Bachelor of Nursing

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Bachelor of Nursing

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CSU's Bachelor of Nursing is a contemporary and competitive course, developed in close association with the industry to prepare graduates for a career in nursing. It is offered for on campus study and by distance education, with a range of credit packages available.

  • Why study this course?

    What will I learn?

    CSU's Bachelor of Nursing philosophy encompasses primary healthcare, Indigenous Australian cultures, strength based nursing, person-centred care and social justice.

    The Bachelor of Nursing will promote an understanding of the social, ethical and cultural contexts of health and the significant role that nursing can play in the lives of people and communities. 

    Subject areas include:

    • primary health care
    • essential nursing care
    • professional and communication skills for nursing
    • law for nurses
    • Indigenous Australian cultures
    • evidence-informed professional practice
    • mental health nursing
    • acute care
    • care of the deteriorating patient
    • chronic and complex nursing care
    • international and national perspective of primary health care
    • child, adolescent and family health
    • caring for the older person
    • transition to professional practice
    • human bioscience, pathophysiology and pharmacology 
    Industry links

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health holds affiliation agreements with a number of other education providers and has a strong link with the Western, Far Western and Murrumbidgee Local Health Districts of NSW, as well as neighbouring area health services in NSW and northern Victoria. These relationships allow teaching staff to be kept up-to-date with what is happening out in the health care sector. It also provides opportunity for students to gain real-world practical experience throughout their studies and ensures that courses continue to meet the needs of the industry and profession.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates work professionally as nurses in diverse settings such as:

    • community health centres
    • public and private hospitals and health facilities
    • specialty and general practice
    • medical surgeries
    • aged care facilities
    • defence forces
    • primary health care
    • primary and secondary industries
    • work health and safety
    • insurance
    • research
    • education

    Registered Nurses have very good employment prospects, with most graduates gaining employment within the first six months after completion of their course. Many final year nursing students will know if they have a graduate nurse position prior to completing their studies.

    CSU nursing graduates work in health agencies across NSW and interstate, and may seek overseas registration. 

    After registration, graduates may specialise within an area of nursing interest. For example, Bachelor of Nursing graduates may study further to become qualified in specialist areas of nursing such as mental health, high dependency, midwifery and paediatric nursing at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master level.

  • Credit and pathways
    Australian Enrolled/Division 2 Nurses

    Enrolled/Division 2 Nurses who also hold:

    • TAFE Diploma of Nursing Course No. 4393 and Diploma of Nursing Course Nos. HLT51607 or HLT51612 will receive a 72 point credit package
    • TAFE Certificate IV Course No. 3262 (2008 and beyond) will receive a 40 point credit package
    • TAFE Certificate IV Course No. 3228 (prior to 2008) will receive a 24 point credit package or 32 point credit package with Enrolled / Division 2 Nurse endorsement.

    Students who have completed Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse qualifications at TAFE and other institutions outside NSW will have their application for credit assessed on an individual basis by the Undergraduate Program Leader.

    Other educational institutions

    Students with qualifications from other educational institutions may be awarded credit for one or more subjects. Students will need to provide certified academic transcripts demonstrating successful completion of subjects along with associated documentation that establishes material studied is relevant to a CSU Bachelor of Nursing subject.

    To find out which subjects you may be exempt from, visit Nursing in the CSU Handbook.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students who have previously completed part or all of a tertiary course may be eligible for credit, as per CSU Credit Regulations.

    The following credit packages apply for Enrolled Division 2 Nurses entering the Bachelor of Nursing.

    Enrolled Division 2 Nurse Diploma of Nursing NSW TAFE Course No 4393  Diploma of Nursing Course No. HLT 51607 and Course No. HLT 51612

    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    NRS111 Professional Nursing 1: Foundations of Learning
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care:Foundation Skills
    NRS123 Professional Nursing: Health Law for Nurses
    NRS212 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Health and Nursing

    Enrolled Division 2 Nurse  Certificate IV (2008 and beyond): Course No. 3262

    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS212 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Health and Nursing

    Enrolled Division 2 Nurse Cert IV (prior to 2008) Course No 3228

    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication

    Enrolled Division 2 Nurse Cert IV (prior to 2008) Course No 3228 + Medication Endorsement

    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills 


  • Workplace learning

    Students studying this course will be required to undertake workplace learning in various health care facilities that could be in the community, primary health care facilities or hospitals. The hours of workplace learning required will depend on whether credit has been awarded and is variable between subjects. Study within the University is closely integrated with practical experience gained within a variety of health care facilities.

    Whilst attending workplace learning, you will work as part of the health care or nursing team and deliver nursing care under the supervision and guidance of your clinical supervisor or facilitator. Clinical supervisors and facilitators are experienced registered nurses who will supervise and guide you during workplace learning experiences.

    Workplace learning experiences can range in length from two to four weeks. Students are responsible for costs of accommodation and travel to the allocated facilities and are required to purchase and wear the CSU uniform whilst attending workplace learning.

    Students also experience hands-on learning during practical sessions within various subjects conducted in CSU's simulated work spaces.

    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

    The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

    At the point of applying for registration as a Registered Nurse (RN), graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing must supply evidence of good character to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Evidence of any history of criminal convictions indicating any driving offences (for example, speeding) must be notified to the Board at the time of applying for registration as a nurse (parking tickets are not of interest).

    For more information, refer to the Board's requirements for registration.

    Proposed course structure for 2015 is subject to approval by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

  • Subjects

    Proposed course structure for 2015 is subject to approval by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). The below information is for new students. Current students will be provided with transition progressions.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Bachelor of Nursing course is of 192 points duration, comprising the following  8 and 16  point subjects:

    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    NRS111 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Learning
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS123 Professional Nursing: Health Law for Nurses
    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care (16 point)
    NRS212 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Health and Nursing
    NRS221 Life-stage Considerations: The Older Person
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing (16 points)
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient (16 points)
    NRS313 Professional Nursing: Transition to Practice
    NRS326 International and National Perspectives on Primary Health Care
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice (16 point)
    NRS328 Professional Nursing: Evidence-informed Practice

    Key Subjects

    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care (16 point)
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient (16 points)
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice (16 point)

    See Bachelor of Nursing enrolment pattern

  • Studying by distance education
    CSU's Bachelor of Nursing allows for a flexible workload for students choosing to study by distance education. The course can normally be completed within three to four years depending on the amount of credit awarded.
  • Residential schools

    Students studying by distance education attend compulsory residential schools held on CSU's campuses, generally at Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, for some nursing and science subjects. Residential schools range from one to four days for each subject. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are able to attend all compulsory residential schools and block clinical placements.

    Please check with the University for residential school dates prior to making your application to ensure you will be able to attend. Residential schools are a requirement for successful completion of the related subject. Residential school periods are February, April, June/July and August/September, depending on which subjects you are enrolled in.

    Proposed course structure for 2015 is subject to approval by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Admission to the course is based on a NSW HSC (or equivalent) ATAR of 70.00. Applications are made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). International students must hold a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 to be eligible for admission.

    It is recommended that all applicants read the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia standards relating to English language and criminal history checks, which are available on the Board's website.

    Non Year 12 applicants who apply through UAC are given consideration in regard to educational and employment history.

    Please note that the Bachelor of Nursing studied on campus has a workplace learning component in the first year. As the hepatitis B immunisation takes six months for full vaccination, it is recommended that students commence immunisation as soon as possible in order to undertake workplace learning.

    Distance education applications

    To be admitted to the course, applicants are required to hold one of the following, plus Enrolled / Division 2 Nurses must have current registration with AHPRA:

    • Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse (TAFE NSW Certificate IV in Nursing Course No. 3262) (undertaken from 2008)
    • Enrolled Nurse/Division 2 Nurse with a Certificate IV or Conversion to Cert IV TAFE NSW Course No. 3228 (undertaken prior to 2008)
    • Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse TAFE Diploma of Nursing Course No. 4393
    • Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse Diploma of Nursing Course Nos HLT51607 or HLT51612
    • Enrolled/Division 2 Nurses Advanced Certificate
    • Enrolled/Division 2 Nurses Hospital Certificate
    • completion of the equivalent of the first year of the Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Nursing on campus.

    Intakes into the distance education mode will be as follows:

    • Session 1 (Feb): ONLY applicants who hold a Certificate IV in Enrolled Nursing (or equivalent)
    • Session 2 (July): ONLY applicants who hold a Diploma of Nursing (Course Nos HLT51607 or HLT51612)
    • students applying for admission with credit from other universities can apply for either session, but credit and admission will be assessed individually.
    Please note that for all distance education applications, no application will be assessed without copies of transcripts and awards from previous study. If you are transferring from another university you will also need to supply subject outlines for all subjects you have completed. Subject outlines must include the learning outcomes and objectives and are available from your university.
      Additional admission information  

      Required knowledge

      Currently no secondary school subjects are prerequisites for admission, however mathematics, biology and English (Standard) are highly recommended as providing a sound foundation for assumed knowledge. The PDHPE and/or chemistry subjects are also highly recommended. 

      STUDY LINK offers a nursing science short course. SSS016 Transition to Nursing Studies and SSS025 Introduction to Bioscience are offered prior to the commencement of the degree. For more information visit STUDY LINK.

      See standard CSU admission criteria

    • Cost of study

      Fees are relevant for 2015 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

      Tuition costs
      Commonwealth supported place

      You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

      Options:

      1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
      2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
      6800*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

      * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

      More about Commonwealth supported places

      On campus (onshore) study mode
      3200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

      * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

      More information about international student fees

    • Course details
      Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
      VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113091
      DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYNNISBO
      DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNISNQ
      UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214654
      DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNNISBQ
      UACOn CampusDubboCGSYNN214655
      UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYNN214657
      DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKSN
      DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYNNKSM
      DirectDistance EducationWangarattaCGSNYNESBW
      DirectOn CampusDubboCGSYNNKSDN
      UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN214651
      DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYNESBN

      LEGEND
      CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
      FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
      FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
      Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
      NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
      TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

      Graduation requirements

      To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete all core subjects up to a total of 192 points.

      The BN has been designed to integrate theory and practice and constructively align course and subject outcomes with authentic assessment tasks and learning and teaching activities. The student prior to completion of the course must demonstrate the achievement of the NMBA National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse which will be assessed  by a Registered Nurse using the National Competency Assessment Schedule (NCAS).

    • How to apply
      Apply through UAC

      Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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      Apply through VTAC

      Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

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      Apply direct to CSU

      Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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      Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

      International recruitment agents

      CRICOS Code(s)

      010599C (Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst)

      Thinking of deferring?

      Find out more about deferral

    • Academic expectations

      For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

      Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

      Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

      Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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