Bachelor of Nursing

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Nursing
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2) - for applicants who are registered or eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

November (Trimester 3) - for applicants who are eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool only. Students will study at Burwood (Melbourne) in Trimester 3 then return to their enrolled campus.

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,840 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

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

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code018327G
VTAC Codes1400414351 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514351 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714351 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code H326

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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 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. 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.

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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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 rules

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.

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

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HBS107Understanding Health

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HNN108Understanding Research Evidence

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

Level 2 - Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

HNN222Mental Health and Illness (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)

HNN217Community 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

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)

HNN215Quality 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

HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Practice

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:

Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:

HBS345Collaborative Practice in Healthcare

International study tour elective unit:

HNN216International Nursing Study Tour

Other electives:

HNN207Maternity Nursing: Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn

HNN313Perioperative Nursing

HNN348Rural and Remote Area Nursing


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.

Entry requirements - general

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 Guide.

Prerequisite requirements for Year 12 applicants please refer to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) http://www.vtac.edu.au/

Closing dates

July (Trimester 2): 2 June 2016

November (Trimester 3): 2 October 2016

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.

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. 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.