Bachelor of Nursing Science [Post-Registration]

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Nursing Science [Post-Registration]

This course provides an opportunity for hospital-trained or registered nurses who have a diploma qualification and wish to upgrade their formal qualifications.

Campus
Townsville; External; Cairns; Mackay; Thursday Island
Start dates
February
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus; Off campus
Prerequisites
Registered nurse

Career opportunities

There is no substitute for the practical experience you have already earned, but perhaps you would like to upgrade your Hospital Training Certificate to a Bachelor’s degree.

Our Bachelor of Nursing Science (Post Registration) allows you to formalise your valuable skills with an internationally recognised degree to: 
  • broaden your career options
  • explore different hospitals and healthcare providers
  • network with other experienced nurses.

Course highlights

Situated in the heart of northern Queensland, JCU offers a unique learning setting. Our curriculum responds to our tropical climate, rural surrounds and large Indigenous communities.

Students will be adding to their knowledge via curriculum that focusses on tropical, regional and remote settings. This will solidify your understanding and management of:
  • distinctive needs of north Queensland’s under-served and tropical populations
  • distance and remote delivery of healthcare and nursing
  • regional and rural mortality rates across all age groups
  • medical experiences and facilities in Indigenous communities
  • specialised care in hospital and community settings.

Stay at the forefront of social health and wellbeing. Formalise your valuable nursing experience in our Bachelor of Nursing Science (Post Registration) today.

Course overview

If you hold current registration as a registered nurse with AHPRA, you can apply to enrol in our Bachelor of Nursing Science (post-registration) course, which leads to an internationally recognised degree that will broaden your career options. 

It takes just one year of full-time study to complete, and part-time study is available. Please note that you must provide evidence of registration with your QTAC application. We offer this course in Cairns, Mackay, Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Townsville, and also through off-campus (external mode).

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 (316041) - Apply now
Cairns (326041) - Apply now
External (316049) - Apply now
Mackay (336041) - Apply now
Thursday Island (356041) - Apply now
Mount Isa (346041) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

NS3118:03 Evidence-Based Practice

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points from Options List A

PLUS

Select 12 credit points from Options List B

Options List A

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

NS1220:03 Primary Health Care

HS2101:03 Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2112:03 Grief and Crisis Management

NS3119:03 Nutrition for Nursing and Midwifery Practice

NS3310:03 Applying Evidence to Practice

NS3320:03 Community Approaches to Care

NS3340:03 Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

NS3350:03 Health and Illness in the Older Adult

PP2131:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

PP2231:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2

Options List B

HS2101:03 Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2112:03 Grief and Crisis Management

NS3119:03 Nutrition for Nursing and Midwifery Practice

NS3310:03 Applying Evidence to Practice

NS3320:03 Community Approaches to Care

NS3340:03 Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

NS3350:03 Health and Illness in the Older Adult

PP2131:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

PP2231:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2

Handbook

Bachelor of Nursing Science [Post-Registration]

Course code

78210

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 Australian 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 Australian 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

Candidates must hold current registration as a registered nurse with 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.

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.

Special admission requirements

Students are encouraged to undertake the UniPrep course 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

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing Science [Post-Registration], the graduate (in collaboration with other health care professionals) will be able to:

  • 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.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

NS3118:03 Evidence-Based Practice

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points from Options List A

PLUS

Select 12 credit points from Options List B

Options List A

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

NS1220:03 Primary Health Care

HS2101:03 Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2112:03 Grief and Crisis Management

NS3119:03 Nutrition for Nursing and Midwifery Practice

NS3310:03 Applying Evidence to Practice

NS3320:03 Community Approaches to Care

NS3340:03 Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

NS3350:03 Health and Illness in the Older Adult

PP2131:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

PP2231:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2

Options List B

HS2101:03 Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2112:03 Grief and Crisis Management

NS3119:03 Nutrition for Nursing and Midwifery Practice

NS3310:03 Applying Evidence to Practice

NS3320:03 Community Approaches to Care

NS3340:03 Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

NS3350:03 Health and Illness in the Older Adult

PP2131:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

PP2231:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Mackay

 

Mount Isa

 

Thursday Island

 

Townsville

 

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Not applicable

Accreditation requirements

Students must be registered as Registered Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Nil

Currency

Not applicable

Expiry

Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

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

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

An additional honours year is available [end-on]

Eligibility

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

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.