Bachelor of Nursing Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Nursing Science

Benefit from JCU's recognition as the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, and the University's role as the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building.

JCU’s unique Nursing degree will enable you to gain distinctive rural, regional and tropical nursing skills that will set you apart from your peers. You'll learn how to assess clients, communicate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, plan and implement nursing interventions, and manage and evaluate nursing care.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns; Mackay; Mount Isa
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
16/65

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
  • Defence forces
  • Government departments
  • Health care agencies
  • Industry
  • Non-government agencies, such as the Red Cross, and
  • Schools

With further study you could 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.

Head to joboutlook.gov.au for more information.

Course highlights

  • Study JCU's unique Nursing Science degree with its distinctive rural, regional and tropical focus.
  • Learn how to assess clients, communicate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, plan and implement nursing interventions, and to manage and evaluate nursing care.
  • Benefit from 880 hours of supervised professional practice and clinical experience (starting from Year 1) in a wide variety of acute and community health settings, providing a smooth transition from university to your clinical workplace.
  • Grasp opportunities to work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Be taught by JCU's active researchers and clinical teachers.
  • Benefit from JCU's recognition as the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, and the University's role as the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building.
  • Learn how to make a difference to patients, their families and communities.

Course overview

JCU offers you a supported path into a satisfying, well-paid and respected nursing career. This accredited course has been designed to give you a contemporary Australian theoretical and practical nursing education. Your transition to clinical practice is supported by case-based learning, well equipped clinical simulation facilities and 880 hours of applied clinical practice. The course has a strong focus on nursing in our northern tropical context and it also prepares you for work in diverse settings, from large metropolitan hospitals to rural and isolated practice clinics. The course includes content areas such as:

  • Professional and Clinical Nursing Practice
  • Communication
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing Studies
  • Law and Ethics
  • Working with Vulnerable Population Groups
  • Mental Health
  • The Australian Healthcare System
  • Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry
  • Evidence-based Practice and Research
  • Overseas Placement Elective Experience (optional)
  • Graduate Transition to Practice.

Professional Recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Nursing and 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 and Midwifery Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Important Notices

Clinical placement / professional practice

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. You will be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which you are enrolled, at your own expense. Note, health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements.

You must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

Check out Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students to learn more.

Admission requirements

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. You will find all the details of your course requirements in the JCU Professional Experience Placement website.

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

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1 (First Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS1771:03 Introduction to the Professions

NS1881:03 Nursing Practice 1

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

HS1111:03 Communication for Nursing and Midwifery

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

HS1401:03 Health & Healthcare in Australia

NS1882:03 Nursing Practice 2

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

Level 2 (Second Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS2771:03 The Professional Role

NS2881:06 Nursing Practice 3

OPTIONS

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)

NS2219:03 Inclusive Practice

NS2882:06 Nursing Practice 4

HS2101:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing

Level 3 (Third Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS3771:03 Consolidating Practice

NS3881:06 Nursing Practice 5

NS3363:03 Mental Health for Nursing and Midwifery

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

NS3882:09 Nursing Practice 6

NS3772:03 Transition to Practice

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. It is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

For further information, email pathways@jcu.edu.au, or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

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

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

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).

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

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists

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:

  • 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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1 (First Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS1771:03 Introduction to the Professions

NS1881:03 Nursing Practice 1

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

HS1111:03 Communication for Nursing and Midwifery

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

HS1401:03 Health & Healthcare in Australia

NS1882:03 Nursing Practice 2

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

Level 2 (Second Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS2771:03 The Professional Role

NS2881:06 Nursing Practice 3

OPTIONS

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)

NS2219:03 Inclusive Practice

NS2882:06 Nursing Practice 4

HS2101:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing

Level 3 (Third Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS3771:03 Consolidating Practice

NS3881:06 Nursing Practice 5

NS3363:03 Mental Health for Nursing and Midwifery

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

NS3882:09 Nursing Practice 6

NS3772:03 Transition to Practice

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Mid-year entry available (Please note students will complete the course in 3.5 years when starting mid-year)

Mackay

Mid-year entry available (Please note students will complete the course in 3.5 years when starting mid-year)

Mount Isa

Mid-year entry available (Please note students will complete the course in 3.5 years when starting mid-year)

Townsville

Mid-year entry available (Please note students will complete the course in 3.5 years when starting mid-year)

External

Mid-year entry available (Please note students will complete the course in 3.5 years when starting mid-year)

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

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

48 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 12 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

Up to 48 credit points may be granted only to applicants who hold current registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

All other applicants may receive up to 30 credit points.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF NURSING SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BNSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

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. 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.