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Bachelor of Nursing

 
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Students admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing (standard and accelerated program) before 2016 should refer to the course description in the 2015 handbook.

Bachelor of Nursing - experiences and expectations

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ATARS

80.00 (FT)
85.00 (PT)
N/A (Accelerated Program: Enrolled Nurse 2009 onwards)
N/A (Accelerated Program: Graduate Entry)

Min. duration
3 years full time or
6 years part time

course codes
UTS: C10122v11
CRICOS: 019877B
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UAC codes

606000 FT (Autumn session)
606001 PT (Autumn session)
606004 Accelerated Program: Enrolled Nurse2009onwards (Autumn session)
606005 Accelerated Program: Graduate Entry (Autumn session)

The Bachelor of Nursing is designed to prepare students for the role of the registered nurse. The course incorporates a range of nursing subjects as well as behavioural science, physical science, ethics and professional subjects relevant to contemporary nursing practice. Graduates of the course are capable of delivering a high standard of confident, safe and therapeutic nursing care in a variety of health care settings. They demonstrate nursing care that is patient-centred, informed and responsible.

Clinical learning is a key element of the course with clinical placements in health care settings occurring in every session.

The Bachelor of Nursing is designed to prepare students for the role of the registered nurse. The course incorporates a range of nursing subjects as well as behavioural science, physical science, ethics and professional subjects relevant to contemporary nursing practice. Graduates of the course are capable of delivering a high standard of confident, safe and therapeutic nursing care in a variety of health care settings. They demonstrate nursing care that is patient-centred, informed and responsible.

Clinical learning is a key element of the course with clinical placements in health care settings occurring in every session. Learning technologies such as simulation, which is undertaken within faculty clinical practice laboratories, assist students in preparing for clinical practice. Across the course students develop an e-portfolio to showcase their abilities and facilitate career planning. In the third year of the course students are able to pursue an area of nursing interest by choosing a clinical specialty elective.

Course aims

The course aims to prepare graduates who are independent lifelong learners to be attuned to the needs of patients from diverse backgrounds; are patient-centred and value collaboration with patients and colleagues; seek evidence in the exercise of clinical judgment and safe practice; and act in a professional, compassionate and ethical manner. In addition, graduates are prepared to foster the development of nursing as a practice discipline and demonstrate leadership in health care.

From your first lesson, it’s like stepping into a hospital ward. You get really comfortable in the clinical environment.

Typical study program

Programs are presented below for standard full-time and part-time attendance, as well as for the Accelerated, Enrolled Nurses and Accelerated, Graduate Entry programs.

First year

Autumn sessionCredit pointsSubject code
92430 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 1692430
91562 Health and Homeostasis 1691562
92431 Human Life Course Development692431
92432 Health and Society692432
Spring sessionCredit pointsSubject code
92433 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 2692433
91561 Health and Homeostasis 2691561
92434 Professional Identity692434
92435 Communication and Diversity692435

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

All students at UTS pay tuition fees to contribute towards the cost of their studies.

In 2017 all offers made to domestic undergraduate students will be for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), which means that the Australian government makes a substantial contribution towards the cost of your education, and you pay the balance through student contributions.

The amount you pay depends on your area of study and the number of credit points (cp) in which you enrol. At UTS 48 credit points is considered to be one Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL).

The table to the right shows the amount a student can expect to pay for one year of full-time study (1.0 EFTSL).

Students can choose to pay their student contribution upfront, or if eligible, can defer their fees through HECS-HELP.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the amounts shown on the table.
e.g. If you are enrolled in a 6 credit point Mathematics subject, your contribution would be 6/48 x $9,050 = $1,131.

Student contribution amounts for 2017 commencing students

Area of study and

student contribution  

band

Student contribution

(per EFTSL or 48 cp)

3
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$10,596
2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health, Allied Health, Engineering, Science, Surveying, Agriculture
$9,050
1
Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Education, Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing
$6,349

 

 

Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$20,830 to A$40,800 per year.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students can be found using tuition fees search.

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

 

For this course, the cost per credit point for 2017 is $658. The total credit points are 144.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

UTS Alumni save 10%: alumni.uts.edu.au/advantage

For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' fees information page.

Careers

Career options for registered nurses include working in diverse specialty areas such as community health, critical care, intensive care, aged care, mental health, operating theatres and paediatrics. Career progression opportunities include working as a clinical nurse consultant, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, nurse manager, nurse practitioner or rural and remote practice nurse.

Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
Select one of the following options:144
STM91040 Standard program144
STM90331 Accelerated entry (BN)144
Total144

Course structure explained

The course comprises 144 credit points, made up of nursing theory, science and clinical practice in a range of health facilities. Full-time students study four subjects per session and part-time students study two subjects per session.

Industrial training/professional practice

This course includes extensive nursing practice, which is a compulsory component. Students undertake nursing professional experience in a variety of healthcare and community settings. Clinical placements occur in blocks each session and are in addition to time spent in the nursing clinical practice laboratories that simulate the clinical environment. Inherent requirements are essential components.

The placements involve morning and evening shifts and in the final year some night duty may occur. The final year of the program has prolonged periods of clinical experience.

All nursing students must adhere to the requirements in the Ministry of Health policy directive, 'PD2011_005 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases', prior to commencement of any clinical practice placements.

The policy should be read in full as it outlines students' obligation for screening and immunisation against certain infectious diseases prior to commencing their clinical placement. Students are asked to provide evidence of their immunity or vaccination status, and screening for tuberculosis (TB) status may also be required prior to the commencement of the first clinical placement. Students should be aware that if they do not meet the requirements of the policy they cannot commence the placement and as a result are not able to complete the course.

Students are also required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check and obtain a National Police Certificate.

Additional information

Course duration

The Bachelor of Nursing is offered at City campus on a full-time basis over three years and a part-time basis over six years,

The Accelerated Program: Graduate Entry is offered at City campus on a full-time basis over two years and a part-time basis over four years including a pre-session school in February at commencement and Summer session.

The Accelerated Program: Enrolled Nurse is offered at City campus on a full-time basis over two years and a part-time basis over four years.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The requirements specified above apply to the standard, three-year mode of the course. The accelerated program has the following requirements.

  • Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated: Graduate Entry: applicants who have successfully completed an Australian (or overseas equivalent) bachelor's degree within the past eight years are eligible to apply. The focus of the previous bachelor's degree should have a human physical/ behavioural science base and should reflect the student's attainment of communication and academic writing skills. Applicants are assessed on an individual basis with successful applicants given advanced standing as block credit transfer equivalent to four subjects (24 credit points). Students who receive block credit of 24 credit points are not eligible for any further credit reduction against their course of study. This course can be completed in two years including two pre-session subjects in January/February and two summer subjects. Successful completion of the two pre-session subjects is required to progress into the Accelerated: Graduate Entry course.
  • Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated: Enrolled Nurse Certificate or Diploma Entry: applicants must have completed and commenced their studies in or after 2009 in either:
    1. the TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) or the TAFE Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), or
    2. an Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) approved Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) or Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) leading to eligibility to enrol as a nurse with AHPRA.

Hospital-trained enrolled nurses are not eligible for the accelerated course. Successful applicants are given advanced standing (eight subjects = 48 credit points) for their previous studies and are able to complete the course in two years full time with no pre-session or summer schools. Students who receive block credit of 48 credit points are not eligible for any further credit reduction against their course of study.

As part of its duty of care to patients and clients receiving health care in NSW, anyone who works in a NSW public health facility must first undergo a criminal record check. You must provide UTS with either evidence that a criminal record check has been conducted on you in your country, or a statutory declaration that you have no criminal record in your country of residence or in any country you have resided in. Participation in screening and vaccination against infectious diseases are prerequisites for students undertaking clinical placements in health facilities. Further information is available from UTS: Health.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Domestic students

The UTS Year 12 Bonus Scheme awards bonus points to Australian high school applicants based on performance in HSC subjects that are relevant to the course applied for.

For mature age and non-current school leavers admission requirements, see course/study area page.

International students

Applicants to the standard three-year course who have successfully completed a recognised pathway program in Australia can also apply.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Check to see if there are additional admission requirements for this course.

If you don't meet the admission requirements for this course, there may be alternative pathways to help you gain admission.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Any two units of science and any two units of mathematics are recommended.

Year 12 bonus scheme

To see a list of courses where HSC subjects provide bonus points, please refer to the Year 12 bonus points page.

Scholarships, prizes and awards

Scholarships

Prizes and awards

Professional recognition

This course is subject to accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). See the faculty rules for more information.

UTS: Handbook

See the Bachelor of Nursing in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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