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Bachelor of Nursing Science [Pre-Registration]

Location
Townsville, Cairns
Available in Mackay and Mount Isa for domestic students only
Commencing
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Internal, External
Entry Requirements
OP 16 | English (4,SA)
ATAR 58.2 | English (Units 3/4,C)
Recommended: Biology (Units 3/4,C) or Biology (4,SA), Chemistry (Units 3/4) or Chemistry (4,SA), and any Maths (Units 3/4,C) or Maths (4,SA)
QTAC Code
CNS: 326031
TSV: 316031
MKY: 336031
ISA: 346031
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Learn how to provide expert nursing care to patients and communities. Communicate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and plan and implement contemporary nursing care at an individual and community level.

Benefit from simulation learning and extensive supervised professional practice in real world settings from your first year of study.

This three-year full-time course focuses on nursing in our northern tropical context. It prepares you to work in multiple settings from large metropolitan hospitals to rural and isolated practice clinics.

You can study your entire degree with JCU in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Mount Isa or study externally. Have the opportunity to go on an overseas student exchange or an international placement experience. Australian clinical placement is provided in a range of contemporary health settings. Apply theoretical knowledge in a practical context, preparing you for smooth transition into the workplace. JCU's exceptional learner engagement and teaching resources ensure you graduate job ready.

Graduates will be eligible for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
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About JCU's Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration)

Follow your passion for helping others and study a Bachelor of Nursing Science (Pre Registration) degree, JCU’s conversion program for registered nurses. With registered nurses in high demand, you will graduate from JCU as a sought-after professional ready to pursue your dream career.

Our Nursing Degree in Queensland Helps You Help Others

Gain a contemporary theoretical and practical nursing degree in Queensland. Study with leading professionals in the health industry and benefit from their teaching excellence and experience. Learn how to plan and implement nursing interventions and manage and evaluate care.

A Bachelor of Nursing Science will train you to work in all settings, from metropolitan private and public hospitals to rural and isolated clinics. Gain expert knowledge in communication, Indigenous health studies, law and ethics, working with vulnerable population groups, mental health and the Australian healthcare system.

JCU’s pre-registration nursing courses value hands-on, practical learning. Apply your theoretical knowledge to 880 hours of supervised professional practice in a variety of acute and diverse community health settings. Build a broad skillset and learn how to communicate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds as you work closely with rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities.

All James Cook University nursing programs are accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

Study Nursing and Make a Difference Together

As you study nursing at JCU, you will learn more than just coursework and practice more than just nursing skills. Develop your skills as a critical thinker so you can help patients make choices that lead to the best outcomes.

Learn the ethics of nursing practice and how to apply them on a practical level. Your research experience will teach you how to find and analyse data to use it as the basis for your practice.

Develop skills in collaboration and administration and be ready to join the nursing community. You will understand when to take responsibility, when to delegate a task, and be ready to move forward quickly in your career.

JCU's Conversion Program for Registered Nurses

Your JCU registered nurse degree is a supportive and dynamic pathway to a highly-respected career. Graduates of JCU’s Bachelor of Nursing Science conversion and RN programs are well supported by highly experienced teaching staff and are prepared to make a difference. Pursue your dream career and study nursing at JCU.
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View the handbook for a detailed overview of core subjects and available options.

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.

Career Opportunities

A JCU Nursing degree prepares you for a career in a range of rural, regional and metropolitan nursing settings. This unique focus will distinguish you from your peers throughout your career.

JCU Nursing graduates are known for their skill, care and work across Australia and internationally. Graduates work in a variety of areas, such as metropolitan hospitals, rural and regional centres, Government departments and defence, non-government agencies and community health.

This degree provides a strong foundation for future specialisation in areas such as emergency, mental health, aged care, oncology and community health, rural and remote practice or in health policy, research, management, or education sectors.

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

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.

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Bachelor of Nursing Science [Pre-registration]

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

Handbook year

2020

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

Division of 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 3c Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

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.

Students who have returned to study where the duration between their previous clinical placement and their pending clinical placement exceeds 12 months, may need to complete the Clinical Reconnect program.

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

Students who have returned to study where the duration between their previous clinical placement and their pending clinical placement exceeds 12 months, may need to complete the Clinical Reconnect program.

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.

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Up to 24 credit points may be awarded for students applying for credit for previous study completed in a Diploma of Nursing must also provide evidence of registration as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Up to 24 credit points may be awarded for Students applying for credit for previous study completed in a Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway) must also provide evidence of a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components to meet the Minimum English language proficiency requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing Science. Students cannot enrol in NS1882 Nursing Practice 2 until this evidence is provided.

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.

Annual Tuition Fee: $7,757. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.

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).

Experience has no substitute

JCU Nursing student Ivy Hodges says that student placement has helped her realise that being a nurse and making a difference to her community is something she is passionate about.