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|Campus||Offered at Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Warrnambool Campus|
4 years full-time
|Next available intake||March (Trimester 1)|
|Indicative annual fee 2014||$6,525* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|CRICOS course code||079499D|
|VTAC Codes||1400414081 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514081 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714081 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||D387|
Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2014 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2014 should consult the course entry for Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
Deakin University was the first university in Australia to offer combined nursing degree courses. This was in response to signals from the health sector that there is a need for nurses with multidisciplinary skills.
This course is particularly well suited to those interested in the growing field of mental health nursing. It will prepare you with a strong understanding of research methods in psychology, human behaviour and mental processes and provide you with the knowledge and skills to comprehensively care for patients.
Throughout the course you will benefit from our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centre which provide you with the facilities and equipment required to develop practical skills which are further enhanced through clinical work placements.
In addition you will study a wide range of units that provide the scientific knowledge base for mental health practice such as psychology as a behavioural science, statistics, psychological testing and measurement, mental health promotion and research.
On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). You will also have acquired a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA).
Upon completion of your studies you will be qualified to work in areas such as mental health rehabilitation, youth work, careers counselling, community development and work/life counselling in addition to more traditional nursing roles.
Students interested in pursuing a professional career in psychology will need to complete an approved ‘fourth year’ of study (such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology) after which students may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and seek associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practise, or a minimum of two years of postgraduate study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practise completed outside the degree).
The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science course comprises thirty two (32) credit points. Two (2) credit points of units are course grouped for both nursing and psychological science; nineteen (19) credit points are specific to nursing and eleven (11) credit points are specific to psychology. These core units provide students with an opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary learning. Students gain an understanding of basic scientific foundations in the areas of biomedical and human behaviour studies.
There is an expectation that students be available to undertake clinical placements outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are the responsibility of the student.
For students studying at Geelong and Warrnambool some units may only be available off campus in years two, three and four. Students enrolled at the Geelong Waterfront Campus will be required to take some units at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.
|HBS109||Human Structure and Function|
|HNN112||Principles of Nursing Care|
|HNN120||The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 1|
|HPS111||Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour|
|HNN122||Nursing Management and Interventions 1|
|HPS121||Psychology B: Individual and Social Development|
|HBS108||Health Information and Data (Trimester 2 at W)|
|HNN222||Mental Health Nursing (Trimester 2 at W)|
|HNN215||Quality Use of Medicines in Nursing (Trimester 1 at W)|
|HNN227||Nursing Management and Interventions 2 (Trimester 1 at W)|
|HNN217||Nursing in Community Settings (Trimester 2 at W)|
|HNN318||Nursing Management of the Older Person|
|HPS203||Understanding the Mind|
|HPS204||Introduction to Social Psychology|
|HNN300||Child and Adolescent Nursing|
|HPS201||Research Methods in Psychology A (Trimester 1 at W)|
|HPS202||Child and Adolescent Development|
|HNN319||Nursing Management of Chronic Illness|
|HNN320||The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 2|
|HPS301||Research Methods in Psychology B|
|HNN301||Mental Health Promotion|
|HNN325||Comprehensive Nursing Management and Interventions|
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: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-police-record-check-policy-including-working-with-children-check
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.
Prerequisites for year 12 applicants: - VCE units 3 and 4 – and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.
Applications for on and off campus study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).