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Bachelor of Nursing Science

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points including 32 points of core subjects.
To exit with the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration), students must satisfactorily complete 192 points, including 32 points of core subjects.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

The Bachelor of Nursing Science is a four-year post-Registered Nurses' (RN) degree designed to give qualified RNs the opportunity to update their qualifications to degree level.

As a registered nurse with a degree, you are in a good position to further your career in all areas of nursing practice, education or management. The Bachelor of Nursing Science is an investment in your future.

The four-year Bachelor degree offers:

  • the advantages of distance education - flexibility of delivery means you can study in your home country at a time that suits you
  • quality teaching materials that are relevant, up-to-date and meet professional and academic standards
  • a wide range of subjects allowing you to pursue special interest areas such as mental health, gerontic nursing, health education or child health
  • assessment and support by qualified nurse academics who are easily contacted by telephone, fax or email in Australia
  • online access to extensive library and support services.

Students can choose to exit the course following completion of the first three years and graduate with the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration), which is the equivalent of a three-year nursing degree.

Credit 

Charles Sturt University frequently recognises prior learning including study at other institutions. Each request for credit is individually assessed at the time of application. If you are made an offer of a place in the course, you will be notified in the Offer of Admission of the amount of approved credit.

Credit may be offered to students who meet the following criteria:

  • a Diploma of Nursing from a college or tertiary level program: 20 subjects credit leaving 12 subjects in total to be studied
  • a Diploma of Nursing from a hospital based program: 16 subjects credit leaving 16 subjects in total to be studied
  • tertiary subjects completed at an accredited university additional to the nursing diploma will be considered for additional credit
  • professional studies, such as midwifery, additional to the nursing diploma will be considered for additional credit. These studies must be equivalent to tertiary level study in terms of length, assessment and content
  • CSU's three-year Bachelor of Nursing: additional credit within the Bachelor of Nursing Science may be approved.

Please note that the maximum credit possible is 24 subjects, as a student must complete a minimum of eight subjects to be eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Nursing Science.
Should a student choose to exit with the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration), then the maximum credit is 20 subjects and they must complete at least four subjects.

Course structure

BACHELOR OF NURSING SCIENCE

The course consists of 256 points:

  • Students with a College Diploma of Nursing receive 160 points credit and are therefore required to complete 96 points including 48 points of core subjects and 48 points from the restricted elective list.
  • Students with a Hospital Diploma of Nursing receive 128 points credit and are therefore required to complete 128 points including 48 points of core subjects and 80 points from the restricted elective list.

Core subjects (48 points):

NRS132 Nursing and Communities
NRS184 International Indigenous Cultures, Health and Nursing
NRS239 Issues in International Nursing
NRS296 Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry & Research
NRS349 Nursing Project (16)

Restricted Elective Subjects:

BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
BMS319 Behavioural Neuroscience
BMS323 Infectious Microbiology and Immunology
HLT401 Context of Health Promotion
MHP108 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Assessment and Stages of Change
MHP109 Body, Illness and Health
MHP206 Suicide Prevention
MHP207 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Interventions
MHP208 Working with Adolescents and Youth
MHP303 Sexual Assault and Family Violence
MHP306 Forensic Mental Health
MHP307 Advanced Skills in Drug and Alcohol
MHP308 Community Action Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence
MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
MID452 Issues in Midwifery
MID524 Contemporary Midwifery Practice
MID525 Midwifery in Context
NRS115 Care of Infants
NRS192 Primary Health Care Nursing2: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
NRS193 Discipline of Nursing 1: Context of Nursing
NRS195 Psychosocial Nursing
NRS235 Pain Management
NRS292 Health Challenges 2: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS293 Clinical Nursing Practice 1
NRS294 Clinical Nursing Practice 2
NRS325 Child Health Care Promotion
NRS337 Professional Challenges in High Acuity NursingLife Threatening Illness
NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing
NRS376 Health Optimisation 2: Mental Health Nursing
NRS377 Health Optimisation 3: Chronic & Complex Care
NRS378 Health Optimisation 4: Family, Community & Rural Nursing
NRS379 Discipline of Nursing 4: Transition to Nursing Practice
NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
NRS382 Clinical Nursing Practice 4
NRS401 The Ecology of Child Health Care
PSY214 Health Psychology

Students who have achieved satisfactorily in all the three core subjects may enrol in the following as electives:

HLT402 Learning in Health Contexts
HLT403 Clinical Teaching Techniques
HLT404 Clinical Education Planning
HLT405 Issues in Clinical Education

BACHELOR OF NURSING (POST-REGISTRATION) Exit poiint only

The course consists of 192 points:

  • Students with a College Diploma of Nursing receive 160 points credit and are therefore required to complete 32 points of core subjects.
  • Students with a Hospital Diploma of Nursing receive 128 points credit and are therefore required to complete 64 points including 32 points of core subjects and 32 points from the restricted elective list.

Core subjects (32 points):

NRS132 Nursing and Communities
NRS184 International Indigenous Cultures, Health and Nursing
NRS239 Issues in International Nursing
NRS296 Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry & Research

Restricted Elective Subjects:

BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
BMS319 Behavioural Neuroscience
BMS323 Infectious Microbiology and Immunology
HLT401 Context of Health Promotion
MHP108 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Assessment and Stages of Change
MHP109 Body, Illness and Health
MHP206 Suicide Prevention
MHP207 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Interventions
MHP208 Working with Adolescents and Youth
MHP303 Sexual Assault and Family Violence
MHP306 Forensic Mental Health
MHP307 Advanced Skills in Drug and Alcohol
MHP308 Community Action Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence
MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
MID452 Issues in Midwifery
MID524 Contemporary Midwifery Practice
MID525 Midwifery in Context
NRS115 Care of Infants
NRS192 Primary Health Care Nursing2: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
NRS193 Discipline of Nursing 1: Context of Nursing
NRS195 Psychosocial Nursing
NRS235 Pain Management
NRS292 Health Challenges 2: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation
NRS293 Clinical Nursing Practice 1
NRS294 Clinical Nursing Practice 2
NRS325 Child Health Care Promotion
NRS337 Professional Challenges in High Acuity NursingLife Threatening Illness
NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing
NRS376 Health Optimisation 2: Mental Health Nursing
NRS377 Health Optimisation 3: Chronic & Complex Care
NRS378 Health Optimisation 4: Family, Community & Rural Nursing
NRS379 Discipline of Nursing 4: Transition to Nursing Practice
NRS381 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
NRS382 Clinical Nursing Practice 4
NRS401 The Ecology of Child Health Care
PSY214 Health Psychology

Enrolment pattern

BACHELOR OF NURSING SCIENCE

By Part-time distance education study

Session 1

NRS132 Nursing and Communities
NRS296 Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry & Research

Session 2

NRS184 International Indigenous Cultures, Health and Nursing
NRS239 Issues in International Nursing

Sessions 3 - 8

Restricted Electives

Sessions 3 -7

NRS349 Nursing Project (16)(two sessions)

BACHELOR OF NURSING (POST-REGISTRATION)

Students with a College Diploma of Nursing who have completed 32 points of core subjects in the Bachelor of Nursing Science course may opt to transfer into the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) and exit with this award.

Students with a Hospital Diploma of Nursing who have completed 32 points of core subjects and 32 points from the restricted elective list in the Bachelor of Nursing Science course may opt to transfer into the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) and exit with this award.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Bathurst

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

4 years

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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