Bachelor of Nursing

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL 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-centred 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

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 with no individual band score less than 7 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

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)
    • Warrnambool

    # Available to applicants who are registered or eligible to register as an enrolled nurse with the NMBA - all campuses

    Applicants who are Registered Nurses in their home country and meet the course's Credit for Prior Learning requirements - Burwood (Melbourne) and Waterfront (Geelong) only

Trimester 3#

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

    # Available to applicants who are registered or eligible to register as an enrolled nurse with the NMBA - all campuses

    Applicants who are Registered Nurses in their home country and meet the course's Credit for Prior Learning requirements - Burwood (Melbourne) only

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

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

VTAC code

1400414353 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514353 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714353 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place

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

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.

The English language entry requirement is an IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band less than 7) or equivalent. You will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

Please note that the IELTS score for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing may differ from the IELTS score required for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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.

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:

  • Maternity Nursing: Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn HNN207
  • Perioperative Nursing HNN313
  • Rural and Remote Area Nursing HNN348
  • International study tour elective unit:

  • International Nursing Study Tour HNN216
  • Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:

  • Collaborative Practice in Healthcare HBS345
  • How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 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 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.

    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

    Normal University regulations and guidelines will pertain to students who apply for credit for prior learning. The Deakin University policy on credit for prior learning states that students will be provided with the maximum credit for relevant approved post-secondary study, or informal learning, which exceeds the normal entry requirements for the relevant course. This may include previous completed or incomplete degrees, diplomas, TAFE awards and, in particular, completed Certificate IV in Health (Nursing) and/or Diploma of Nursing. In particular, credit for prior learning will be available for students who have completed a Certificate IV and/or Diploma of Nursing award in the Technical and Further Education sector leading to registration in Division 2 of the register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Students with Division 2 registration are eligible to apply for a maximum of eight (8) credit points of credit for prior learning.

    In all cases, credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with a maximum credit granted being consistent with University policy (Deakin University, Credit for prior learning policy and procedure, July 2003) and the guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning as approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

    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 are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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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