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Bachelor of Nursing

Course summary

Nursing is one of the cornerstones of the health care system. Nurses play an important role in health promotion, prevention strategies, and 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.

There is a forecasted growth of 19.9% within Medical and Health Care Services and with this brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Health care has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth from 2015 to 2019. Source: Employment Projections

This degree

Our campuses are equipped with modern Nursing Simulation Laboratories where you will develop your nursing skills in a supportive environment prior to undertaking workplace experience. During the course you will attend 21 weeks of off-campus workplace experience in hospitals, clinics, aged care facilities and health services. This will allow you to care for patients and clients, putting into place what you have learned in lectures, tutorials, workshops and simulations.UOW nursing graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects with 96.4% in full-time employment within four months of graduating.

What you will study

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 emphasis 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.
*UAC Codes by campus:
  • 757101 Wollongong
  • 757102 UOW Bega
  • 757103 Shoalhaven
  • 757104 UOW Southern Sydney
  • 757105 UOW Batemans Bay

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong, Southern Sydney, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Course Code

863

ATAR (UAI)

70

IB Score

24-25

Duration

3 years (6 sessions) full-time ONLY.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

003330B

UAC Code

757101*

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

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.

Credit Transfer

Prospective students who are Registered Nurses holding a certificate or diploma should refer to the Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion) course for details.

A number of places are available for suitably qualified Enrolled Nurses to enter directly into the Bachelor of Nursing. To be eligible applicants must have:


  • Completed the TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing, the Advanced Certificate of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing), or the Diploma in Nursing;

  • At least one year of post-certificate clinical experience;

  • A current (or recent) employer's reference.

Successful applicants may be eligible for 12 credit points of unspecified credit at 100 level on the basis of the previous studies.

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: $13,248
Full Course Fee: $79,488

Entry Requirements



EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how your high marks in Years 11 and 12 can earn you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate, an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate, in Australia only. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Below is the indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree. These are the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Indicative Criteria
70% in English Standard OR
65% in English Advanced
AND
70% in any two other subjects

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law (excluding Mature Age Law). If you haven't been studying for some time please understand that the STAT test can be quite difficult. The WEA STAT Preparation Course is strongly recommended.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment. From 2010 the UAI will be replaced by the ATAR.

Credit Transfer

Prospective students who are Registered Nurses holding a certificate or diploma should refer to the Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion) course for details.

A number of places are available for suitably qualified Enrolled Nurses to enter directly into the Bachelor of Nursing. To be eligible applicants must have:


  • Completed the TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing, the Advanced Certificate of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing), or the Diploma in Nursing;

  • At least one year of post-certificate clinical experience;

  • A current (or recent) employer's reference.

Successful applicants may be eligible for 12 credit points of unspecified credit at 100 level on the basis of the previous studies.

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.

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.

Southern Sydney
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.

Shoalhaven
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.

Bega
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.

Batemans Bay
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

Session Commences

27 February 2017

Applications Close

Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: Applications are made through UAC and the on-time close date is 30 September.

Session Details

Orientation: 21 - 23 February 2017 (TBC)
Session: 27 February - 22 June 2017

Southern Sydney, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Session Commences

27 February 2017

Applications Close

Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: Applications are made through UAC and the on-time close date is 30 September.

Session Details

Orientation: 21 - 23 February 2017 (TBC)
Session: 27 February - 22 June 2017

Course structure

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Nursing 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 requires the successful completion of 144 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 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 CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
Year 1
Autumn
NMIH101Effective Communication in Health Care Relationships6Autumn
NMIH102Patterns of Knowing in Nursing6Autumn
NMIH103Art and Science of Nursing A6Autumn
NMIH104Art and Science of Nursing B*6Autumn
Spring
NMIH105Primary Health Care Nursing6Spring
NMIH106Essentials of Care A6Spring
NMIH107Essentials of Care B*6Spring
NMIH108Introduction to Health Behaviour Change6Spring
Year 2
Autumn
NMIH201Principles of Episodic Care6Autumn
NMIH202Developing Nursing Practice 1*6Autumn
NMIH203Family Centred Nursing6Autumn
NMIH204Reflection and Practice6Autumn
Spring
NMIH205Cultural Competence in Health Care Practice6Spring
NMIH206Therapeutics in Nursing6Spring
NMIH207Developing Nursing Practice 2*6Spring
NMIH208Mental Health Nursing 1*6Spring
Year 3
Autumn
NMIH301Nursing Care of People with Chronic Conditions*6Autumn
NMIH302Mental Health Nursing 2*6Autumn
NMIH303Therapeutic Use of Self6Autumn
NMIH304Evidence Appreciation and Application in Health Care Practice6Autumn
Spring
NMIH305Nursing Care of People with Complex Conditions6Spring
NMIH306Challenges of Ageing6Spring
NMIH307Leadership in Health Care Practice6Spring
NMIH308Transition to Professional Practice*6Spring

* denotes inclusion of workplace experience

Candidates should note that pre- and co-requisites apply to many subjects in the course. Satisfactory completion of all Year 2 nursing theory and practice subjects is a pre-requisite to enrolment in Year 3 nursing theory and practice subjects. The reason for these prescriptions is that the School of Nursing has a legal responsibility to ensure that candidates meet nursing theory and practice requirements at each level of the course.

Honours

An Honours degree program is available for eligible students. For further information refer to the separate entry for Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

Professional accreditation

You will be 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.Visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for further information.

Why choose this course?

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.

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 nursing degrees are accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 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 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.

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