Bachelor of Nursing Science
JCU Inherent Requirements for Bachelor of Nursing Science (pre-registration) [78110, 78110E], Bachelor of Nursing Science (IHCAP) , Bachelor of Nursing Science (post registration) , and Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) 
James Cook University (JCU) is committed to enhancing students' access, participation and success in higher education and embracing the diversity of the communities we serve. We strongly support the rights of individuals who wish to pursue a degree to achieve their potential personal and professional career objectives. This document is designed to assist students and potential students to make informed decisions for study and access to services and to guide further discussions based on a clear understating of the inherent course 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.
Reasonable adjustments may be implemented to assist you manage additional circumstances impacting on your studies provided these do not fundamentally change academic integrity of a degree.
Are inherent requirements different to admissions and academic requirements?
Each degree has a number of admissions and academic requirements which must be met prior to being able to enrol in or graduate from the degree. Admissions and academic requirements can be found at the following links:
- Bachelor of Nursing Science (pre-registration)
- Bachelor of Nursing Science (pre-registration)[External]
- Bachelor of Nursing Science (IHCAP)
- Bachelor of Nursing Science (post-registration)
- Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours)
Students with a disability or health condition
In many cases, studying with health conditions or disabilities will not impact on your studies. Many students with disabilities or other impacting circumstances that impact on their studies, have successfully completed their university studies, with and without reasonable adjustments made to their learning conditions.
Students with a disability or health condition, or other circumstances such as cultural or religious considerations, can discuss their circumstances and potential needs for reasonably adjusted learning conditions with university staff including the Course Coordinator or AccessAbility Services.
It is highly recommended that you discuss your circumstances with JCU staff as early as possible as reduced time-frames may impact significantly on the adjustments that are possible. For students with a disability or health condition, AccessAbility Services provides an experienced reference point, facilitates reasonable adjustments made, and assists students to develop the strategies to realise their capabilities. The University has no requirement to adjust for conditions that it is not aware of. Disclosure is required for any circumstances that pose a health or safety risk to yourself or others.
JCU is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their course. Reasonable adjustments could be made to how curricula is delivered, clinical placements are conducted, and the way in which learning outcomes are achieved, demonstrated or assessed. Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course, and may or may not be sufficient in themselves to assist students to meet these requirements.
Reading the Inherent Requirements Statements
Inherent requirements are divided into domains and sub-domains and contain the following information:
- Introduction to the inherent requirement
- A rationale as to why it is an inherent requirement
- Examples of things you must be able to demonstrate, or have the ability to acquire and demonstrate during the course of your degree. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.
Inherent Requirements Statements - Bachelor of Nursing Science (pre-registration) [78110, 78110E], Bachelor of Nursing Science (IHCAP) , Bachelor of Nursing Science (post registration) , and Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) 
You should carefully consider the inherent requirement statements below as a guide for your learning during the course, and as a way to identify early possible challenges you may have in meeting these requirements. If you remain interested or engaged in the course, you should discuss your concerns with the College staff such as the Course Coordinator as soon as possible. If the challenges are related to your disability or health condition contact AccessAbility Services to discuss possible strategies and reasonable adjustments.
If the inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, University staff can provide guidance regarding other study options.
Please note reasonable adjustments must:
- Be consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements, and not compromise codes,guidelines and policies
- Not result in unethical or unprofessional behaviour
- Meet the necessary standards of timeliness, accuracy and functional effectiveness to ensure that self and patient care, treatment or safety is not compromised
- Address the need to perform the full range of tasks involved in clinical practice, including undertaking learning activities in mixed gender environments, which reflect the Australian context.
- Ensure that performance is consistent and sustained over a given period.