Course and Subject Handbook 2021 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) [End-on]

Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) [End-on]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine


Healthcare Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of at least an AQF level 7 Bachelor of Nursing Science or Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery within the previous five years; and

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across the final three years of the bachelor degree

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Application for entry to the Honours program is by approval of the College Dean.

Quota restrictions on the number of honours places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College Dean.

Students for honours who have graduated with a pass degree from this or another university or who graduated more than five years ago may be required to complete such coursework or assessment as the College Dean recommends.

Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course.  Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Special admission requirements

Applicants must be a registered nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent and advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts, in the discipline of nursing

  • Critically review, analyse, synthesise and evaluate evidence to identify and provide solutions to complex problems of relevance to the discipline of nursing

  • Convey information, arguments and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences, demonstrating advanced proficiency in English language and, where appropriate, numeracy

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence

  • Identify and act upon opportunities for life-long learning as a strategy to promote professional development of self, others and the discipline of nursing.

Course Structure


NS4001:12 Nursing Science Honours Part 1 of 2

NS4002:12 Nursing Science Honours Part 2 of 2




JCU Townsville

No mid-year entry


Expected time to complete

1 year full-time

Approval to undertake the course part-time will be given only where the applicant can provide evidence that adequate contact with the College can be maintained throughout the studies.

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence



Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Not applicable

Maximum allowed



Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable