Bachelor of Nursing

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle Campus

Completed in three years of full-time study our Bachelor of Nursing places a strong focus on the nurse-patient relationship and is highly practical. You will undertake 1,120 hours of practical nursing experience during the program – more than any other nursing program in Western Australia. The program will give you the skills and confidence to work in a variety of healthcare settings when you graduate. The program is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

  • Why study this degree?

    Providing high-quality, compassionate and respectful care is the benchmark for any world-class
    healthcare system and this Bachelor of Nursing program is designed to do just that. Taken over three
    years this well-balanced program offers a perfect combination of classroom learning and hands-on
    experience in appropriate healthcare settings.

    The program is divided into four broad study streams: Behavioural Science, Health Science, Nursing
    Care: Theory and Practice, and Personal and Professional Development. This degree uses problem-
    solving and an evidence-based approach to teaching - integrating theoretical and practical
    components. Subjects covered include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, ethics,
    health communications, paediatrics and adolescent health. Students also choose two electives –
    options include Rural and Remote Health, Global Health, Maternal Care, Advanced Mental Health and
    Advanced Wound Care.

    Our Bachelor of Nursing program places a high value on the nurse-patient relationship and will
    require you to complete intensive clinical practice each year. The university accepts only a limited
    number of students into this nursing program each year to ensure that you will be placed into an
    appropriate hospital or heath care setting for your practical experience components. When you
    graduate, you will be eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation
    Agency (Nursing) and become a practising Registered Nurse in any area of nursing.

  • Program summary

    The Bachelor of Nursing has four broad study streams:

    • Behavioural Science
    • Health Science
    • Nursing Care: Theory and Practice
    • Personal and Professional Development

    In addition to the University’s Core Curriculum, you must complete the Health
    Communications, Research and Informatics course which will introduce you to the skills essential
    for successful university study, helping you adjust to a new learning environment.

    • Anatomy and Physiology 1
    • Nursing Care 1 – Foundations
    • Developmental Psychology – Nursing
    • Health Communications, Research and Informatics 1
    • Social and Cultural Diversity
    • Professional Practice 1
    • Anatomy and Physiology 2
    • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    • Nursing Care 2 – Fundamentals
    • Health Research and Informatics 2
    • Public Health and Microbiology
    • Professional Practice 2
    • Nursing Care 3 – Medical and Surgical
    • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
    • Health Assessment in Nursing
    • Mental Health 1
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Professional Practice 3
    • Nursing Care 4 – Perioperative
    • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
    • Transition to Practice 1 – self-care and professional development
    • Mental Health 2
    • Ethics
    • Professional Practice 4
    • Clinical Reasoning and Judgement
    • Transition to Practice 2 – contemporary nursing
    • Paediatrics and Adolescent Health
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Aboriginal Health
    • Professional Practice 5
    • Nursing Care 5 – Critical Care
    • Transition to Practice 3 – leadership and management
    • Primary Health Care
    • Professional Practice 6

    You will also select two elective courses from the following:

    • Rural and Remote Health
    • Global Health
    • Maternal Care
    • Advanced Mental Health
    • Advanced Wound Care

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum
    placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make
    valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
      OR
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
      OR
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • Professional and work experience;
      OR
    • completion of a non-award qualification in a relevant field
      OR
    • STAT score of 145 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
      OR
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
      OR
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Prerequisites for Nursing

    You will need to complete:

    • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid course
    • National Criminal Record check (domestic students) and Federal Police Check (international
      students) and
    • Complete all immunisation requirements as set out by the West Australian Department of
      Health

    Further information is available in the School of Nursing Clinical Pack

    English Language Requirements

    You must be able to demonstrate two years of full-time secondary, vocational or tertiary level of
    study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or the
    United States of America. If you do not meet these requirements you will need to sit the Academic
    IELTS exam and achieve a score of at least 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each sub-section (reading, writing,
    listening and speaking) to qualify for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing (Articulation Pathways for EN
    Development). This applies to Permanent Residents and Australian citizens whose first language is
    not English and have not complete two years full-time academic study in Australia. IELTS results will
    need to be verified by the Admissions Office before an offer of a place can be made. The Admissions
    Office reserves the right to ask for IELTS results from any applicant. For more information please visit
    www.ielts.org

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    HECS-HELP
    HECS-HELP is a loan scheme intended for students enrolled in Commonwealth Supported Places. The scheme will pay your student contribution amounts, but not additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Although there is no interest charged on HECS-HELP loans, your debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

    FEE-HELP
    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index and also includes a loan fee of 25 per cent for all undergraduate programs of study.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

    The Commonwealth Government has allocated a number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for our Nursing program. Please contact the Prospective Students Office for more detailed information on tuition fees and fee-replacement options.

    Additional program related expenses

    In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, you will also need to budget for the following items:

    • Uniform from $220
    • Textbooks $300 average each semester
    • Immunisation $50-$500 (as required)
    • Police check approximately $52
    • Provide First Aid Course (HLTAID003) approximately $120
  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Aged care
    • Community nursing
    • Critical care
    • Mental health
    • Medical and surgical nursing
    • Nursing specialities
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Nursing, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61
    8 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au.

    All International enquiries should contact the International Students Office on
    international@nd.edu.au.

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