Bachelor of Nursing (EN Articulation Pathway)
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle and Broome Campuses
The Bachelor of Nursing (EN Articulation Pathway) at The University of Notre Dame Australia places a strong emphasis on the nurse-patient relationship and is highly practical in its orientation. Designed for Enrolled Nurses who wish to upgrade their qualifications to become Registered Nurses this program will see you undertake a total of 760 hours practical nursing experience over the two years – far more than nursing programs at other universities. As a student you will be placed in appropriate hospital or heath care settings for your workplace experience.
Why study this degree?
The University of Notre Dame Australia recognises the value of life experience as well as academic
achievement. That is why we have designed a special program for Enrolled Nurses who wish to
upgrade their qualifications to become Registered Nurses. If you already hold a Diploma HLT51607,
HLT51612 or HLT54115 you are exempt from taking certain courses in the formal curriculum so you
can complete the Bachelor of Nursing in two years rather than the normal three.
The program, which is divided into four broad study streams, uses problem-solving and an evidence-
based approach to teaching. Theoretical and practical components are integrated. Subjects covered
include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, ethics, clinical reasoning, health
communications, paediatrics and adolescent health. You will also choose two electives. Options include: Rural and Remote Health, Global Health, Maternal Care, Advanced Mental Health and Advanced Wound Care.
In line with the program’s hands-on approach, you will undertake approximately 400 hours of clinical
practice each year. The settings include hospitals, primary health care and community health care
facilities, where you will be mentored by experienced registered nurses and other health care
professionals. Apart from the practical skills you will also acquire a solid academic foundation – ideal
if you wish to pursue further studies or acquire specialist nursing skills.
The program has four broad study streams:
- Behavioural Science
- Health Science
- Nursing Care: Theory and Practice
- Personal and Professional Development
Courses may include:
- Paediatrics and Adolescent Health
- Health Research and Informatics 2
- Nursing Care 3 – Medical and Surgical
- Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
- Health Assessment in Nursing
- Professional Practice 3
- Nursing Care 4 – Perioperative
- Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
- Transition to Practice 1 – self-care and professional development
- Mental Health 2
- Professional Practice 4
- Clinical Reasoning and Judgement
- Transition to Practice 2 – contemporary nursing
- Introduction to Theology
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Aboriginal Health
- Professional Practice 5
- Nursing Care 5 – Critical Care
- Transition to Practice 3 – leadership and management
- Primary Health Care
- Professional Practice 6
Students also select two electives from the following:
- Rural and Remote Health
- Global Health*
- Maternal Care *
- Advanced Mental Health
- Advanced Wound Care
*These elective courses will not be offered to students undertaking the Bachelor of
Nursing (EN Articulation Pathway) program on the Broome Campus.
More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.
Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.
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
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.
The minimum entry requirement is qualification as an Enrolled Nurse, current registration with
AHPRA as an Enrolled Nurse and meeting RPL to Diploma HLT51607, HLT51612 or HLT54115. As a
prospective student you must be able to demonstrate good verbal and written skills. The Diploma of
Enrolled Nursing must be commenced and completed after Year 12, i.e. post-school leaving age.
Prerequisites for Nursing
You will need to complete:
- HLTAID003 Provide First Aid course
- National Criminal Record check (domestic students) and Federal Police Check (international
- 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 (EN Articulation Pathway).
This applies to Permanent Residents and Australian citizens whose first language is not English and
have not completed 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
Fees and costs
This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:
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.
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. Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.
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
The following careers are open to graduates of this program:
- Aged care
- Community nursing
- Critical care
- Mental health
- Medical and surgical nursing
- Nursing specialities
A graduate will be eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Nursing) and become a practising Registered Nurse in any area of nursing as a beginning practitioner.