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 health conditions. Nurses are integral in the treatment of individuals, families, communities and populations. This is a privileged position and carries with it significant responsibility.

Our campuses are equipped with modern Clinical Learning 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 Clinical Learning Laboratories. UOW nursing graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects with 98.1% in full-time, part-time or casual employment within four months of graduating compared to the national average of 94.8%.

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 Bega
  • 757103 Shoalhaven
  • 757104 Southern Sydney
  • 757105 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*

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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.

In addition, overseas’ students must also provide a Police Certificate from their home country/any country they have resided in, or a signed Statutory Declaration with no convictions/pending charges.

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

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,328
Full Course Fee: $85,968

Entry Requirements



EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure 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 an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

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

2018 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.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants: All applications must be made through UAC. On-time UAC applications close 29 September.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Detail
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

    Southern Sydney

    Session Commences
    26 February 2018

    Applications Close
    Domestic Applicants: All applications must be made through UAC. On-time UAC applications close 29 September.

    Session Detail
    Orientation: 20 - 22 February
    Session: 26 February - 21 June

    Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

    Session Commences
    26 February 2018

    Applications Close
    Domestic Applicants: All applications must be made through UAC. On-time UAC applications close 29 September.

    Session Detail
    Orientation: 20 - 22 February
    Session: 26 February - 21 June

    Course structure

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    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).

    Course Handbook

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Accreditation & professional recognition

    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

    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.

    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. 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.

    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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