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Bachelor of Nursing

The Bachelor of Nursing is a professionally accredited degree that meets the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) qualification criterion for registration as a Division 1 nurse in Australia.

Key details

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Course Code
BNRSG, 085364B
Study Mode
Online, In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul

About this course

The Bachelor of Nursing is a professionally accredited degree that meets the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) qualification criterion for registration as a Division 1 nurse in Australia. Graduates are prepared to be safe, collaborative, articulate and ethical registered nurses that are responsive to local, national and regional health care needs and aware of emerging global health care trends. The course is offered in external and internal mode. Internal mode is only available at Casuarina Campus. Regardless of mode of enrolment, all students will be required to complete a full time on-campus simulation block at an approved CDU venue in each year of the course as preparation for clinical placement. Simulation blocks are offered at Casuarina, Alice Springs and Sydney campuses. CDU allocates places in simulation blocks and cannot guarantee a place at a specific venue. All costs associated with attendance at simulation blocks are a student responsibility. Students complete supervised clinical placements (880 hours in total) across the three years of the course in a variety of health care settings, including opportunities to participate in international study tours and exchanges that are in addition to the required 880 hours and at student's own cost. All students, regardless of study mode or pattern are required to complete clinical placement on a full time, rotating shift basis across a seven-day week, including night shifts, weekends and public holidays. CDU arranges all placements and cannot guarantee that placements will be arranged in the semester of enrolment or near a student's residential location. All costs associated with placement attendance are the student's responsibility. Non-acceptance of placement or placement arranged outside of semester of enrolment may impact on the ability of students to complete the Bachelor of Nursing within 3 years. There are inherent requirements for nursing. Inherent requirements are the essential abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve course learning outcomes and to be able to safely practice as a nurse.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements Admission requirements are met by one of the following: Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*. Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher. Successful completion of at least 0. 5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma. Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications. Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010). Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course. Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience. * After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied. Essential Requirements Criminal History Check: Students must provide a current National Police Check, Working with Children clearance and meet immunisation requirements to be able to commence placement. Host health facilities may have additional requirements. English Language Requirements All HE applicants are required to demonstrate the minimum English language proficiency requirements for their chosen course of study. These entry requirements will normally be met by undertaking previous education in an English speaking country or obtaining a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for student visa applications.

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