Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Undergraduate degree

Make a difference in the health industry and study a Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin. Apply today.

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

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Develop the critical knowledge, skills and ethical understanding to successfully become a registered nurse, balanced with a deep understanding of the skills required to help people engage in healthier lifestyles. Deakin’s Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion enables you to make a difference in the health outcomes of individuals, communities and global populations.

Gain a valuable mix of hands-on clinical practice and theory throughout the course. Clinical placements begin in Trimester 1 of your first year and continue throughout every trimester of the course. You’ll undertake over 920 hours of work placements in various settings under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You’ll also gain specialised knowledge in public health and health promotion, learning to tackle health issues and boost wellbeing through combined approaches involving community engagement, policy development, research and more.

Passionate about helping people lead healthier lives, across clinical and community settings?

This combined degree in nursing and public health and health promotion gives you the advantage of learning skills in two differing facets of health care. Public health is the organised response by society to protect and promote health and prevent disability. By looking at the patterns of health and disease, public health focuses on the health of populations, rather than at the level of the individual. Health promotion is about working with people to improve their health and creating environments that support health – be they environmental, legal, physical, economic or social.

You will also get the chance to study the foundations of health promotion practice, such as:

  • biostatistics
  • environmental health
  • epidemiology
  • health sociology
  • planning and evaluation.

While you will graduate with a suite of specialised and highly sought-after healthcare skills, you’ll also leave Deakin instilled with lifelong competencies, in areas such as:

  • research
  • analytical thinking
  • project management
  • communication
  • community development.

Deakin’s purpose-built nursing Clinical Simulation Centres simulate real healthcare settings. They provide you with the facilities and equipment required to develop practical nursing skills, which are further enhanced through your clinical placements.

In your final year, you’ll also have the opportunity to build practical industry experience in public health through the Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum unit, giving you 120 hours of invaluable real-world experience.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion students must attain 32 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. All units in this course are core units (these are compulsory).

You must fulfil the requirements of each of the two degrees in your course of study.

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

See course entry for Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1
  • Quality and Safety in Health Care
  • Disease Prevention and Control
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Assessment
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2
  • Understanding Health
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3
  • Quality Use of Medicines
  • Health Communication
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Mental Health and Illness
  • Understanding Research Evidence
  • Professional Practice
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • The Older Person and Supportive Care
  • Local and Global Environments for Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1
  • Program Planning, Management and Evaluation
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Community Nursing Practice
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2
  • Population Health: A Research Perspective
  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Chronic Illness and Supportive Care
  • Leadership and Clinical Governance
  • Politics, Policy and Health
  • Implementation and Evaluation
  • Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Comprehensive Nursing Practice
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Health Practicum
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400514023 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    D381
    CRICOS code?
    018323M
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

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

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Inherent requirements

    A number of inherent requirements are essential to safely perform the skills and functions of the nursing role and consequently to undertake and successfully complete the course. Learn more about the School of Nursing and Midwifery's Undergraduate Courses Inherent Requirements.

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Learn more about Working with Children Checks.

    Police Record Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course.  Learn more about the National Police Record Check.

    Immunisations

    Prior to commencing clinical placements students are expected to provide evidence of current immunisation status.

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

    Participation requirements

    Students will be expected to complete 800 hours of supervised workplace experience in the Bachelor of Nursing and 120 hours of fieldwork in public health and health promotion.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Clinical practice

    Beginning soon after commencement of the course, early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing.

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

    Public Health and Health Promotion

    The Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum requires you to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of work experience in a health-related agency. In addition to developing a practical understanding of public health-health promotion, this experience will help you further develop the professional and personal skills required to work in a public health-health promotion role.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

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

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    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 English language requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery may differ from the English language requirements required for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

     

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning. The Deakin University policy on Recognition of 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, and TAFE awards.

    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, Recognition of 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 (NMBA).

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight 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 international student fees.

    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

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    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 Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    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

    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.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    As a registered nurse with public health and health promotion knowledge, you can pursue career opportunities around the world in a range of work settings, including:

    • hospitals
    • homes
    • hospices
    • aged care settings
    • clinics
    • schools
    • universities
    • community health centres
    • government agencies and private industries.

    The skills you will develop in the growing public health and health promotion area will qualify you to work in diverse areas, including:

    • health education
    • health and human services
    • public health communication
    • health policy development and implementation.

    Your knowledge of the social and environmental factors that affect the health of individuals and populations will prepare you for a career in a range of clinical and community settings, such as:

    • public health
    • schools
    • rehabilitation
    • health education
    • voluntary organisations
    • patient support agencies
    • working abroad.

    Professional recognition

    On successful completion of your course, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    You may also be eligible to become a member of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

    Notes:

    The NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements.

    Bachelor of Nursing component: This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.

    Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion component: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.


    : All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    See course entry for Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313)