Course Information

Bachelor of Nursing

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Overview

Campus: Wollongong, Southern Sydney, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Duration: 3 years (6 sessions) full-time ONLY.

Delivery: On Campus

Study Area: Allied Health, Nursing

ATAR (UAI): 70
CRICOS: 003330B
Course Code: 863
UAC: 757101*

UOW's nursing curriculum is a distinctive blend of art and science, which includes sociology, anthropology, psychology and biology (particularly human anatomy and physiology). This rich blend makes for an exciting integrated foundation to your development as a nursing student.

Nursing is a diverse field, but at UOW we have identified four main areas of nursing practice and develooped our curriculum to match:

  • Acute care: Most common in a hospital setting, this is caring for people who are suffering a distinct episode of illness.
  • Aged care: In order to meet the needs of older people we emphasise health ageing, as well as chronic and continuing care.
  • Community and primary care: Working in practices, clinics and in people's homes alongside other health professionals.
  • Mental health: This is a mixture of 'patient states' with unique challenges, and it can occur in any setting (hospitals or community) with any patient cohort across the life span.

Being educated in these areas and learning to move between them will prepare you for almost any nursing career.

All students complete a clinical experience program in each session of study in health services in Wollongong, Sydney and country/rural health regions across New South Wales.

The Bridging Program for Enrolled Nurses provides a pathway into UOW's Bachelor of Nursing. Students must be registered as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and must have completed TAFE Course 14393 - Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), or equivalent. Upon successful completion of all components of the Bridging Program for Enrolled Nurses, students may enter into year two of the Bachelor of Nursing. For further information contact the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health.

*UAC Codes by campus:

  • 757101 Wollongong
  • 757102 UOW Bega
  • 757103 Shoalhaven
  • 757104 UOW Southern Sydney
  • 757105 UOW Batemans Bay

Professional Accreditation

Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) through the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) subject to meeting the registration standards, including English language proficiency. NMBA currently requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0, and at least 7.0 in 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.

For information regarding registration standards visit the NMBA website.

Why Choose This Course?

UOW nursing graduates are highly regarded for their clinical competence, knowledge and caring attitudes in nursing practice.

The School of Nursing provides clinical access to a wide variety of health services in both the public and private sectors within the Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan and country/ rural health regions. The variety of clinical experiences provided prepares students for professional practice in such areas as acute hospital care, paediatrics, intensive care, emergency, community health, operating and recovery room, maternal and child care, developmental disability, mental health, aged care and long term care.

The Bachelor of Nursing course makes extensive use of small group work in tutorials, seminars and simulation sessions and includes face-to-face and web based learning. This enables personal attention to all students from the academic staff.

Australian Residents

Year 12

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of Science

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 get your ATAR. This program is for students completing their Higher School Certificate, or interstate equivalent, in Australia only.

The below indicative criteria shows the subject marks applicants were required to achieve to be considered for 2015 Early Admission into this degree. The Early Admission program and this criteria may change for 2016.

Applications for 2016 Early Admission will open in August 2015.

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.

Mature students with professional work experience may qualify for entry to some Graduate Certificates. Academic advice needed.

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

2015 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.

International Students

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 one of Academic Listening and Speaking or Critical Literacy (with at least 50% in the other).

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

2015 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $12,800
Full Course Fee: $76,800

International students can only study this program at the Wollongong Campus.

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.

Key Dates

2015 Autumn

Wollongong

Start Date:
2 March 2015

Applications Close:
Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: All applications must be made through UAC. On-time UAC applications close 30 September.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Detail:
Orientation: 24 - 26 February
Session: 2 March - 25 June

    Southern Sydney, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

    Start Date:
    2 March 2015

    Applications Close:
    Domestic Applicants: All applications must be made through UAC. On-time UAC applications close 30 September.

    Detail:
    Orientation: 24 - 26 February
    Session: 2 March - 25 June

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