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Bachelor of Nursing Science

Pursue your passion for health care and helping people while developing scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology, drug therapy, comprehensive health assessment and evidence-based practice. Receive hands-on experience, preparing for work in the healthcare industry upon graduation. After completing our program, apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

In this program you will:

  • Gain practical skills through 800 hours of placement in clinical settings
  • Learn about anatomy and physiology
  • Understand the different health requirements for people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Appreciate cultural differences in delivering health care
  • Work with registered nurses, who will teach you latest techniques for health care

Location

CRICOS code

078086M

Entry threshold

72.00 60.00 60.00 68.00 68.00 ATAR/Rank
ATAR/Rank

Duration

3.3 years 3.3 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$5,745 CSP
CSP
A$29,000 / A$87,000 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee

QTAC code

013401 013501 019101 018601 014021

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Semester 1 commencement: 3 years full time or equivalent part time. Semester 2 commencement: 3.3 years full time or equivalent part time ( 3 years plus an 8 week Nursing Internship)

Semester 1 commencement: 3 years full time or equivalent part time. Semester 2 commencement: 3.3 years full time or equivalent part time ( 3 years plus an 8 week Nursing Internship)

Semester 1 commencement: 3 years full time or equivalent part time. Semester 2 commencement: 3.3 years full time or equivalent part time ( 3 years plus an 8 week Nursing Internship)

Semester 1 commencement: 3 years full time or equivalent part time. Semester 2 commencement: 3.3 years full time or equivalent part time ( 3 years plus an 8 week Nursing Internship)

Semester 1 commencement: 3 years full time or equivalent part time. Semester 2 commencement: 3.3 years full time or equivalent part time ( 3 years plus an 8 week Nursing Internship)

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
26
Total units
288
Duration
3.3 years 3.3 years
CRICOS code
078086M
UniSC program code
SC391
Program coordinator
Program structure

Courses in this program structure will be offered progressively from 2022, and are accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Introductory courses (10) 114 units

HLT100 Anatomy and Physiology
HLT103 Professional Health Communication
LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
NUR100 Contexts of practice: child, youth and family
NUR104 Contexts of Practice: The Older Person and Family
NUR111 Practice Foundations
NUR116 Preparation for Practice 1
NUR117 Nursing Practice 1(6 units)
NUR121 Health Care and the Professions
NUR131 Research Foundations for Health Practice

Developing courses (8) 78 units

NUR222 Health, Law and Ethics
NUR226 Preparation for Practice 2
NUR227 Nursing Practice 2(6 units)
NUR231 Drug Therapy
NUR241 Contexts of Practice: Health Alteration
NUR272 Palliative, Rehabilitation and Continuing CareΔ
NUR286 Preparation for Practice 3(6 units)
NUR287 Nursing Practice 3(6 units)

Graduate courses (7) 84 units

HLT301 Contexts of Practice: Mental Health Care
NUR300 Nursing Internship(24 units)
NUR302 Leadership in Clinical PracticeΔ
NUR303 Preparation for Practice 4(6 units)
NUR304 Nursing Practice 4(6 units)
NUR331 Contexts of Practice: Complex Care
NUR332 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural SafetyΔ

Elective course (1) 12 units

Select 1 course (12 units) from:

HLT206 Neonatal and Infant Health
HLT303 Perinatal and Infant Mental Health?Δ
NUR312 Life CrisisΔ

OR another course with the approval of the Program Leader.

Δ refer to Program notes

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Study sequences

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 72.00
Gympie 60.00
Fraser Coast 60.00
Caboolture 68.00
Moreton Bay 68.00

Post admission requirements

Before undertaking a clinical placement, students must comply with the Pre-Clinical Mandatory Checks including:

  • Hold a valid Blue Card (Working with Children Check) from QLD Government Blue Card Services throughout the duration of your program. You should allow 12 weeks for Blue Card Services to issue the card.
  • Obtain a National Criminal History check through the Australian Federal Police
  • Comply with QLD Health vaccination requirements
  • A current First Aid and CPR certificate is required from an organisation recognised by the Australian Resuscitation Council, and a Mental Health First Aid online learning certificate, before commencing clinical practice
  • Complete the QLD Health student orientation requirements

Refer to the Pre-Clinical Mandatory Checks for further information. In addition, students are required to complete individual health service requirements as directed by the placement provider.
Students in the program will be registered as students with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Program special requirements

Students who meet the following criteria are required to take the Clinical Connections module before they can enrol in a clinical placement course in any given year of study:

  • Those who have passed a preparation for practice course but subsequently failed the clinical placement course.
  • Those who have transferred from another university with credit for a preparation for practice course but not the clinical placement course.
  • Those who have taken a break from their study for two or more consecutive semesters (including students transferring from another university with credit).

Completion of the Clinical Connections module formalises reintroduction to theory and supported practice, and ensures that students can proceed to clinical placement and meet NMBA professional standards relevant to practice at their level of study.

Additional entry information

All applicants must either be able to declare that English is their primary language (ie they have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one of the following countries:  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or United States of America.); or they must attain an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest (obtained within two years prior to the commencement of the program).

For more information visit English language requirements.

Recommended prior study
English; General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics; at least one science subject
Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure

In order to commence clinical placement you must comply with the Pre-Clinical Mandatory Checks including:

  • Hold a valid Blue Card (Working with Children Check) from QLD Government Blue Card Services throughout the duration of your program. You should allow 12 weeks for Blue Card Services to issue the card.
  • Obtain a National Criminal History check through the Australian Federal Police
  • Comply with QLD Health vaccination requirements
  • A current First Aid and CPR certificate is required from an organisation recognised by the Australian Resuscitation Council before commencing clinical practice
  • Complete the QLD Health student orientation requirements
  • Travel to attend clinical placements
  • Have a level of computer literacy, including word processing and email

Students who do not comply with these requirements will be unable to complete the clinical practice component of their program and will be unable to meet graduation requirements

Note: Students are required to commence action of the above requirements immediately after enrolling. Hepatitis B immunity can take up to six months to determine and the processing of your USC Blue Card Application Form can take up to 12 weeks. Visit Nursing and Midwifery - Clinical Placement for more information about these requirements before you apply.

Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • For Sippy Downs students some courses in this program will be taught at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • International students on a Student visa please note:
    • Currently NUR272, NUR302, NUR332 and the elective course (NUR312, HLT206 and HLT303) are ONLY offered via online mode. You may enrol in a maximum of 6 online courses during your program and must be enrolled in at least 1 on-campus course each study period
  • NUR300 Session 4 offering is only available to students admitted in the program in Semester 2
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Bachelor of Nursing Science (and Graduate entry) Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Aged care
  • Community
  • Indigenous health
  • Mental health
  • Nurse in acute care
  • Regional and remote

Memberships

Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Australian College of Nursing

Accreditation

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as nurses in Australia with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, which is a Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has a number of registration standards that graduates must demonstrate in order to be eligible for registration. For example, graduates must demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7, with 7 in all subtests, or equivalent before being considered for professional registration. For full details of the AHPRA Registration Standards, visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$5,745
Annual tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$29,000
Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$87,000

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your USC experience today.

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QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013401
Gympie 013501
Fraser Coast 019101
Caboolture 018601
Moreton Bay 014021
Clinical experience across a range of health settings
5 stars for teaching quality
State of the art technology
Christina Buchan Graduate

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