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Bachelor of Nursing

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects), which includes gaining a satisfactory grade for all clinical placements. Study within the University is closely integrated with practical experience gained in health care facilities. Students will graduate from the Bachelor of Nursing with the award BNurs.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Nursing is a contemporary and competitive course, developed in close association with the industry to prepare graduates for a career in nursing. It is offered for on campus study and by distance education, with a range of credit packages available.

Developed in close association with the nursing profession and healthcare industries, CSU's Bachelor of Nursing is a fully accredited course and addresses the needs of today's nurse. A rewarding and diverse career path, nursing is a health profession concerned with caring for people of all ages.

CSU plays a leading role in nursing education in Australia, providing clinical education in many areas of nursing. Our students receive a thorough education that balances theory and clinical practice.

This course is offered on campus at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga, or by distance education only through Orange campus.

An intake for Session 2 is available for distance education students only.

What will I learn?

CSU's Bachelor of Nursing philosophy encompasses primary healthcare, Indigenous health and culture, health challenges, health optimisation, discipline of nursing, clinical nursing practice, social justice, psychosocial sciences and biosciences.

How long will this course take?

The normal duration of the course for full time on campus students is three years with a maximum period of four and a half years.

CSU's Bachelor of Nursing allows for a flexible workload for students choosing to study by distance education. The course can normally be completed within three to four years depending on the amount of credit awarded, with a maximum period of five and a half years.

Residential school for students studying by distance education

Students studying by distance education attend compulsory residential schools held on CSU's campuses for all nursing and science subjects. Residential schools range from two to five days in length for each subject. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are able to attend all compulsory residential schools and block clinical placements.

Residential school is in mid February for students commencing the course in Session 1 and in June/July for those commencing in Session 2.

Residential school dates

Credit

Applicants can apply for credit depending on their previous qualifications.

Australian Enrolled/Division 2 Nurses

Enrolled/Division 2 nurses who also hold:

  • TAFE Diploma in Nursing course No. 4393 will receive a 64 point credit package
  • TAFE Certificate IV Course No. 3262 (2008 and beyond) will receive a 40 point credit package
  • TAFE Certificate IV Course No. 3228 (prior to 2008) will receive a 24 point credit package

Students who have completed Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse qualifications at TAFE and other institutions outside NSW will have their application for credit assessed on an individual basis by the Undergraduate Courses Director.

Other educational institutions

Students with qualifications from other educational institutions may be awarded credit for one or more subjects. Students will need to provide certified academic transcripts demonstrating successful completion of subjects along with associated documentation that establishes material studied is relevant to a CSU Bachelor of Nursing subject.

To find out which subjects you may be exempt from, visit the Nursing in the CSU Handbook.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Graduates work professionally as nurses in diverse settings such as:

  • community health centres
  • public and private hospitals
  • specialty and general practice medical surgeries
  • aged care facilities
  • defence forces
  • primary healthcare and Royal Flying Doctors' Service
  • industry
  • research
  • education

Once you become registered as a nurse, your job prospects are very good with most students gaining employment within the first six months after completion of their course. Most final year nursing students will know if they have a graduate nurse position by December of their final year.

CSU nursing graduates work in health agencies across NSW and interstate, and many have sought overseas registration and now work overseas.

After registration, you may specialise within an area of nursing that interests you. For example, after achieving your Bachelor of Nursing degree, you may study further to become qualified in a specialist area of nursing such as mental health, high dependency, paediatric and midwifery nursing at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master level.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Nursing course is of 192 points duration, comprising the following 24 X 8 point subjects:

BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2 (Key Subject)
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
BMS292 Pathophsiology & Pharmacology 2
NRS191 Primary Health Care Nursing 1: Health Promotion and Education
NRS192 Primary Health Care Nursing 2: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Key Subject)
NRS193 Disipline of Nursing 1: Contexts of Nursing
NRS194 Indigenous Culture, Health and Nursing
NRS195 Psychosocial Nursing
NRS291 Health Challenges 1: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation (Key Subject)
NRS292 Health Challenges 2: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS293 Clinical Nursing Practice 1 (Key Subject)
NRS294 Clinical Nursing Practice 2 (Key Subject)
NRS295 Discipline of Nursing 2: Health, Law and Ethics
NRS296 Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry and Research
NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing Care
NRS376 Health Optimisation 2: Mental Health Nursing
NRS377 Health Optimisation 3: Chronic and Complex Nursing Care
NRS378 Health Optimisation 4: Family, Community and Rural Health Nursing
NRS379 Discipline of Nursing 4: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
NRS382 Clinical Nursing Practice 4
PSY214 Health Psychology
SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care

Key Subjects
NRS192 Primary Health Care Nursing 2: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
NRS293 Clinical Nursing Practice 1
NRS294 Clinical Nursing Practice 2
NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
NRS382 Clinical Nursing Practice 4

Enrolment pattern

Full-time Students
Session 1
BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
NRS191 Primary Health Care Nursing 1: Health Promotion and Education
NRS193 Discipline of Nursing 1: Contexts of Nursing
SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care

Session 2
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
NRS192 Primary Health Care Nursing 2: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
NRS194 Indigenous Culture, Health and Nursing
NRS195 Psychosocial Nursing

Session 3
BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
NRS291 Health Challenges 1: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS293 Clinical Nursing Practice 1
NRS295 Discipline of Nursing 2: Health, Law and Ethics

Session 4
BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
NRS292 Health Challenges 2: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS294 Clinical Nursing Practice 2
NRS296 Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry and Research

Session 5
NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing Care
NRS376 Health Optimisation 2: Mental Health Nursing
NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
PSY214 Health Psychology

Session 6
NRS377 Health Optimisation 3: Chronic and Complex Nursing Care
NRS378 Health Optimisation 4: Family, Community and Rural Nursing
NRS379 Discipline of Nursing 4: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
NRS382 Clinical Nursing Practice 4

Full-time students who receive the EN credit package (for undertaking the Certificate IV from 2008)
Session 1
BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
NRS193 Discipline of Nursing 1: Contexts of Nursing
NRS291 Health Challenges 1: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS293 Clinical Nursing Practice 1

Session 2
BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
NRS292 Health Challenges 2: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS294 Clinical Nursing Practice 2
NRS296 Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry and Research

Session 3
NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing Care
NRS376 Health Optimisation 2: Mental Health Nursing
NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
PSY214 Health Psychology
SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care

Session 4
NRS377 Health Optimisation 3: Chronic and Complex Nursing Care
NRS378 Health Optimisation 4: Family, Community and Rural Nursing
NRS379 Discipline of Nursing 4: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
NRS382 Clinical Nursing Practice 4

Part-time (Distant Education) students who receive the EN credit package (for undertaking the Certificate IV course number 3262, 2008 and beyond)
(credit given NRS191 NRS192 NRS194 NRS195 NRS295)
Session 1
NRS193 Discipline of Nursing 1: Contexts of Nursing
SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care

Session 2
BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
NRS296 Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry and Research

Session 3
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
PSY214 Health Psychology

Session 4
BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
NRS291 Health Challenges 1: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS293 Clinical Nursing Practice 1

Session 5
BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
NRS292 Health Challenges 2: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS294 Clinical Nursing Practice 2

Session 6
NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing Care
NRS376 Health Optimisation 2: Mental Health Nursing
NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3

Session 7
NRS377 Health Optimisation 3: Chronic and Complex Nursing Care
NRS378 Health Optimisation 4: Family, Community and Rural Nursing

Session 8
NRS379 Discipline of Nursing 4: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
NRS382 Clinical Nursing Practice 4

The enrolment pattern for part-time (Distance Education) students who receive the EN credit package (for undertaking the Certificate IV Course number 3228 prior to 2008)
(credit given NRS191 NRS192 NRS195)
Session 1
NRS193 Discipline of Nursing 1: Contexts of Nursing
SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care

Session 2
NRS194 Indigenous Cultures, Health and Nursing
BMS191 Human Bioscience 1

Session 3
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
NRS295 Discipline of Nursing 2: Health, Law and Ethics
PSY214 Health Psychology

Session 4
BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
NRS291 Health Challenges 1: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS293 Clinical Nursing Practice 1

Session 5
BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
NRS292 Health Challenges 2: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS294 Clinical Nursing Practice 2

Session 6
NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing Care
NRS376 Health Optimisation 2: Mental Health Nursing NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3

Session 7
NRS377 Health Optimisation 3: Chronic and Complex Nursing Care
NRS378 Health Optimisation 4: Family, Community and Rural Nursing
NRS296 Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry and Research

Session 8
NRS379 Discipline of Nursing 4: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
NRS382 Clinical Nursing Practice 4
 

The enrolment pattern for part-time (Distance Education) students who receive credit for the Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) course no. 4393 offered by TAFE NSW until December 2014
(credit for NRS191 NRS192 NRS193 NRS194 NRS195 BMS191 NRS295 NRS375)
Session 1
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care

Session 2
BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
NRS291 Health Challenges 1: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS293 Clinical Nursing Practice 1

Session 3
BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
NRS292 Health Challenges 2: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS294 Clinical Nursing Practice 2

Session 4
NRS376 Health Optimisation 2: Mental Health Nursing
NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
NRS296 Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry and Research

Session 5
NRS377 Health Optimisation 3: Chronic and Complex Nursing Care
NRS378 Health Optimisation 4: Family, Community and Rural Nursing
PSY214 Health Psychology

Session 6
NRS379 Discipline of Nursing 4: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
NRS382 Clinical Nursing Practice 4

All students commence Session 1 (Autumn)

Professional recognition

This course is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education. It is also accredited by the Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales. The course was accredited by the Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales for six years in June 2008.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; Dubbo; Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years full-time on campus. A maximum period of four and a half years applies.

3 to 4 years by distance education depending on the amount of credit awarded with a maximum period of five and a half years.

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

70

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