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Course and Subject Handbook 2022 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Nursing Science [Post-Registration]

Bachelor of Nursing Science [Post-Registration]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Healthcare Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Candidates must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Applicants must provide documentary evidence with their QTAC application.

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

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

Students are encouraged to review JCU short courses and workshops if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Note: This course does not lead to registration or accreditation. Registration is a pre-requisite.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing Science [Post-Registration], the graduate will be able to:

In collaboration with other health care professionals:

  • Employ critical thinking and the best available evidence in making decisions that guide safe, quality nursing practice within person-centred and evidence-based frameworks.
  • Purposefully engage in effective therapeutic and professional relationships based on collegial generosity in a context of mutual trust and respect.
  • Demonstrate accountability for ensuring they are safe, capable practitioners, including ongoing self-management and responding to concerns about other health professionals’ capability for practice.
  • Accept responsibility for their professional development and contribute to the development of others, including the provision of information and education that enable people to make decisions and take action in relation to their health.
  • Accurately conduct comprehensive and systematic assessments, including the analysis of information, data and outcomes as the basis for practice.
  • Collaboratively plan, administer, document and effectively communicate quality nursing practice based on the appraisal of comprehensive, relevant information and evidence.
  • Administer, or as appropriate delegate, quality and ethical goal-directed care based on comprehensive and systematic assessment, and the best available evidence, to achieve planned and agreed outcomes.
  • Take responsibility for the evaluation of practice based on agreed priorities, goals, plans and outcomes and revise practice accordingly.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


48 credit points of credit for current registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with AHPRA

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

NS2771:03 The Professional Role

NS3363:03 Mental Health for Nursing and Midwifery


Select NS2216:03 Rural and Remote Nursing or NS2220:03 Specialisation Project or 3 credit points of any undergraduate subject

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

HS2101:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2219:03 Inclusive Practice




JCU Cairns


JCU Mackay

JCU Mount Isa


JCU Townsville



Some subjects may require face-to-face teaching in mixed mode subjects


Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3  years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements

Not applicable

Accreditation requirements

Students must be registered as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with AHPRA

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Not eligible

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


Honours availability

An additional honours year is available [end-on]


Candidates will typically require a grade point average of 5.0 or above across the course to be eligible for honours. Potential students should consult the honours course coordinator before applying.