Handbook

Bachelor of Nursing Science

Course Code

78110 (v5), 78110A (v4), 78110E (v4), 78110I(v5), 78110U (v3)

Faculty

Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Honours

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English

Recommended: Biology, Chemistry and any Maths

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I 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

Additional selection requirements

Nil

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.

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 University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards.

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Some placement agencies will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. Students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Nil

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the couse, the graduate will be able to:

In collaboration with other health care professionals –

  • 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

Level 1

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

HS1005:03 Lifespan Development for Health

HS1111:03 Communication for Nursing and Midwifery

NS1012:03 Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

NS1211:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 1

NS1220:03 Primary Health Care

NS1222:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 2

Level 2

HS2101:03 Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2022:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 3

NS2112:03 Grief and Crisis Management

NS2214:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 4

PP2131:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

PP2231:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2

Level 3

NS3118:03 Evidence-Based Practice

NS3119:03 Nutrition for Nursing Practice

NS3340:03 Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

NS3350:03 Health and Illness in the Older Adult

Options

Select a major from the list below, or select No specified major

No Specified Major

Core

NS3226:06 Capstone - Clinical Nursing Practice 6

NS3360:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 5

Options

Select 3 credit points of subjects of specified level 2 NS subjects:

NS2215:03 Specialist Nursing in Northern Australia

NS2216:03 Rural and Remote Nursing

NS2217:03 Clinical Leadership and Management

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of subjects of specified level 3 NS subjects:

NS3310:03 Applying Evidence to Practice

NS3320:03 Community Approaches to Care

NS3370:03 Issues in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (Mental Health)

Majors

Type of major

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

15 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Evidence Based Practice

Cairns

Mackay

Mount Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

External

Mental Health Nursing

Cairns

Mackay

Mount Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

External

Rural and Remote Health

Cairns

Mackay

Mount Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

External

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Mackay

Mt Isa

Thursday Island

Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 subjects before attempting any level 2 subject

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 University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Supplementary examinations are available, subject to current School and Faculty policies.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

30 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 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

An additional honours year is available

Eligibility

Candidates must satisfy the School requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.


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.