Courses & Units

Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours (Specialty) H4F

Distance Launceston

Introduction

This course is offered part-time only, over two years, or four semesters. The maximum time for completion is five years. The course is offered from Launceston, Hobart, Cradle Coast and interstate.

Please note that graduate programs are offered subject to student demand and the availability of School of Health Sciences resources.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours (Specialty)
Course Abbreviation BN ProfHons(Specialty)
Course Duration 2 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 5 Years
CRICOS code
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health

Intake

Locations

Location Semesters
Distance Launceston Semester 1, Semester 2

Objectives

The School of Health Sciences, in collaboration with cooperating Health Care Agencies, aims to create an educational environment which values critical, reflective thinking, life-long learning, acquisition of generic attributes and professional development.

While the Bachelor of Nursing Professional Honours specialties are diverse with course specific objectives, the generic program objectives are to:

  • enable students to work as registered nurses in specialised practice settings;
  • allow students to develop nursing knowledge and skills in their specialty;
  • enhance students' advanced critical thinking and clinical decision making in their specialty nursing discipline;
  • builds students' capacity to engage as clinical specialists through research and evidence based practice;
  • encourage student interest and engagement in the professional growth of their discipline, and
  • develop students' ability to communicate effectively with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Career Outcomes

Graduates may find employment in specialty areas including: acute care nursing, aged care nursing, anaesthetics and recovery nursing, cardiovascular nursing, child and family health nursing, clinical nursing and teaching, community health nursing, critical care nursing, emergency nursing, forensic nursing, general practice nursing, immigration nursing, mental health/psychiatric nursing, neonatal intensive care nursing, neuroscience nursing, oncology nursing, orthopaedic nursing, paediatric nursing, paediatric intensive care nursing, perioperative nursing, quality and safety, rehabilitation nursing, renal nursing, rural and remote nursing and special care of the newborn nursing. Graduates are able to further their career development by progressing to a Master of Clinical Nursing or a research Master of Nursing.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours (Specialty) will be given the same professional recognition from specialist colleges and other nursing organisations and bodies that the Graduate Certificate in Nursing and the Graduate Diploma of Nursing receive.

Prerequisites

An applicant must: [i] be a registered nurse in Australia, or [ii] if an overseas applicant, have had his/her nursing qualifications assessed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and be eligible for registration in Australia, and normally have had at least six months of full-time experience in relevant nursing practice within the last two years (or equivalent); [iii] hold an undergraduate degree in nursing with a grade point average of at least a credit (or equivalent); or [iv] have qualifications or experience deemed to be the equivalent of one of the above.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

Students enrolled in specialisations which include clinical placements must demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health and the School of Health Sciences policies relevant to workplace based learning. For current information on Professional Experience Placement requirements please follow the link below:


http://www.utas.edu.au/nursing-midwifery/professional-experience-program

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

The Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours (Specialty) articulates directly with the Master of Clinical Nursing. The course is not designed to articulate with the research Master of Nursing.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 2

  • CNA613Project Management for Health Professionals

    Project Management for Health Professionals provides students with the foundational knowledge required to appreciate and implement practical approaches to project management in health sciences. Students will extend their skills in incorporating research evidence into health care practice through developing skills…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA672Research for Clinical Practice A

    This unit provides you with the foundational knowledge required to appreciate the role of research in clinical practice. The unit aims to deepen appreciation of the importance of research utilisation and evidence-based practice in the provision of quality patient, woman…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA688Research for Clinical Practice B

    This unit is designed to support you in developing a research plan around a clinical topic of interest to you. You will be able to developresearch questions for your topic of interest by building on current knowledge andlink these to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Plus Any Health Studies elective unit 12.5%.
  • Postgraduate Nursing Health Studies Elective Units

  • CNA109Health Special Interest Project

    The student will select a topic of special interest that relates to their clinical practice in a health care setting. The topic will be negotiated with the lecturer and a learning contract developed.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA505Living Rough: Health and Homelessness

    This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the connections between homeless families with young children and homeless youth from a local and a global perspective. The unit provides a broad overview of the issues involved…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA507Introduction to Wound Management

    This unit is designed to assist registered nurses and midwives to extend their knowledge and skills in the area of wound care. The unit will provide students with the theoretical foundation to enable them to apply an evidence-based framework to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA509Assessment and Management of Pain

    This unit will enhance students' understanding of the aetiology and pathophysiology of pain and equip them with the skills to accurately assess acute, chronic and cancer pain. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions will be explored as part of the development of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA512Oncology Nursing 2

    This unit is designed to present an integrative approach to identifying and managing the symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment throughout the disease continuum. The palliative care component will concentrate on holistic aspects related to physical, psychosocial and spiritual issues…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA520Cardiovascular Nursing 3

    This unit focuses on understanding the theoretical principles of caring for the person experiencing acute or chronic cardiac, cardiovascular or thoracic conditions. Students will apply their understanding of the pathophysiological nature of disease states, including clinical diagnostics, with a particular…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA522Cultural Aspects of Immigration Health

    This unit focuses on the health of new immigrants to Australia and the role of the nurse as advocate. The unit is divided into two themes. Theme One provides an overview of the social model of health in Australia. It…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA523Contemporary Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Theory

    This unit focuses on exploring the science of neonatology and examines the theoretical basis of pathophysiology, therapeutic intervention and evidence based practice fundamentals that are essential to understanding the complex and critically ill newborn infant and the growing premature infant.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA530Special Care of the Newborn Theory

    This unit focuses on exploring the science of neonatology and examines the theoretical basis of pathophysiology, therapeutic intervention and evidence based practice fundamentals that are essential to understanding the complex and critically ill newborn infant and the growing premature infant.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA533Advanced Health Assessment

    This unit will enable nurses to develop knowledge and skill in the assessment of patients and their families. Theoretical underpinnings are based on the universal assessment process leading into advanced assessment techniques and skills. Students will adapt the advanced health…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA601Nurses & Conflict: War Experiences

    This unit will introduce students to the experiences of nurses in past violent conflicts. The unit is divided into two modules. Module 1 explores the war experiences of nurses in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the Crimean, American…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA603Context of Diabetes Mellitus

    Among the populations nurses engage with will be an increasingly significant proportion of people who may develop diabetes, live with diabetes or present with an acute or chronic complication of diabetes. This unit examines the aetiology, pathogenesis and determinants of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA604Diabetes Mellitus Nursing: interventions and outcomes

    In this unit students will develop knowledge and skills in conducting a comprehensive assessment for populations and clients at risk of developing diabetes mellitus or living with the condition. Students will undertake responsive evidence based nursing interventions. In addition, students…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA605Respiratory Nursing: Improving self-management for clients

    There are a significant number of people whose lives are affected by their chronic respiratory disease. This unit examines the incidence of respiratory disease in Australia and, particularly, focuses on the experience of people with early stage and chronic respiratory…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA606Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Nursing

    In this unit students will study the phases of cardiac rehabilitation nursing through exploration of contemporary literature and practices. Students will examine and apply educational, behavioural and counselling strategies required to assist individuals achieve optimal physical and psychosocial functional levels…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA607Foundations of Transfusion Nursing

    This unit aims to extend registered nurses' understanding of transfusion of fresh and fractionated blood products. The transfusion process from sample collection through the basics of blood bank testing and cross-matching, and into transfusion administration will be covered, including valid…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA618Trauma Nursing

    This unit is underpinned by the theories and the practice of trauma nursing. The kinematics of trauma, patterns and mechanisms of injury, common trauma presentations and physiological response to trauma across the age spectrum will be examined. Students will extend…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA626High Dependency Nursing

    This unit focuses on the nursing care of patients with high dependency needs in a variety of clinical settings. Students will advance their understanding of high dependency nursing through the application of advanced assessment and physiological monitoring skills. Content examines…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA632Learning and Teaching in Healthcare Settings

    This unit consists of three modules.The first module introduces students to the core principal and theories of learning and teaching. Moduletwo enhances students' skills by exploring methods of teaching, and adapting teaching to a wide range of audiences and working…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA688Research for Clinical Practice B

    This unit is designed to support you in developing a research plan around a clinical topic of interest to you. You will be able to developresearch questions for your topic of interest by building on current knowledge andlink these to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA699Applied Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

    This unit will provide students with the opportunity to apply theories of teaching and learning in simulated as well as health care settings. Knowledge and skills will be further developed through examining practical issues related to assessing learners as well…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA727Immunisation Education for Registered Nurses

    This unit aims to provide registered nurses with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience required to apply for initial approval as an authorised nurse immuniser in Tasmania. The unit content has been developed in accordance with the National Guidelines for…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA728Food, Culture and Health

    Consists of four individual modules that together provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the connections between food, culture and health from a global perspective. The unit provides a broad overview of many of the current debates…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA729Violence and Health

    The purpose of this unit is to provide you with an introduction to the issue of violence in society and how it can relate to you in your healthcare agency. Violence will be examined within international, national and local contexts,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA738Biological Therapies in Mental Health Care

    Provides students with an overview of neurobiological concepts. Subjects covered include: neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and drug receptors as the basis of action of all drugs. The mechanisms by which drug treatment may restore CNS (Central Nervous System) imbalance are examined. Classes…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA739Psychological Therapies in Mental Health Care

    This unit introduces students to psychological therapies used in mental health settings, either as stand-alone interventions or in combination with pharmacological interventions. The unit's major focus addresses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) principles, resources and practical skills specific to the management…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA783The Politics of Acute Nursing

    This unit explores the context of acute care nursing within hospital and community settings. Students will examine the politics of power in nursing and the wider health arena. Specific areas include legal and ethical issues; career pathways; patient acuity; retention…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CRH500Introduction to Health Informatics

    Considers the increasing impact of technology in contemporary society with a particular focus on health services. The unit explores some current applications of health informatics and identifies a number of issues associated with the use of technology in health care.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KHA501Counselling Skills 1

    This unit examinesstyles of counselling with integration of theories of counselling with its practice. This unit teaches both basic skills in counselling and more advanced skills necessary in more complex counselling situations. Multicultural counselling will also be addressed.On successful completion…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KHA502Counselling Skills 2

    This unit covers the skills needed for the various components of the counselling process and builds on the skills acquired in Counselling Skills 1, including further exploration of the 3 Steps Egan model. Students are required to demonstrate they have…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KHA505Counselling Ethics And Practice

    In this unit participants develop and clarify their awareness and thinking around ethical and practice dilemmas within professional counselling practice. Emphasis will be placed on the development of personal standards of practice and on the acquisition and application of decision-making…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KHA507Adjustment To Change

    This unit explores both current thinking around dealing with life issues of adjustment to change - particularly those changes involving loss, grief and trauma. Death and bereavement will be addressed including dealing with grief as a natural process and with…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KHA608Medical Rehabilitation and Health Counselling

    The unit covers the causes and consequences of reduction of functioning following injury and illness. Emphasis is placed on practical skills related to the rehabilitation and health counselling process. Issues associated with intellectual disability are also considered with emphasis on…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KHA614Theories of Counselling

    Introduces students to a wide variety of counselling theories as well as the concepts of efficacy in counselling. Requires comprehensive analysis of various counselling theories including: Cognitive, Behavioural, Person-centred, Behavioural, Psychodynamic,Narrative, Solution-focused , Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KHA689Assessment in Counselling

    This unit focuses on the use of assessment techniques in the counselling and rehabilitation counselling setting. Students will learn the principles of assessment and gain knowledge in test selection and test use. Skill development forms the major focus of this…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA423Introduction to Quality Health Services

    Students completing this unit will have acquired knowledge of existing health service models, the internal and external factors that influence the delivery of quality services, and the best-practice models for quality service design.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CNA424Evaluating Quality

    Students completing this unit will have acquired knowledge of existing health service models; the internal and external factors that influence the delivery of quality services, and the best-practice models for quality service design.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • 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


    Entry

    1 To qualify for admission, a candidate for the Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours (Specialty) must:

    [i] Be registered to practise as a nurse in Australia  with no restrictions on practising/registration certificate;

    [ii] Have at least one year's FTE as a registered nurse, and

    [iii] Have completed a Bachelor of Nursing or its equivalent.

    2 A candidate shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, normally in not less than two years of part-time study (or not more than five years of part-time study), from the time of first enrolment.

    Course structure

    3 To qualify for the degree, a candidate shall pass eight 12.5% units (or equivalent) specified in the Schedule accompanying these specifications.

    4 [i] Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites and as summarised in the Schedule.

    [ii] A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 50% weighting.

    [iii] Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

    [iv] In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

    5 A candidate entering clinical practice in a clinical agency shall observe the rules, regulations, policies, protocols, procedures and by-laws of that clinical agency.

    Credit for previous studies

    6 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, the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.

    Miscellaneous

    7 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.

    8 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2012 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

    9 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours (Specialty) shall be BNProfHons(Specialty).