Bachelor of Nursing - CL91
The Bachelor of Nursing provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable you to be a competent and effective Registered Nurse (Division 1) General.
Online, On Campus
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
English, Maths, Biology or Science
Study the Bachelor of Nursing and gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a Registered Nurse (Division 1). 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.
Through this course you will acquire skills to provide person-centred care and collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. You will 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.
Clinical learning is a key element of the Bachelor of Nursing and you will be required to undertake 800 hours of professional experience placement in a variety of settings with different health organisations. You must meet specific mandatory health, safety and security requirements to be eligible to attend each professional experience placement. Professional experience placements may be limited in your community. This means that you may be placed in other locations and you may be required to relocate to complete your placements.
This course provides you with learning opportunities to meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards (2019). Please note that this is a new course available for intake in 2021, and is subject to accreditation from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
|Core Units||23||Major Units||None|
The Bachelor of Nursing requires you to complete 23 core units, a total of 144 units of credit.
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab. The units listed 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.
Please note that some units within this course are only available to study online.
CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
|Term 1 - 2021||Rockhampton|
|Term 2 - 2021||Rockhampton|
|Term 1 - 2021||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2021||Available Online|
Please note that this is a new course available for intake in 2021, replacing CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing. This new Bachelor of Nursing is subject to accreditation from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
As an online student, you can enjoy the flexibility of studying when and where it suits, with the added support of our local campuses in Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville. The course content is delivered online, however, you will be required to attend face-to-face components such as residential schools on campus. Our nursing residential schools are held on campus in Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville or at our study site in Port Hedland, which means that if you live in one of these locations, or close to them, there's no need to relocate to complete your studies. And, if you live outside of these locations, you have the flexibility to choose the location, out of those listed above, that best suits you to complete your residential schools.
The face-to-face components of this course include seven residential schools; two scheduled in the first year, three in the second year and a final two in the third year of your studies, along with six clinical placement blocks scheduled throughout the course. This means that your study integrates a blend of on-campus learning, clinical placements and online study - a delivery combination that builds your skills, knowledge and experience in nursing along with your self-learning and time management skills.
Clinical Placement Blocks
Due to the limited availability of placements, some block placements have a start and/or end date that fall outside standard term dates.
Applying to study in Term 2 (July) 2020?
If you are interested in applying to commence your study in Term 2 (July) 2020, you will need to apply for CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing.
Transition arrangements are in place if you start your studies in Term 2 2020 so that you seamlessly transition from CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing into this new course in 2021. We're here to support you as this transition takes place in 2021 and our nursing team will work with you to provide you with relevant course planners and study plan.
|Professional Experience Placement 5||NURS13145||Professional Experience Placement|
|Professional Experience Placement 4||NURS13142||Professional Experience Placement|
|Professional Experience Placement 3||NURS12164||Professional Experience Placement|
|Mental Health Nursing with Professional Experience Placement||NURS12162||Professional Experience Placement|
|Professional Experience Placement 2||NURS12161||Professional Experience Placement|
|Professional Experience Placement 1||NURS11170||Professional Experience Placement|
SR 66 | ATAR 66.0
A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.
English Language Proficiency Requirements:
All applicants for the Bachelor of Nursing are required to provide evidence of demonstrating your English language competency in one of the following ways:
English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. Recognised country means one of the following countries: Australia; Canada; New Zealand; Republic of Ireland; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States of America.
English Proficiency Assessment
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the scores as below. English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study.
1. IELTS (academic module). We only accept test results from one test sitting; or
a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if:
- you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
- you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
- no score in any component of the test is below 6.5
2. OET. We will only accept test results from one test sitting; or
a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if:
- you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
- you achieve a minimum score of 8 in each component across the two sittings, and
- no score in any component of the test is below C.
3. PTE Academic. We will only accept test results from one test sitting; or
a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if:
- a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
- you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
- no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58.
4. TOEFL iBt. We will only accept test results from one test sitting; or
a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if:
- a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and you
- achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the two sittings, and
- no score in any of the sections is below:
20 for listening; 19 for reading; 24 for writing and 20 for speaking
NOTE: Students who were not born in any of 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/
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 can be outside of CQUniversity's control and are therefore subject to change.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) - Professional Experience Placement (PEP) – An activity that integrates academic learning with its application in the workplace. In nursing, it is referred to as placement or professional experience placement.
Attending professional experience 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 pre-clinical 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 professional experience placement the following term. You should allow sufficient 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 professional experience 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 your professional experience placement.
Failure to complete all pre-WIL Compulsory Conditions by the publicised deadline will disqualify you from attending professional experience 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 Professional Experience 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 professional experience placement in an off-campus health care setting is an integral component of the Bachelor of Nursing course. (Students may be required to complete more than 800 hours due to some organisation's make up time policy).
NB. You may be required to travel to complete your professional experience placement.
Professional Experience Placements are organised in blocks of time as per the relevant unit requirement. They are located in various health care organisations throughout Australia where a service agreement is in place, and are therefore not negotiable.
Students without Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended to undertake one of the following access programs:
- Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)
- Tertiary Entry Program (TEP)
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.
|Fee Category||Commonwealth Supported Place|
|What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?||A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.|
|Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?||
You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
|Fee Type||Student Contribution|
|What is a Student contribution?||As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.|
|What is my Student Contribution?||
Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
The majority of units within this course fall within Band 1. Some units may fall within Band 2 and/or 3.
Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.
You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.
|HECS-HELP and payment options||
HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
|Other Fees||You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.|
|Other study costs||You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying. Incidental fees are applicable for clinical placement forfeiture and clinical placement supplementation if this occurs.|
At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.
|South Australia||ONL: 5C4045|
|Western Australia||ONL: 152511|
|New South Wales||ONL: 162511|
|Queensland||ONL: 851525; ROK: 850426|
CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for a career as a registered nurse and offers you enhanced learning experiences.
Our Bachelor of Nursing will build your professional profile and prepare you to successfully enter and work within the field of nursing. Early in your studies, you will learn about the profession of nursing, which will introduce you to and build your knowledge of not only the nursing profession but the opportunities available in your career as a nurse. Throughout your studies, you will complete authentic assessments and learning activities that are structured in a way that provides plenty of opportunities to build your skills, knowledge and hands-on experience relevant to your nursing career. You will also be provided with career preparation tools such as an e-portfolio that you can use to showcase your abilities to potential employers and facilitate career planning while you are a student and upon graduation.
ENHANCED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
We’ve enhanced the learning experience at CQUni so that you can build your skills, knowledge and professional profile seamlessly. You’ll experience new ways to learn through innovative and modern learning technologies, authentic assessments and a broad approach to work-integrated learning. As a student, you’ll be exposed to innovative and new technologies such as simulated and interactive learning experience such as MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation), and Tag Team Patient Safety Simulation (TTPSS) designed to broaden your experience and enable you to engage with your studies in new and different ways.
You will have ample opportunities to connect with your profession through 800 hours of professional practice placements, broken into six placements in total throughout the duration of your studies. Your professional practice placements are scheduled so that there is one in your first year, three in your second year and two in your third and final year. In addition to these professional practice placements, you will participate in simulated learning activities via residential schools at your nominated Clinical Learning Centre at one of the CQUniversity accredited delivery sites in either Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townville or Port Hedland. These simulations will prepare you for your professional practice placements that occur with different health organisations across Australia. For your professional practice placements, while we aim to keep you close to home, your placements may require you to travel.
Our nursing students benefit from the local reach and presence of Australia’s largest regional university. Part of your learning will take place at one of our accredited delivery sites in Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville that feature nursing facilities that allow our students in these communities and across Australia to learn in a safe and simulated environment, that reflects a real-world setting. Our experienced nursing team works closely with local health services and industry partners as they play a crucial role in helping deliver quality courses that are matched to the needs of our students and the profession.
If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.
Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.
What’s the best way to apply?
- Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
- Option 2: Perfect for returning CQUni students, if you are changing your CQUni course, or you are a current or previous CQUni SUN, STEPS or VET student.
Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre.
View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.
|If you live in||Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*|
|Queensland||Apply via QTAC|
New South Wales;
Australian Capital Territory
|Apply via UAC|
|Apply via VTAC|
|Apply via SATAC|
|Western Australia||Apply via ApplyCQUni|
*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.
Option 2: Are you a returning CQUni student or changing your course? Apply directly to CQUniversity.
You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:
- have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course. (*A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.)
- are applying for a change of course or readmission.