The Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) is a 108-unit program for which 36 units of block credit is automatically granted on the basis of completion of a prior bachelors degree in an area other than nursing or a bachelors degree in nursing that does not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Students who successfully complete 72 units of study will be granted the award of Bachelor of Nursing and be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
Professional experience placement is required to demonstrate the achievement of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered nurse standards for practice.
Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who has completed the Bachelor of Nursing and meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in an area other than nursing or a bachelor degree in nursing that does not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
All applicants must demonstrate that they have completed the equivalent of 4.5 units of study focussed on an understanding of body structures and function such as human biology, physiology and anatomy.
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
- English is your primary language and you have satisfactorily completed at least six years of schooling in English (including two years at secondary school level) in one of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada , Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom, OR
- You have achieved, or will achieve, the required minimum scores in an acceptable English language proficiency test in the 12 months prior to the course start date.
The Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) is an entry-to-practice course that aims to build upon existing qualifications to develop a person-centred and evidence-based health professional who has well-developed clinical reasoning skills and is reflective about their practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to develop new skills and knowledge aimed at equipping them to provide relationship based, ethically responsible care, adhering to safety and quality standards for people across the lifespan and from diverse populations and care contexts locally, nationally and globally. Students will become confident to work in therapeutic, culturally safe, and professional relationships with individuals, families, communities and fellow health professionals to collaboratively and responsively assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. Students will be provided with the learning opportunities they need to practice in the range of healthcare, technology, and policy environments, meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board Registered Nurse standards for practice, and achieve the Flinders University graduate qualities.
Graduates of the course are expected to build upon existing academic qualifications to be able to:
- apply knowledge of human biology, pathophysiology, technology, and social and nursing sciences to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care as a beginning practitioner
- apply the guiding principles of ‘Fundamentals of Care’ to deliver collaborative, relationship-based, and interprofessional care that is person-centred and consistent with safety and quality standards for health care practice
- integrate knowledge of nursing, health policy, legal and ethical frameworks to provide equitable and ethically responsible care for people from diverse populations and care contexts locally, nationally and globally
- demonstrate caring behaviours that are applicable across the lifespan and informed by knowledge of the geographical, cultural and sociodemographic context in which care is being delivered
- integrate knowledge and experiences to develop clinical reasoning skills and to critically reflect on clinical practice
- apply an evidence-based approach and engage in life-long learning to enhance nursing practice and develop and promote the profession
- recognise the importance of history, and culture and apply knowledge and understanding of the impact of colonisation on the cultural, social and spiritual lives, and health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous people globally
- demonstrate knowledge, skills and professional behaviours that are consistent with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered nurse standards for practice, international nursing standards and Flinders University graduate qualities
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic.
Except with permission of the College the course must be completed within eight consecutive semesters.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
A student who fails the professional experience placement component of any topic will receive a Fail grade for that topic. A student may at any time be removed from a professional experience placement for unprofessional behaviour and/or unsafe practice.
(Note, PEP refers to professional experience placement.)
Core - Year 1 topics
36 units comprising
NURS1007 Dimensions of Physical and Mental Health (4.5 units)
NURS1008 Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety (4.5 units)
NURS1012 Nursing in Context A (PEP) (4.5 units)
NURS2003 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 (4.5 units)
NURS2007 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 (4.5 units)
NURS2011 Quality and Safety in Health Care (4.5 units)
NURS2015 Nursing in Context B (PEP) (9 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
36 units comprising
NURS3001 Dynamics of Practice 2 (4.5 units)
NURS3002 Advanced Decision-Making and Practice (PEP) (9 units)
NURS3003 Dynamics of Practice 3 (4.5 units)
NURS3004 Transition to Professional Practice 1 (4.5 units)
NURS3005 Transition to Professional Practice 2 (PEP) (9 units)
NURS3006 The Professional Nurse (4.5 units)
Enrolment in an honours program may be offered to graduates who meet certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise their program of study.
A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing degree, or an equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree providing they have achieved a minimum GPA of 5 in their completed studies
To qualify for the honours degree, a student must satisfactorily complete 36 units of study within one year full-time or two years part-time.
See also the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) course rule.