Bachelor of Nursing Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Nursing Science

Nursing is one of the world’s most respected professions and Nursing at JCU has a distinctive rural, regional and tropical focus that you will not find anywhere else in Australia.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns; Mackay; Mount Isa; Thursday Island
Available CNS and TSV for international students
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English. Biology, Chemistry and any Maths is desirable
OP/Rank
10/79

Career opportunities

There is a high demand for registered nurses in Australia, and the employment rate is expected to grow very strongly.* Nurses work in hospitals and many other settings including community health centres, industry, health care agencies, schools, the defence forces, government departments and non-government agencies such as the Red Cross.

With further study you can become a specialist nurse in, for example, emergency, mental health, aged care, oncology, community health, rural and remote health or in health policy, research, management, education and workplace health and safety.

The course is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

* Joboutlook.gov.au

Course highlights

Nursing at JCU has a distinctive rural, regional and tropical focus that you will not find anywhere else in Australia. The course offers:

  • Unique skills: Gain valuable experience in rural and remote health settings and understand the health needs of diverse communities including those of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Early clinical experience: Develop clinical skills right from your first year with placements in our network of partner hospitals, health centres and community facilities around northern Queensland.
  • First-class practical skills: With over 800 hours of professional experience placements throughout your course, you’ll graduate with work-ready skills for a range of health settings in cities, towns or remote regions.
  • Quality teaching: Many teaching staff are active researchers. JCU is home to the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building.
  • Career development: Once you are working as a registered nurse you can enhance your education qualifications with our Honours or postgraduate courses.

Course overview

Along with core studies in applied science, physiological systems and pharmacology, you will develop skills in communication, assessment of clients, planning and implementing nursing interventions, and the management and evaluation of nursing care. You’ll undertake 800 hours of supervised professional experience clinical placements in many areas which may include medical, surgical and gerontology units, maternity, critical care, mental health facilities, drug and alcohol services, and Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander communities.

You can choose from majors in Evidence Based Practice, Mental Health Nursing, or Rural and Remote Health, see the Handbook for details.
You can study Nursing Science at any of our sites (Cairns, Townsville, Mt Isa, Mackay, Thursday Island) or externally.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316031) - Apply now
Cairns (326031) - Apply now
Mackay (336031) - Apply now
Thursday Island (356031) - Apply now
Mount Isa (346031) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

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

NS1012:03 Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

NS1211:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 1

NS1220:03 Primary Health Care

NS1222:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 2

Level 2

HS2101:03 Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics 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

Level 3

NS3118:03 Evidence-Based Practice

NS3119:03 Nutrition for Nursing and Midwifery Practice

NS3340:03 Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

NS3350:03 Health and Illness in the Older Adult

OPTIONS

Select Option 1 or Option 2

Option 1

CORE SUBJECTS

NS3226:06 Capstone - Clinical Nursing Practice 6

NS3360:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 5

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of subjects of specified level 2 NS subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of subjects of specified level 3 NS subjects from List 2

List 1

NS2215:03 Specialist Nursing in Northern Australia

NS2216:03 Rural and Remote Nursing

NS2217:03 Clinical Leadership and Management

List 2

NS3310:03 Applying Evidence to Practice

NS3320:03 Community Approaches to Care

Option 2

Select a major from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

15 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Evidence Based Practice

Cairns

Mackay

Mount Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

External

 

Mental Health Nursing

Cairns

Mackay

Mount Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

External

 

Rural and Remote Health

Cairns

Mackay

Mount Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

External

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist you in your pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).

Handbook

Bachelor of Nursing Science [Pre-registration]

Bachelor of Nursing Science [Pre-registration] [External]

Course code

78110, 78110E

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled. Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English

Recommended: Biology, Chemistry and any Maths

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.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia requires all applicants seeking initial admission to the Nursing Register upon graduation from their nursing course,  to demonstrate the necessary English language skills. See their website at:

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Special admission requirements

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course or the Health major in the Diploma of Higher Education if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students will be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements). Further information about placements can be found at:

Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

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:

Blue Card Services

Australian Federal Police check: This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. 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 check

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the graduate will be able to:

In collaboration with other health care professionals –

  • Apply a person-centred approach based on a broad and coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the provision of appropriate nursing care that recognises the diverse social, cultural and spiritual, values and beliefs unique to each individual

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence in support of succinct, sequential, safe and effective nursing practice

  • Practise responsibly and with accountability, based on knowledge of the Australian health care system and in accordance with relevant policies, legislation, ethical and regulatory frameworks

  • Translate, interpret and extrapolate health information to effect positive outcomes for individuals and populations

  • Apply unique cognitive, technical and creative skills within a clearly defined and accepted scope of nursing practice, ensuring referral as appropriate

  • Exercise comprehensive clinical reasoning, analytical and technical expertise in the resolution of unpredictable and complex problems across dynamic health care environments

  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups and within the health care team, utilising well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency

  • Employ strategies of critical analysis, evaluation and reflection as a framework for nursing practice and continuing professional development of the self, others and the discipline of nursing

  • Critically reflect on their role in the provision of primary health care, addressing issues of equity and access to health care facing individuals, communities and populations, with particular reference to the unique needs of those in tropical, rural, remote and/or Indigenous Australian contexts.

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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

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

NS1012:03 Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

NS1211:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 1

NS1220:03 Primary Health Care

NS1222:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 2

Level 2

HS2101:03 Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics 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

Level 3

NS3118:03 Evidence-Based Practice

NS3119:03 Nutrition for Nursing and Midwifery Practice

NS3340:03 Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

NS3350:03 Health and Illness in the Older Adult

OPTIONS

Select Option 1 or Option 2

Option 1

CORE SUBJECTS

NS3226:06 Capstone - Clinical Nursing Practice 6

NS3360:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 5

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of subjects of specified level 2 NS subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of subjects of specified level 3 NS subjects from List 2

List 1

NS2215:03 Specialist Nursing in Northern Australia

NS2216:03 Rural and Remote Nursing

NS2217:03 Clinical Leadership and Management

List 2

NS3310:03 Applying Evidence to Practice

NS3320:03 Community Approaches to Care

Option 2

Select a major from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

15 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Evidence Based Practice

Cairns

Mackay

Mount Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

External

 

Mental Health Nursing

Cairns

Mackay

Mount Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

External

 

Rural and Remote Health

Cairns

Mackay

Mount Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

External

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Mackay

 

Mount Isa

 

Thursday Island

 

Townsville

 

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 subjects before attempting any level 2 subject

Must successfully complete all level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students will be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at:

Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation requirements

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency to safely participate in professional experience placements.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Supplementary examinations are available, subject to current College and Division policies.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

30 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF NURSING SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BNSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across the final three years of the bachelor degree; and current registration as a nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

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

Honours

The Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.