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Bachelor of Nursing (Overseas Qualified Nurses)

Course summary

This two-year degree is for nurses who gained their qualification, and are registered outside of Australia. Nursing is one of the cornerstones of the health care system and nurses play an important role in health promotion and prevention strategies, and in care of people with episodic, chronic and complex care. Nurses are integral in the treatment of individuals, families, communities and populations. This is a privileged position and carries with it significant responsibility.

This degree provides you with a theoretical and professional practical education. Throughout the two-year degree, you will undertake 19 weeks of off-campus workplace experience in a variety of settings and different health services. Nursing at UOW gives you hands-on experience in various clinical placement settings. Our campus is equipped with Nursing Simulation Laboratories where you will develop your nursing skills in a supportive environment prior to undertaking workplace experience. UOW nursing graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects with 96.4% in full-time employment within four months of graduating (http://www.qilt.edu.au/institutions/institution/university-of-wollongong/nursing )

What you will study

Before starting this degree you will be required to attend a compulsory three-week orientation and pass all assessment activities. This orientation module ensures that you have the prerequisite knowledge and skills for clinical practice, as nursing processes and safety content in Year 1 includes medication, infection control, CPR, manual handling, medical terminology and colloquial language within the Australian context. This module is delivered via a program of simulations and workshops and includes a series of structured challenges on which you will be assessed. The orientation module is held three weeks prior to the start of Autumn session in February. If you do not pass the assessment, you will be offered a place in the three-year Bachelor of Nursing degree.

This degree is a blend of art and science, which includes biosciences, social and behavioural sciences; effective interpersonal and group communication skills; and skills in effective and collaborative ways of working. There are four main areas of study:

  • 'Acute care' in nursing; this is caring for people who are experiencing a distinct episode of illness.
  • 'Aged care' in order to meet the needs of older people we emphasise healthy ageing, as well as chronic and continuing care.
  • 'Community and primary care' working in practices, clinics and in people's homes alongside nurses and other health professionals.
  • 'Mental health conditions' can occur in any setting (hospital or community) with any patient cohort with unique challenges across the life span

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1836

ATAR (UAI)

-

IB Score

26-27

Duration

2 years (4 sessions) full-time

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

068539C

UAC Code

-

Information on Fees, Assumed Knowledge and Key Dates

Academic Requirements

Applicants must be registered as a professional nurse in their home jurisdiction, and must either have gained their professional nursing qualification within the last 10 years OR have practised as a registered nurse for three of the last ten years. The qualification leading to nursing registration must be at least two years (full time or equivalent) in length and at a post-secondary level and totally 14 years of formal education.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

20

20

20

20

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: 65% in Academic Reading and Writing and 65% in Academic Listening and Speaking.

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Record Check

The NSW Health Department requires all students undertaking clinical placements at NSW Health hospitals and facilities to:

  • undergo a national criminal record check; and
  • comply with NSW Health's immunisation requirements

prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW health system.

This criminal record clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police and/or the Australian Federal Police. Students are required to arrange for this check to be undertaken following enrolment, and the cost of the check will be their responsibility.

International students are required to provide an official criminal record clearance, in English, from their home country prior to their arrival in Australia.

Students should consult the information on Criminal Records Checks, Prohibited Employment Declaration and Infectious Diseases in the Additional Information section.

Fees

2017 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $13,776
Full Course Fee: $55,104

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants must be registered as a professional nurse in their home jurisdiction, and must either have gained their professional nursing qualification within the last ten years or have practised as a registered nurse for three of the last ten years. The qualification leading to nursing registration must be at least two years (full time or equivalent) in length and at a post-secondary level.

Record Check

The NSW Health Department requires all students undertaking clinical placements at NSW Health hospitals and facilities to:

  • undergo a national criminal record check; and
  • comply with NSW Health's immunisation requirements

prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW health system.

This criminal record clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police and/or the Australian Federal Police. Students are required to arrange for this check to be undertaken following enrolment, and the cost of the check will be their responsibility.

International students are required to provide an official criminal record clearance, in English, from their home country prior to their arrival in Australia.

Students should consult the information on Criminal Records Checks, Prohibited Employment Declaration and Infectious Diseases in the Additional Information section.

Fees

2017 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

2017 Autumn

Wollongong

Start Date:
27 February 2017

Applications Close:
Key dates are: 

  • Domestic Applicants: 30 September*
  • International applicants: 31 December*

Late applications will be accepted where places are available.

* As a condition of entry to the program, all applicants are required to attend a compulsory three-week orientation module commencing in early February and pass all assessment activities.

Detail:
Orientation: 21 - 23 February
Session: 27 February - 22 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Nursing for Overseas Qualified Nurses (BNOQN) will be able to:

  1. Evaluate knowledge, skills and behaviours for the provision of safe and effective quality and culturally appropriate nursing care.
  2. Critically evaluate relevant theories and frameworks that inform contemporary nursing.
  3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of knowledge, skills and behaviours commensurate with an effective nurse leader, educator and researcher.
  4. Assess, plan, deliver and evaluate person-centred and family focussed care, utilising the Roper-Logan-Tierney (2000) model of living/model for nursing.
  5. Use clinical reasoning skills for effective clinical decisions.
  6. Employ effective professional interpersonal and communication skills.
  7. Work effectively within an interprofessional health care team.
  8. Demonstrate initiative and judgement within professional, ethical and legal frameworks.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to create a therapeutic relationship with acknowledgement of professional requirements.
  10. Engage in reflexive nursing practice contributing to personal and professional development. 

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Nursing for Overseas Qualified Nurses requires the successful completion of 96 credit points of subjects in accordance with the table below.

In order to attend workplace experience, students must meet NSW Health Department requirements in regard to Criminal Record Checks and Infectious Disease. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be able to attend workplace experience and therefore will not be able to continue in the Bachelor of Nursing for Overseas Qualified Nurses. For further information on Criminal Record Checks and Infectious Diseases please see visit Student Clearances for Clinical Placements - NSW Department of Health.

Inherent requirements ensure the academic integrity of a course is maintained and preserves the university's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students. For more information on the Inherent Requirements of our Nursing programs, please see the UOW Inherent Requirements website.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
NMIH101 Effective Communication in Health Care Relationships 6 Autumn
NMIH102 Patterns of Knowing in Nursing 6 Autumn
NMIH201 Principles of Episodic Care 6 Autumn
NMIH202 Developing Nursing Practice 1 6 Autumn
Spring
NMIH205 Cultural Competence in Health Care Practice 6 Spring
NMIH206 Therapeutics in Nursing 6 Spring
NMIH207 Developing Nursing Practice 2 6 Spring
NMIH208 Mental Health Nursing 1 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn
NMIH203 Family Centred Nursing 6 Autumn
NMIH204 Reflection and Practice 6 Autumn
NMIH304 Evidence Appreciation and Application in Health Care Practice 6 Autumn
NMIH322 Nursing Care of People with Chronic and Complex Conditions 6 Autumn
Spring
NMIH323 Primary and Community Health Care Nursing 6 Spring
NMIH306 Challenges of Ageing 6 Spring
NMIH307 Leadership in Health Care Practice 6 Spring
NMIH308 Transition to Professional Practice 6 Spring

Orientation Module

The compulsory orientation module will ensure that the students have the pre-requisite knowledge and skills for clinical practice, nursing process and safety content in Year 1 to include: medication, infection control, CPR, manual handling, medical terminology and colloquial language within the Australian context. This will be via a program of simulation and workshops that will include a series of challenges that will be structured and assessed. The orientation module is scheduled three weeks prior to the commencement of Autumn session in February each year.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).Registration with AHPRA will require you to be a native English speaker, or achieve an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 7.0 in all four test categories: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Results must have been obtained no more than 2 years prior to applying for registration. Therefore graduates will be required to take a further IELTS test even if the required results were demonstrated prior to enrolment in the Bachelor of Nursing (Overseas Qualified Nurses). Visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for further information.

Why choose this course

Medical and Health Care Services has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 23.2% to employment growth from 2015 to 2020. With this, brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Source: Employment Projections

Working in health requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You'll benefit from practical placements where you'll develop your skills on real people, in the real world.

Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers and experienced clinicians, so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future. Our professional health degrees are accredited by industry, so the qualifications you earn will be recognised and highly sought after when you graduate. The University of Wollongong strongly supports the principles of inclusion, equal opportunity and the right of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and strives to accommodate all students.

Inherent requirements ensure the integrity of a course is maintained and preserves the university's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students. For more information on the Inherent Requirements of our Nursing programs, please see the UOW Inherent Requirements website.

Career opportunities
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Community or Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor
  • Exercise Scientist/Physiologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Industry Health Worker
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Rehabilitator
  • Sports Scientist
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Allied Health Professional
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