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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, our accredited Bachelor of Nursing will prepare you for a rewarding and diverse career as a competent and effective Registered Nurse (Division 1) General.

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.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:68 ATAR:68

UNITS/CREDITS

23/144

DURATION

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Brisbane, Rockhampton

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).

CRICOS

102338C

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).

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 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.

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 enter and work within the field of nursing successfully. 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 experiences 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.

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 our accredited delivery site in Rockhampton, which features nursing facilities, which 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 2 - 2023Brisbane Rockhampton

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.

From 2024, all international commencing students will be admitted to our Brisbane campus.

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

Depending on clinical placement availability, you may need to travel within or outside of your state for your clinical 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)
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

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).

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
International Indicative First Term Fee$17,010.00
International Indicative First Year Fee$33,450.00

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.

New South WalesONL: 162511
VictoriaONL: 1700110551
Western AustraliaONL: 152511
QueenslandROK: 850426; ONL: 851525

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

Apply direct

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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

When I received the Destination Australia Scholarship, I was overwhelmed with emotions. That was a proud moment for me and my family, and I am grateful towards the opportunity CQU has granted me. I will use this chance to the fullest with all my hard work and look forward to developing my skills.

Rajani Shrestha

Bachelor of Nursing

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Bachelor of Nursing