Bachelor of Nursing
Course summary for current students
|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Nursing|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool|
|Duration||3 years full time|
|CRICOS course code||018327G|
|Deakin course code||H326|
Enrol in Deakin’s Bachelor of Nursing to gain the skills, knowledge and the 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.
Students completing this course are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). 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.
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. You will spend approximately 50 per cent of the course duration in various health care settings, including hospitals and community health centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.
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.
Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Check
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.
Fees and charges
This section is for:
- all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
- domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
- all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.
Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.
* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.
This section is for:
- all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
- all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.
Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:
|Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*||Domestic Fee Paying||International Fee Paying|
The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.
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)
- 3 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) worth 3 credit points
- At least one of the electives must be taken at level 2 or 3.
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.
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
|HNN120||Quality and Safety in Health Care|
|HBS109||Human Structure and Function|
|HNN112||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1|
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|HNN108||Understanding Research Evidence|
|HNN122||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2|
Level 2 - Trimester 1 or Trimester 2
|HNN222||Mental Health and Illness (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)|
|HNN217||Community Nursing Practice (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
|HNN227||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)|
|HNN215||Quality Use of Medicines (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)|
plus one elective unit
Students must complete HNN215 and HNN227 in the same trimester
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|HNN318||The Older Person and Supportive Care|
|HNN319||Chronic Illness and Supportive Care|
|HNN320||Leadership and Clinical Governance|
plus one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|HNN300||Child and Adolescent Health|
|HNN301||Mental Health Promotion|
|HNN325||Comprehensive Nursing Practice|
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:
Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:
|HBS345||Collaborative Practice in Healthcare|
International study tour elective unit:
|HNN216||International Nursing Study Tour|
|HNN207||Maternity Nursing: Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn|
|HNN348||Rural and Remote Area Nursing|