Bachelor of Nursing

Course summary

Nurses play an important role in the healthcare system and are involved in a range of activities that are designed to provide care of people with acute, chronic and complex health conditions. Nurses are integral in the treatment of individuals, families, communities and populations.

You will have opportunities to apply theory to practice in modern clinical learning laboratories 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 be immersed in the practice of nursing where you will care for patients and clients, putting into practice what you have learned in lectures, tutorials, workshops and clinical learning laboratories. UOW nursing graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects with 93.1% in full-time employment within four months of graduating compared to the national average of 80.1%. Source: QILT

What you will study

This degree covers four main areas of study and includes:

  • 'Acute care' in nursing; this is caring for people who are experiencing a distinct episode of illness.
  • 'Chronic and 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' can occur in any setting (hospital or community) with any patient cohort with unique challenges across the life span.

Furthermore, this degree includes content from the biological and social sciences, research, leadership and contemporary professional issues.

UAC Codes by campus:

  • 757101 Wollongong
  • 757102 Bega
  • 757103 Shoalhaven
  • 757104 Southern Sydney
  • 757105 Batemans Bay
  • 757106 South Western Sydney

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong, Southern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Course Code

863

ATAR-SR

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

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, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 70 or an IB of 24-25. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

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.

ENTRY 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.

In addition to these criteria, nursing degrees also have inherent requirements that must be met.


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

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

20

20

20

20

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: 75% in Academic Reading and Writing and 75% in Academic Listening and Speaking.

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


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$14,760 (2019)

$88,560 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



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 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: 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)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Autumn

Southern Sydney, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Orientation: Check your campus details
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants on this campus.

    2019 Autumn

    South Western Sydney

    Orientation: Check your campus details
    Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

    Applications Close

    • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
    • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

    Course structure

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

    CLO Description
    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

    To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Nursing, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points 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 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 Inherent Requirements webpage.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
    Year 1
    Autumn
    NMIH101 Effective Communication in Health Care Relationships 6
    NMIH102 Patterns of Knowing in Nursing 6
    NMIH103 Art and Science of Nursing A 6
    NMIH104 Art and Science of Nursing B 6
    Spring
    NMIH105 Primary Health Care Nursing 6
    NMIH106 Essentials of Care A 6
    NMIH107 Essentials of Care B 6
    NMIH108 Introduction to Health Behaviour Change 6
    Year 2
    Autumn
    NMIH201 Principles of Episodic Care 6
    NMIH202 Developing Nursing Practice 1 6
    NMIH203 Family Centred Nursing 6
    NMIH204 Reflection and Practice 6
    Spring
    NMIH205 Cultural Competence in Health Care Practice 6
    NMIH206 Therapeutics in Nursing 6
    NMIH207 Developing Nursing Practice 2 6
    NMIH208 Mental Health Nursing 1 6
    Year 3
    Autumn
    NMIH301 Nursing Care of People with Chronic Conditions 6
    NMIH302 Mental Health Nursing 2 6
    NMIH303 Therapeutic Use of Self 6
    NMIH304 Evidence Appreciation and Application in Health Care Practice 6
    Spring
    NMIH305 Nursing Care of People with Complex Conditions 6
    NMIH306 Challenges of Ageing 6
    NMIH307 Leadership in Health Care Practice 6
    NMIH308 Transition to Professional Practice 6

    * 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.

    Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components 

    This course contains a total of 840 hours over 21 weeks of compulsory work-based placements. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

    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

    Upon completion of the degree, you may be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registration with NMBA 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 website for further information.

    Why choose this course

    Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 25.1% to employment growth from 2017 to 2022. 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.

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