ICU, a paediatric area that interests you.

What that offers then is your opportunity to show yourself while you’re on clinical placement to the people that are going to employ you later.

One of the best things about my course is the opportunity to do placements.

It’s like going in different clinic settings to practice the nursing skills that are taught at the Uni.

What I like most about my placements is that the nursing staff were accommodating, and the patients were so willing to be involved in the learning of Registered Nursing students like me.

I want to continue on this journey when I graduate. I want to be a part of the nursing workforce in this country.

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited throughout Australia with an external body and it has to meet certain attributes for our students to be considered ready to go on to AHPRA, which is where we are registered once you finish your degree.

I believe becoming a registered nurse in Australia gives you great career opportunities. There are many choices to choose from depending on what interests you the most.

The beauty of an Australian nursing degree is the international recognition that Australia has. We have a reciprocal arrangement with New Zealand, so Australian nurses and New Zealand nurses do move across the borders. Also because of our degree a lot of countries seek nursing graduates.

Nursing to me is a fantastic foundational degree and as I say you can make many careers out of one Nursing degree, you’ll never get bored.

Study experience

  • CQU Nursing student, Ivy Vana, smiling in uniform, in a medical room
    One of the best things about my course is the opportunity to do placements. The nursing staff are accommodating and the patients are willing to be involved. I want to continue on this journey and be part of the nursing workforce in this country.

    Ivy Vana

    Bachelor of Nursing I Philippines

Career Opportunities

In the final year of the course, students usually apply for a new graduate nursing position in a hospital and health service or other healthcare organisation where they will have the opportunity to further consolidate their knowledge and skills in nursing.  The broad nature of nursing and healthcare allows opportunities for employment and/or specialisation in environments such as acute hospital services, community health, mental health, residential and aged care, indigenous health, and rural and remote health.

Structure & Availability

COURSE STRUCTURE
The Bachelor of Nursing requires you to complete 23 core units, a total of 144 units of credit.

UNIT INFORMATION
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab. The units in the handbook are listed in the order that you should complete them. By completing these units in a different order, you may delay your progress and extend the length of your study. 

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed a study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

IntakeLocations
Term 1, 2024Brisbane
Term 2, 2024Brisbane
Term 1, 2025Brisbane
Term 2, 2025Brisbane

For international students commencing at the University in 2023 – please note our Rockhampton North campus is restricted to students eligible for advanced standing or recognition of prior learning (RPL).

All other international students commencing in 2023 will be admitted to our Brisbane campus.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

All Compulsory Residential Schools:
Year 1
NURS11166 Health and Assessment in Nursing (3 days)
NURS11170 Professional Experience Placement 1 (3 days)
Year 2
NURS12161 Professional Experience Placement 2 (3 days)
NURS12162 Mental Health Professional Experience Placement (2 days)
NURS12164 Professional Experience Placement 3 (3 days)
Year 3
NURS13142 Professional Experience Placement 4 (4 days)
NURS13145 Professional Experience Placement 5 (4 days)

Professional Practice - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Core

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). The Bachelor of Nursing leads to eligibility for registration as a nurse (Division 1) in Australia.

Professional Experience Placement 1 - NURS11170

Professional Experience Placement

Professional Experience Placement 2 - NURS12161

Professional Experience Placement

Mental Health Nursing with Professional Experience Placement - NURS12162

Professional Experience Placement

Professional Experience Placement 3 - NURS12164

Professional Experience Placement

Professional Experience Placement 4 - NURS13142

Professional Experience Placement

Professional Experience Placement 5 - NURS13145

Professional Experience Placement

Depending on clinical placement availability, you may need to travel within or outside of your state for your clinical placement.

Requirements

Recommended study

Domestic students

Students without Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended to undertake a bridging course such as Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS).

When applying, you must demonstrate that you have met the listed Entry Requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements.

After you have applied and enrolled in this course, you will need to be able to meet the Security and Health Requirements as these generally relate to work-integrated learning activities that form part of your course. You will be provided with more information about security and health requirements after enrolling in the relevant units that these relate to. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.

Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

The English Language Skills requirements listed below are those specified by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as required for initial registration.

As an applicant for the Bachelor of Nursing, you are required to demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

  • English is your primary language and you have satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education, taught and assessed solely in English – including at least two years completed between grades 7 and 12 - in a recognised country. (Recognised countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America); OR
  • You are currently registered as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA)

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 in each subset; OR
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; OR
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) – requires an overall score of 65 with no sub-score less than 65; OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT – requires 94 or better overall and no score less than 27 for writing, 23 for speaking and 24 for listening and reading.

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

If you are an International student please visit International students English requirements for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Nursing students’ English language skills are directly aligned with the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for this course to be eligible for WIL placements. Evidence of a booster dose is necessary for aged care placement settings and those WIL providers who specify.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placements apply to this course and as such are subject to compulsory pre-placement conditions referred to as mandatory checks and are outlined in the health, security and other compulsory requirements sections. Mandatory checks are determined by industry, organisations, legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. To be eligible for a WIL placement, students must first achieve compliance with mandatory checks by each closing date prior to a WIL placement and maintain current evidence for the duration of the course. 

Mandatory health requirements include immunisation and vaccination evidence (and serology where required) to the following diseases: COVID-19, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella, Pertussis, Influenza, and Tuberculosis screening. Respirator mask fit testing is also an annual requirement for this course. 

Mandatory security requirements include an Australian Federal Police clearance, working with children check, and NDIS worker screening clearance. 

Other mandatory requirements include a First Aid and CPR certificate, student agreement to privacy and confidentiality, adherence to Ahpra policies for a registered student professional, fitness to participate in WIL student declaration, jurisdictional and site-specific compulsory requirements, and other training modules. 

It is mandatory for a minimum of 800 hours WIL placement in an off-campus health care setting to be undertaken for the Bachelor of Nursing course. Students may be required to complete more than 800 hours due to an organisation's make up of absence policy.

It is important for students to be aware that you may be required to travel to complete your WIL placement.

WIL placements are organised in blocks of time as per the WIL unit requirement, are in various health organisations throughout Australia where a service agreement is in place, subject to availability and capacity of the organisation, and are not negotiable.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term FeeA$17,880
International Indicative First Year FeeA$35,160

Please note the following important information:

  • Fees are in Australian dollars (A$).
  • Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.
  • Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.
  • The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.
  • Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.
  • It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.
  • The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).
  • Students not on an Australian student visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.
  • Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.
  • International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.