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Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

Course code C33

Provides a broad knowledge and skill base that will enable students to practice independently and interdependently as a registered nurse within the Australian healthcare industry.

The course is designed to enable graduates to be well prepared to make significant contributions to the outcomes of patients within a diverse range of health care settings.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C33

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $4,450

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West FT PT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C33

CRICOS code

077132G

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $35,450

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West FT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    It is desirable that all applicants have completed study in a science related subject at WACE - general or ATAR level.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • In addition to satisfying ECU minimum English standard requirements for this course, all applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard. (https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx)

    These requirements are as follows:

    • IELTS Academic with a minimum overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • Occupational English Test (OET) with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
      • 24 for listening,
      • 24 for reading,
      • 27 for writing, and
      • 23 for speaking, or
    • Completion of at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country as defined by the NMBA (including at least 2 years between years 7 and 12) with a supporting written declaration to confirm that your primary language is English, or
    • Completion of at least 5 years full-time equivalent continuous combined secondary and/or tertiary and/or vocational education taught and assessed in a recognised country as defined by the NMBA (within the last 7 years), with a supporting written declaration to confirm whether your primary language is English.  Note: The 5 years does not include the proposed ECU study. 

    Note:  English tests must be completed within 2 years of the proposed course commencement date and additional requirements may apply in relation to acceptable number of test sittings and combined scores across test sittings.

    ECU's minimum English standard requirements for this course may be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUR1101Nursing in the Australian Healthcare System15
NUM1102Communication Skills for Nurses and Midwives15
SCN1111Health Science 115
NPU1101Nursing Practice 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUM1204Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Midwifery15
NUM1203Health Assessment15
NPU1202Nursing Practice 215
NUM1205Legal and Ethical Requirements in Nursing and Midwifery Practice15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUM2307Mental Health and Wellbeing in Clinical Practice 115
NUM2306Adult Health Care 115
NPU2303Nursing Practice 315
NUM2308Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Health and Wellness15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUR2402Healthy Ageing and Chronic Conditions15
NUM2409Adult Health Care 215
NPU2404Nursing Practice 415
NUM2410Mental Health and Wellbeing in Clinical Practice 215
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUR3503Nursing Children and Young People15
NUM3511Community Health Care in Nursing and Midwifery Practice 15
NPU3505Nursing Practice 515
NUR3504Transitioning to the Role of Registered Nurse15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUM3612Research and Teaching in Clinical Practice15
NPU3606Nursing Practice 615
NUR3605Nursing Leadership, Governance and Culture15
NUR3606Contemporary Issues in Nursing15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students are required to successfully complete 840 hours of clinical practice as part of the course. Placements are undertaken with a range of clinical partners as full-time clinical placements.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will undertake clinical practicum during the hours laid down by their host clinical agency. These full-time clinical blocks may occur at times outside the identified semester weeks. Additionally, pre-identified clinical practicum periods may change with minimal notice to students due to circumstances outside the control of the School.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    To be eligible to undertake clinical practice and fulfil their duty of care, students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of the course and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters, as appropriate. Risk management protocols include, but are not restricted to: International students on temporary visas are required to provide a Certificate of International Police Clearance where possible Certificate of National Police Clearance Department of Health (WA) Criminal Screening Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification, courses available via ECU provider Current Manual Handling Certification initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification, courses available via ECU provider Evidence of immunisation status as per the Australia Immunisation Handbook, more information at https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/ Tuberculosis screening (Evidence of QuantiFERON or Mantoux Test) MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months prior to enrolment; Working with Children Check, more information at www.workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au Due to the practical nature of the nursing and midwifery professions, there are inherent performance requirements applicable to this course that may impact upon the success of some potential students. Applicants and students with a disability or other issue likely to impact on their ability to perform in practice are encouraged to contact the Director, Undergraduate Nursing Studies to discuss the support and inherent requirements of this course

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required to practice in the profession.

    Graduates are entitled to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to practice as a registered nurse.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources using digital technologies to inform nursing practice.
  2. Anticipate and identify potential challenges and develop appropriate nursing strategies/solutions.
  3. Apply broad health knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical nursing situations.
  4. Critically analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex nursing practice.
  5. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  6. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional nursing practice in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia standards for practice.
  7. Demonstrate the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for registration.
  8. Independently communicate nursing knowledge, concepts and values clearly and coherently.
  9. Work collaboratively within the nursing team and with other health care professionals to ethically and effectively respond to diverse health care challenges.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

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Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $4,450 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $35,450 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

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  • Lachlan Graham

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    "The level of personal attention offered by SW staff is hard to beat"

    Nursing student Lachie came to ECU via UniPrep and is now fulfilling a dream by studying at university in the place he loves.

  • Rosebeth Kagoce

    Rosebeth Kagoce

    ECU Nursing and Midwifery graduate

    "ECU is renowned for offering the best nursing and midwifery courses that prepare students for the real world."

    I undertook placements in many clinical areas including maternity, Emergency Department (ED), Coronary Care Unit (CCU), and neonatal nursery which gave me the clinical experience needed to thrive in my career as a midwife.

    The course was flexible, and I was able to work part-time; study full-time with some classes online; and manage a young family.

    The lecturers were approachable, encouraging and very knowledgeable in the subjects they taught, and I also made some amazing lifelong friends who I now work with in the same industry and we chat and debrief all the time.

  • Emily James

    Emily James

    ECU Nursing student

    "I spoke to nurses within the industry and they knew ECU is an amazing place to study."

    The reputation, location, facilities, curriculum, and employment opportunities post-graduation made the decision easy for me to decide where to study nursing.

    The staff are passionate about nursing and extremely knowledgeable in their fields of expertise. They have been extremely approachable and more than willing to help.

    The course provides practicum placements where I can enhance the skills learnt in class, and simulation wards provide a real-life set up to practice in. It makes interactive learning motivating, and makes you feel like a nurse before you have officially become one.

    I work full time, so the convenience and flexibility of engaging with staff online is priceless to me, and I don’t have to reduce my working hours. I cannot recommend the amazing atmosphere more highly enough. I am so proud to be an ECU student.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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