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CQ23 - Bachelor of Nursing

About Nursing

CQU’s health and recreation studies enables you to learn more about sport and exercise science, human fitness, family and community health, lifestyle management, occupational health and safety and personal health. Core studies provide a comprehensive understanding of health and the factors that influence it.

Nursing provides a challenging yet rewarding career focused on the health and wellbeing of others.  The health care industry is ever changing and registered nurses are in high demand. 

Students explore the theoretical and research based methods of nursing practices and develop skills and knowledge in areas such as cross-cultural health care, legal issues, disease management, human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and human behavior. 

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Registered nurses work in the health care industry and health promotion agencies, including occupational health, Aboriginal health, community health, drug and alcohol agencies, the armed services, public and private hospitals and nursing homes.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time, 4.5 to 6 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG; MKY; ROK; USCDS
International - BDG; MKY; ROK
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Arts, Health and Sciences
How to Apply QTAC for domestic students direct for international students
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland Nursing Council.
Residential School There are compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to a number of nursing and science courses in the program. Please refer to the course synopses in this handbook for details.
Practicum/Work placement Students will be required to undertake 1088 hours of off-campus clinical placements during the 3 years of the program
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BN 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 020827B - QLD (continuing international students only at BDG/MKY)

Program Aims

Nursing offers diverse people-centred career opportunities in a challenging industry that continues to change rapidly. The broad nature of nursing allows opportunities for employment and specialisation in areas as varied as the traditional hospital setting, accident and emergency, community health, indigenous health, industry, remote or rural health, and the armed forces.

Nursing work is focused on working in partnership with individuals, groups and communities to enhance health and wellness and assist clients to effectively manage health issues. On completion of the Bachelor of Nursing, the graduate will be eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland Nursing Council. This registration allows the nurse to work within Queensland and be eligible to register as a nurse in other Australian states and territories.

There has been a collaborative arrangement made between the University of the Sunshine Coast (USCDS) and CQU for the delivery of this program on site at USC for all three years of the program.

1st year - In Year 1 of the program students will focus on developing foundation skills and knowledge required for nursing practice. Some clinical experience could be undertaken as part of tutorials in the first term.

2nd year - In Year 2 of the program students will be introduced to abnormal health patterns and the nursing care required to manage these.

3rd year - Year 3 of the program will focus on consolidating their knowledge in clinical practice situations including an 8 week block placement in their final term of study.

This program also accepts overseas trained registered nurses and as such it recognises that students have expertise in their particular field of nursing practice. The program is directed towards strengthening the theoretical base of nursing practice and providing a general academic background similar to that of other health professionals.

Career options

Registered nurses work in the health care industry and health promotion agencies, including occupational health, Aboriginal health, community health, drug and alcohol agencies, the armed services, public and private hospitals and nursing homes.

Program Structure

To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete 24 courses or 144 units of credit as outlined.

Recommended study schedule

The following schedule is designed for full-time students who usually enrol in four courses per term or 24 units of credit. Part-time students should therefore modify this schedule to suit their own needs The normal study load for part-time students is two courses per term or 12 units of credit per term.

Courses Offered

Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Mackay campuses
Full-time study schedule
Year 1 - T1
Course Code Course Name
NURS11145 Indigenous and Cross Cultural Health Care
NURS11146 Foundations of Professional Nursing
NURS11147 Foundation Nursing Skills
SCIE11019 Introductory Bioscience
Year 1 - T2
Course Code Course Name
NURS11148 Health and Human Behaviour
NURS11114 Holistic Health Assessment
HMSC11005 Human Anatomy
BIOH11004 Human Physiology
Year 2 - T1
Course Code Course Name
NURS12141 Nursing in a Medical Environment
NURS12142 Nursing in a Surgical Environment
NURS12140 Disease Management and Control
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
Year 2 - T2
Course Code Course Name
NURS12143 Family and Community Health
NUTR19001 Nutrition
NURS12144 Legal Issues in Health Care
NURS12145 Aged Care Nursing
Year 3 - T1
Year 3 of this schedule is for the Bachelor of Health (Nursing) program.
Course Code Course Name
NURS11145 Indigenous and Cross Cultural Health Care
NURS13102 Introduction to Health Research
NURS13104 Nursing III
NURS13106 Nursing Practice III
Year 3 - T2
Course Code Course Name
NURS12097 Ethical and Legal Issues
NURS13089 Preparation for Professional Practice
NURS13107 Nursing IV
NURS13108 Nursing Practice IV
Part-time study schedule
Year 1 - T1
Course Code Course Name
NURS11146 Foundations of Professional Nursing
SCIE11019 Introductory Bioscience
Year 1 - T2
Course Code Course Name
HMSC11005 Human Anatomy
BIOH11004 Human Physiology
Sunshine Coast Delivery Site
Full-time study schedule
Year 1 - Term 1/Semester 1
Course Code Course Name
NURS11145 Indigenous and Cross Cultural Health Care
NURS11146 Foundations of Professional Nursing
NURS11147 Foundation Nursing Skills

Term 1/Semester 1

  • NUR101 Introductory Bioscience - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)

Term 2/Semester 2

  • LFS122 Human Anatomy - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
  • LFS112 Human Physiology - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
  • NUR252 Health and Human Behaviour - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
  • TBA Holistic Health Assessment - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
Year 2 - Term 1/Semester 1
Course Code Course Name
NURS12141 Nursing in a Medical Environment
NURS12142 Nursing in a Surgical Environment
  • NUR231 Disease Management and Control - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
  • NUR221 Human Pathophysiology - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
Term 2/Semester 2
Course Code Course Name
NURS12144 Legal Issues in Health Care
  • NUR242 Family and Community Health - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
  • NUR262 Aged Care Nursing - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
  • NUR232 Nutrition Across the Lifespan - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
Year 3 - Term 1/Semester 1
Course Code Course Name
NURS11145 Indigenous and Cross Cultural Health Care
NURS13104 Nursing III
NURS13106 Nursing Practice III
  • CPH261 Research Design & Analysis - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionally)
Term 2/Semester 2
Course Code Course Name
NURS12097 Ethical and Legal Issues
NURS13089 Preparation for Professional Practice
NURS13107 Nursing IV
NURS13108 Nursing Practice IV
Part-time study schedule
Term 1/Semester 1
Course Code Course Name
NURS11146 Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • NUR101 Introductory Bioscience - Internal USC (enrol cross-institutionaly

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