Courses & Units

Bachelor of Nursing H3D

Launceston

Introduction

The Bachelor of Nursing course H3D in Launceston is offered in three years full time.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Nursing
Course Abbreviation BN
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 001680G
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Launceston Semester 1

Contact

 Faculty Officer, School of Health Sciences

Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing will embody the UTAS graduate attributes and are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for competent practice in a range of health care settings as documented in the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse (ANMC, 2006);
  • function in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia(ANMC, 2008), the Code of Ethics for Nurses in Australia (ANMC, 2008), principles of social justice and cultural safety;
  • demonstrate an innovative, flexible, and self-directed commitment to the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health, and to the prevention of disease across the lifespan;
  • employ critical, analytical and reflective abilities within their nursing practice;
  • understand the importance of lifelong learning within professional practice;
  • function as part of a multidisciplinary health care team by demonstrating the ability to consult and refer according to the National Framework for the Development of Decision-making Tools for Nursing and Midwifery Practice (ANMC, 2007);
  • incorporate their understanding of contemporary local and national health care priorities, including chronic disease self-management, integrated care models, mental health reforms, quality and safety management and workforce reforms into nursing practice; and
  • employ a range of technologies to enhance their professional development and support the health care they are providing.

Career Outcomes

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a nurse with the national regulatory authority.

There are employment opportunities in many diverse healthcare settings for Registered Nurses.

Graduates are able to pursue postgraduate opportunities in Nursing or other related disciplines.

Professional Recognition

The University of Tasmania provides an accredited course from which graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a nurse in Australia.

If you are intending to apply for registration as a nurse in another country you must meet the requirements stipulated by nursing councils, licensing boards or colleges. Therefore, you should contact the registration authority in the county in which you wish to register to determine the requirements.

Additional Information

Students undertaking the - BN, may be required to undertake Professional Experience Placement in the southern, northern or north-western region of Tasmania depending on clinical placement availability. There are restricted numbers of clinical placements in all regions and students may be required to relocate to undertake professional experience.

Academic progress

Progression from year to year depends on satisfactory completion of the relevant units outlined in the schedule. Students who fail one unit or more in any semester will have their pathway reviewed by the School and must enrol in the stipulated pathway.

Work Placement

Theoretical studies are held on site and on line at each campus and students undertake professional experience in health care centres, including rural and community, throughout Tasmania and NSW . Costs associated with travel, accommodation and uniforms are met by students. Please note that students are allocated to Professional Experience Placements subject to their availability and students may be required to travel and relocate.

Prerequisites

Pre-Registration: University admission. In addition, suggested TCE subjects are English, Science and Humanities.

Student Registration Requirements All students enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program are required, under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Students who do not meet registration criteria and are refused registration by the Board, or who have their registration rescinded during the program, will be withdrawn from the course.

For current information on Student Registration requirements please follow the link below;http://www.utas.edu.au/nursing-midwifery/professional-experience-program/student-regulatory-compliance2


Professional Experience Placement Requirements

SAFETY IN PRACTICE COMPLIANCE

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health  Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The only exception is the Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students may articulate from the Bachelor of Nursing to the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours, Bachelor of Nursing with Clinical Honours (Transition to Practice) or to the BN Professional Honours (specialisation), Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma in Nursing after six months post registration experience.

The course structures are outlined in the Bachelor of Nursing schedule A.


Modes of Delivery
Theoretical studies are held on site and on line at each campus and students undertake professional experience in health care centres, including rural and community, throughout Tasmania and NSW . Costs associated with travel, accommodation and uniforms are met by students. Please note that students are allocated to Professional Experience Placements subject to their availability and students may be required to travel and relocate.

Course Structure

Schedule A

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


1 In these specifications 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Health Science.

Entry

2 Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing with no previous nursing qualifications shall be qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.

3 Candidates with no previous nursing experience who undertake the three year program for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three separate years (or equivalent) of full-time study and not more than six years, from the time of first enrolment. Candidates with no previous nursing experience who undertake the two year fast track program for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two separate years (or equivalent) of full-time study and not more than four years, from the time of first enrolment. The course is offered on a full-time basis to candidates with no previous nursing qualifications. Continuing students in special circumstances may be permitted to undertake part-time study.

4 Candidates with previous nursing qualifications may be eligible for advanced standing but will be admitted to the degree only on submission of the relevant documentation.

5 For candidates with previous nursing qualifications who are admitted with advanced standing, the maximum allowable completion time will be calculated on a pro rata basis. They will be notified on admission to the course of their maximum completion time.

6 Candidates who are Enrolled Nurses are required to submit a current Tasmanian practising certificate with evidence that they are medication endorsed with the Nursing Board of Tasmania.

Course structure

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  1. To qualify for the degree, candidates with no previous nursing qualifications shall pass all units prescribed in Schedules A or B.
  2. For candidates with no previous nursing qualifications the units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Faculty, be in accordance with Schedules A or B.
  3. Candidates for the degree must complete the practice units CNA315 Acute Care Nursing and CNA316 Community and Mental Health Nursing Practice within the final two consecutive years of study in order to be eligible to graduate.

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  1. Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty and as summarised in Schedules A or B.
  2. A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting or, if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester, more than 50% weighting.
  3. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
  4. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Faculty.

9 Candidates entering clinical practice in a clinical agency shall observe the rules, regulations, policies, protocols, procedures and by-laws of that clinical agency and comply with University Workplace Learning policies. Students in courses offered by the School of Nursing & Midwifery that have compulsory clinical components must apply for a National Police History Record check (NPHRC), in order to be placed in health care agencies. The NPHRC must be completed before a student can attend any clinical placement.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will require all students to acknowledge their understanding and acceptance of the Faculty of Health Science Infectious Diseases Policy at the time of or as soon as practicable after enrolment. Students will be required to sign a declaration that states they have both read and understood the policy and recognise their rights and responsibilities under the policy, and return the signed declaration to the School by the date stipulated .

Credit for previous studies

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  1. Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.
  2. Candidates for Schedule E with previous nursing qualifications must hold a current Tasmanian practising certificate and be medication ensorsed with the Nursing Board of Tasmania and must also have completed six months full-time work or 12 months part-time work prior to admission to the course to be eligible for advanced standing as follows:
    1. Enrolled Nurses shall be granted one year advanced standing and shall undertake the units as outlined in Schedule E. They shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two years of full-time study (or its part-time equivalent) and not more than four years of full-time study (or its part-time equivalent) from the time of first enrolment in the course.
    2. Overseas applicants must have their nursing qualifications and work experience assessed by the Faculty prior to admission to the BN.
  3. Candidates with advanced standing applying for additional credit shall normally only be given up to 25% credit of the relevant Schedule.

11 Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty and as summarised in Schedules A, B, or E. Miscellaneous

12 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

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  1. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2005 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Bachelor of Nursing prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards the degree by that date.

14 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing shall be BN.