Bachelor of Nursing Science (Post-registration)

Course Code & Version

78210U (v3), 78210E (v1)


Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Candidates must be Registered Nurses, currently registered with any Australian State or Territory Nursing Registration Board or eligible for Registration in Australia. Applicants must provide documentary evidence with their QTAC application.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 7) Guidelines for Bachelor degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to Hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Bachelor degree Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 7).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

NS3118:03 Evidence-Based Practice


Select 18 credit points of specified level 1, 2 or 3 subjects

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

HS1005:03 Lifespan Development for Health

HS1111:03 Communication for Nursing and Midwifery

NS1211:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 1

NS1012:03 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

NS1220:03 Primary Health Care

NS1222:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 2

HS2000:03 Social Constructions of Health in Australia

HS2101:03 Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2022:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 3

NS2112:03 Grief and Crisis Management

NS2214:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 4

PP2131:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

PP2231:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2

NS3320:03 Community Approaches to Care

NS3223:03 Preparation for Nursing Practice

NS3224:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 6

NS3225:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 6 (Mental Health)

NS3322:03 Nursing in the Tropics

NS3340:03 Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

NS3350:03 Health and Illness in the Older Adult

NS3360:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 5

NS3361:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 5 (Mental Health)

NS3370:03 Issues in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing









Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements

Not applicable

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Not eligible

Maximum allowed



Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

An additional honours year is available


Candidates must satisfy the School requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.