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Bachelor of Nursing - CL91

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

At CQUni, 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 CQUni's enhanced learning experience and launch your nursing career.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

Online, On Campus

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:66 ATAR:66

UNITS/CREDITS

23/144

DURATION

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Rockhampton, Online

RECOMMENDED STUDY

English, Maths, Biology or Science

CRICOS

020827B

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 is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). 

Principal's Recommendation Scheme
The Bachelor of Nursing (CL91) is open for applications via the Principal's Recommendation Scheme. Find out more about how to apply through the Principal's Recommendation Scheme

Core Units 23 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

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 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.

CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for a career as a registered nurse and offers you enhanced learning experiences.

CAREER PREPARATION
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.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
Placements
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. Placements are sourced as locally as possible to where you are studying however this is not always possible and you may be required to travel to complete placements. If you are studying in Victoria, you can complete your placements at Hamilton Hospital or we can try and source placements with providers that are closer to your location.

Residential Schools
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 and Townsville. In addition to these sites, students studying within Victoria may be able to attend residential schools at Hamilton Hospital. 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.

LOCAL PRESENCE
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.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2022Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online

Online study
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, and Townsville. In addition to these sites, students studying within Victoria may be able to attend residential schools at Hamilton Hospital. This 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. Placements are sourced as locally as possible to where you are studying however this is not always possible and you may be required to travel to complete placements. If you are studying in Victoria, you can complete your placements at Hamilton Hospital or we can try and source placements with providers that are closer to your location. 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.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Professional Experience Placement 1NURS11170Professional Experience Placement
Professional Experience Placement 2NURS12161Professional Experience Placement
Mental Health Nursing with Professional Experience PlacementNURS12162Professional Experience Placement
Professional Experience Placement 3NURS12164Professional Experience Placement
Professional Experience Placement 4NURS13142Professional Experience Placement
Professional Experience Placement 5NURS13145Professional Experience Placement
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)

Rank Threshold
SR 66 | ATAR 66.0

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2021.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2021 view our Institute Profile.

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. 

Entry Requirements

English Language Skills

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 provide evidence to demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

1. English is your primary language and:

a. 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 countries are: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America), OR

2. You hold current AHPRA Registration as an Enrolled Nurse;OR

3. You have achieved the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meet the meet the requirements for test results with results accepted as follows:

a. International English Language Testing System (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

NOTE

We will only accept test results:

i. from one test sitting, or

ii. a maximum of tow test sittings in a six month period only if:

· you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each sitting, and

· you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and

· no score inn any component of the test is below 6.5

b. Occupational English Test (OET) with a minimum score of B in each of the ou

NOTE

We will only accept test results:

i. from one test sitting, or

ii. 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 B in each component across the two sittings, and

· no score in any component of the test is below C.

c. Pearson Test of English Academic (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).

NOTE

We will only accept test results:

i. from one test sitting, or

ii. a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if:

· a minimum overall score of 65 in 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.

d. The Test of English Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt with a minimum 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.

NOTE:

We will only accept test results:

i. from one test sitting, or

ii. 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.


English Language Skills 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 will be assessed individually.

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 can be outside of CQUniversity's control and are therefore subject to change.

Health Requirements

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.

Assumed Knowledge

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).

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.

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. 

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$4,488.00
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:

  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

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.

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New South WalesONL: 162511
VictoriaONL: 1700110551
Western AustraliaONL: 152511
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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: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

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
Victoria; Tasmania Apply via VTAC
South Australia; Northern Territory 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: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni
Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Geraldton Universities Centre Supported online study which may include local tutorial support, and access to local study facilities.
Uni Hub Spencer Gulf Supported online study which may include local tutorial support, and access to local study facilities.
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.

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Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.
As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:

  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.

The Bachelor of Nursing (CL91) is open for applications via the Principal's Recommendation Scheme. Find out more about how to apply through the Principal's Recommendation Scheme.

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I am very interested in paediatric or neonatal nursing, as well as, emergency nursing. There are so many different areas of nursing – that’s something I’m really looking forward to, having variety in my career.

Jessica Whalley

Bachelor of Nursing

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