Bachelor of Nursing

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

Enrol in Deakin’s Bachelor of Nursing to gain the knowledge, skills and ethical understanding you need to become a competent, caring and successful nurse clinician. This course will prepare you to provide high-quality, patient-centered care in a range of settings.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin is one of the largest in Australia, and is committed to providing excellence in its courses through an emphasis on current trends and evidence-based practice in nursing. You will benefit from the cutting-edge facilities and equipment our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centre offers.

Early in your first year you will undertake clinical placement and during the remainder of the course have the opportunity to develop clinical skills and knowledge across a range of health care environments in a variety of clinical practice locations. Under the supervision of registered nurses, you will be part of multidisciplinary health care teams  in acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, community nursing and mental health nursing.

Our graduates continue to enjoy roles across both the government and private sectors. Nursing is a career rich with opportunity. As a Deakin nursing graduate you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm, problem-solving capabilities and your ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. You will be well prepared to pursue a career as a registered nurse in a range of government and private sectors including hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities and community health centres.

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Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Burwood: 72.25
Waterfront: 65.85
Warrnambool: 51.2

Duration

3 years full time

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

     

    For applicants who are registered or eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

     

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool

     

    For applicants who are registered or eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    Students will study at Burwood (Melbourne) in Trimester 3 then return to their enrolled campus.

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (Trimester 1: March-June, Trimester 2: July-November)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the Institute of Koorie Education

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$6,974 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400414351 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514351 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714351 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code

H326

CRICOS code

018327G

Level

Undergraduate

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Professional Recognition

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Note: the NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements.

Note: This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.

Career outcomes

Nursing is a career rich with opportunity. As a Deakin nursing graduate you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm, problem-solving capabilities and your ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. You will be well prepared to pursue a career as a registered nurse in a range of work areas including: hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities, community health centres, government agencies and industries.

Given nursing is a diverse profession with a number of speciality practise areas available, it is expected that graduates will look at continuing professional development throughout their careers. This may include postgraduate degrees and/or research degrees, including masters and PhDs.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Practise comprehensive, safe and evidenced-based nursing care by applying nursing knowledge to make thorough and systematic nursing assessments, identify patient problems and clinical risk and develop plan of care in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and the multidisciplinary health care team.

Accurately evaluate patient response to care.

Communication

Use clear and appropriate language to establish, maintain and appropriately conclude therapeutic relationships when interacting with patients, families, and health care team members to ensure information is understood and necessary actions are taken.

Demonstrate clear and accurate documentation in relation to patient management.

Digital Literacy

Use technologies to locate, select, and disseminate information to patients, significant others, and members of the health care team.

Use technologies to deliver safe and quality patient care.

Critical thinking

Analyse and interpret patient assessments and make critical judgements about approaches to care, within an evidence-based framework that reflects an understanding of the dignity, religion, culture, values, beliefs and rights of patients and their significant others.

Evaluate and reflect on practice in a range of contexts.

Problem Solving

Apply knowledge to make thorough and systematic nursing assessments, identify patient problems and clinical risk and develop plan of care in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and the multidisciplinary health care team.

Respond effectively to rapidly changing situations in patient care to create best practice solutions using discipline knowledge, evidence, professional, social, legal and ethical considerations.

Self-management

Exhibit expected professional behaviours in practice responsibly within the framework of a health care team structure and maintain a personal knowledge base through critical reflection and lifelong learning practices.

Reflect on self and practice contexts to identify personal learning needs and is self-directed to seek additional knowledge and/or information when required.

Teamwork

Collaborate effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team and recognise the roles and functions of other members in providing comprehensive care to meet optimal health outcomes.

Practise within the recognised scope of practice for a beginning registered nurse.

Global Citizenship

Apply nursing knowledge to provide professional and ethical care in diverse contexts in accordance with social, cultural and environmental considerations, and in accordance with legal and ethical requirements.

 

Course Structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing students must attain 24 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 2 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points which must include 21 core credit points (these are compulsory) and 3 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) worth 3 credit points.

There is an expectation that you are available to undertake clinical placements outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.

21

Compulsory credit points

3

Elective credit points

24

Total credit points

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 must discuss their course structure with the campus enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Quality and Safety in Health Care HNN120
  • Human Structure and Function HBS109
  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1 HNN112
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Understanding Research Evidence HNN108
  • Health Assessment HNN114
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2 HNN122
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

  • Mental Health and Illness HNN222 (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)
  • Community Nursing Practice HNN217 (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)
  • plus one elective unit

    Students must complete HNN217 and HNN222 in the same trimester

    Level 2 - Trimester 2 or Trimester 1

  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 HNN227 (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)
  • Quality Use of Medicines HNN215 (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)
  • plus one elective unit

    Students must complete HNN215 and HNN227 in the same trimester

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • The Older Person and Supportive Care HNN318
  • Chronic Illness and Supportive Care HNN319
  • Leadership and Clinical Governance HNN320
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Child and Adolescent Health HNN300
  • Mental Health Promotion HNN301
  • Comprehensive Nursing Practice HNN325
  • Elective units

    Students must select units in consultation with the course enrolment officer. Students may take electives from any School of the University provided that prerequisites are met. At least one of the three electives must be taken at level two or three. Particular electives that may be of special interest to nursing students include:

    International study tour elective unit:

  • International Nursing Study Tour HNN216
  • Maternity Nursing: Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn HNN207
  • Perioperative Nursing HNN313
  • Rural and Remote Area Nursing HNN348
  • Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:

  • Collaborative Practice in Healthcare HBS345
  • How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Semester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Institute of Koorie Education

    Institute of Koorie Education applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.

    Apply through IKE

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777
    health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Work experience

    Clinical practice

    Clinical placements are conducted throughout your course beginning in Trimester 1 of your first year. This early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills under the supervision of registered nurses and enables you to experience being part of a multidisciplinary health care team. You will gain clinical experience in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. These may be undertaken in hospitals and community health care centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    * Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks

    ** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

     

    Inherent requirements

    Essential knowledge, skills and capabilities are required to undertake and successfully complete the undergraduate nursing and midwifery courses and to practice safely as a registered nurse and/or midwife. The inherent requirements of the course are listed at School of Nursing and Midwifery Undergraduate Courses: Inherent Requirements

    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


    Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.


    Warrnambool

    Three-hours from Melbourne, our Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches.


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