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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, 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. It 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 private and public healthcare 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.

  • Professional recognition
    This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation council and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
  • 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 Nos. HLT51607 and HLT51612

    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.

    Clinical placements will take place at various times during Session 1 [PDF] and Session 2 [PDF] 2017 depending on subjects and study mode.

    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.

    The current Bachelor of Nursing was listed by the Nurses and Midwives Board on the recommendation of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council from 1 November 2014 to 1 November 2019 as an approved program of study leading to general registration.

  • Subjects

    The current Bachelor of Nursing was listed by the Nurses and Midwives Board on the recommendation of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council from 1 November 2014 to 1 November 2019 as an approved program of study leading to general registration.

    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 point)
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient (16 point)
    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 point)
    NRS313 Professional Nursing: Transition to Practice
    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 part time, full time, on campus, online or a combination of both.

    For Enrolled Nurses who want to study online and apply for credit for their Diploma of Nursing (Course Nos HLT51607 or HLT51612) intake into the Bachelor of Nursing is also available in July (Session 2). Refer to the Admission information below to find out more.

  • Residential schools

    Online students attend compulsory residential schools held on CSU's 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 and locations 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 normally February, April and June/July, depending on which subjects you are enrolled in.

    As a guide, you can view the PDF calendar for Sessions 1 and 2 2017 here

    The following subjects will have a compulsory residential school component:

    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Students will be admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing according to CSU Admission Regulations. Entry requirements are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF Level 7) guidelines for Bachelor Degrees.

    Admission to the course is based on the following:
    • completion of an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) where the minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent is achieved (applications are normally made to and processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) and the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC);
    • international entrants must hold a minimum Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 or above in every band in order to be eligible for admission (NMBA require an IELTS score of 7 for registration);
    • completion of a degree or partial completion of a degree (more than one year);
    • completion of a relevant Diploma or Certificate IV with relevant work experience;
    • Enrolled Division 2 Nurse with a current practicing certificate with the NMBA (TAFE NSW Certificate IV in Nursing Course No. 3262) (undertaken from 2008). Successful applicants will be given 40 points credit in recognition of prior learning (applications are normally made direct to and processed by the CSU Admissions Office);
    • Enrolled Division 2 Nurse with a current practicing certificate with the NMBA (Certificate IV or Conversion to Cert IV TAFE NSW Course No. 3228 (undertaken prior to 2008). Successful applicants will be given 24 points credit in recognition of prior learning (applications are normally made direct to and processed by the CSU Admissions Office);
    • attainments and experience documented and submitted to UAC or VTAC can include: tests and examinations conducted by recognised professional bodies, continuing education programs and/or staff development programs, special tertiary admissions test (STAT).
    There is no assumed knowledge.

    Mid Year Intake only for Enrolled Division 2 Nurses Diploma of Nursing qualification
    Enrolled Division 2 Nurses with a current practicing certificate with the NMBA holding one of the following Diploma of Nursing qualifications must apply for the mid year intake into the Bachelor of Nursing. Applications will be made to and processed by CSU Admissions Office.
    • TAFE NSW Diploma of Nursing Course No. 4393. Successful applicants will be given 72 points credit in recognition of prior learning
    • Diploma of Nursing Course Nos. HLT51607 or HLT51612. Successful applicants will be given 72 points credit in recognition of prior learning.


    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    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
    6904*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
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

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

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: 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.

    Apply through UAC

    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.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

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

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    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 (Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS016 - Transition to Nursing Studies
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • 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.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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