From 28 November 2019 the admission requirements for English language and entry to the Bachelor of Nursing have changed. All applicants are now required to meet the standard set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The level of English required is outlined in a document on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website at https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/

Avondale University College is unable to make any further course offers for the Bachelor of Nursing unless the English language standard set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is met.

Bachelor of Nursing

Course Code 4030
CRICOS Code 057311C
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus

Location Avondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Avondale Campus - Sydney
Fee Support

CSP*

*for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au 

About


Avondale is renowned for its Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs), a highly practical degree that produces well informed and capable registered nurses. Avondale's main nursing campus, located on the grounds of the Sydney Adventist Hospital, offers state-of-the-art learning facilities, including a simulation centre, high-tech library, purpose-built furniture and affordable parking options. The first year of the degree is also available for study on Avondale's Lake Macquarie campus. Both campuses provide on-campus accommodation options for easy access and convenience. 

The course aims to develop high ethical standards, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and sound knowledge in a supportive and caring environment, to enable the provision of safe and competent care to patients. The course also offers a variety of clinical practice components, allowing students to gain experience within a diverse range of health care organisations, including the Sydney Adventist Hospital. The practical experience provides exceptional preparation for a career in nursing. 

There is high demand for registered nurses in the health care system in public, private and community settings. Opportunities for employment are diverse and span work in local, national and international environments. 

 


Career Opportunities


Nursing graduates leave with the skills to gain employment in a range of careers, including: 

  • Medical, surgical or critical care
  • Maternal or paediatric health
  • Mental health
  • Gynaecological/women's health
  • International hospitals and communities
  • Aged care and community health
  • Perioperative/operating theatre
  • Health related industries such as medical products and services
  • Education, administration and management.


As a registered nurse, the opportunity is yours to diversify into other health areas and/or specialise in a particular area. 

 


Admission Criteria


To be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing, you must qualify for admission. General admission is based on your academic background. There are also specific admissions requirements for this course.

GENERAL ADMISSION CRITERIA

General admission requirements are met by any of the following:
  1. Applicants with higher education study
    • Successful completion of at least one (1) semester (typically four (4) subjects) of a higher education degree/diploma; or
    • Successful completion of a bridging or enabling course, or other recognised tertiary preparation course; or
    • Successful completion of the first one (1) or two (2) semesters of the Diploma of General Studies
  2. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
    • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher. Trade certificates are not accepted.
  3. Applicants with work and life experience
    • Appropriate scores in both the uniTEST and the Tertiary Online Writing Assessment (TOWA); or
    • An appropriate score in both the Multiple Choice and the Written English Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).
  4. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
    • ATAR of 63.00*; or
    • OP of 15 or less; or
    • Satisfactory completion of Year 13 with NCEA Level 3 results, identifying University Entrance attainment; or
    • Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; or
    • Overseas secondary qualifications considered equivalent to Australian studies, as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

    *After adjustment factors have been applied

SPECIFIC ADMISSION CRITERIA

  • Inherent requirements sign-off
  • Written confirmation of: Country of birth and the country/countries where schooling from Year 7 through to Year 12 (or equivalent) was completed.

POST ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Student compliance for clinical placements^
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Working with children check

^Before a student can commence a clinical placement in a NSW Health facility, students must complete several mandatory requirements https://www.heti.nsw.gov.au/Placements-Scholarships-Grants/clinical-placements/student-compliance

For more information, visit the post-admission requirements for nursing students.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Overseas applicants will have their entry qualifications assessed in accordance with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy as well as the International Students Policy

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English, as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

Course Structure


Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus
Maximum time to complete: Eight years

The BNurs is composed of 24 units (144 credit points) of study over six semesters and includes a minimum of 800 hours of work place experience. The course includes study in numerous general and specialty nursing areas such as acute care (medical or surgical), maternal and child health, mental health, community, and aged care. Related material from the physical, biological and behavioural sciences is also integrated into the course to present a holistic perspective of nursing.

BACHELOR OF NURSING - STANDARD STRUCTURE

Unit Code

Course level

Unit Name

Campus Offered

Year 1 - Semester 1

Level 1

 

 

NURS10011

 

Applied Nursing Practice 1

LM or Syd Campus

NURS10013

 

Australian Society and Health

LM or Syd Campus

NURS10015

 

Foundations of Nursing

LM or Syd Campus

NUSC10057

 

Nursing Science 1

LM or Syd Campus

Year 1 - Semester 2

Level 2

 

 

NURS10012

 

Applied Nursing Practice 2

LM or Syd Campus

CSTD10014

 

Spiritual and Cultural Care 

LM or Syd Campus

NURS10018

 

Health Promotion

LM or Syd Campus

NUSC10058

 

Nursing Science 2

LM or Syd Campus

Year 2 - Semester 1

Level 3

 

 

NURS20023

 

Applied Nursing Practice 3

Syd Campus

NURS20027

 

Evidence for Nursing Practice

Syd Campus

NURS20025

 

Mental Health 1

Syd Campus

NURS20020

 

Ageing in Society

Syd Campus

Year 2 - Semester 2

Level 4

 

 

NURS20024

 

Applied Nursing Practice 4

Syd Campus

NURS20026

 

Mental Health 2

Syd Campus

NURS20028

 

Nursing in Community

Syd Campus

NURS20029

 

Family Health

Syd Campus

Year 3 - Semester 1

Level 5

 

 

NURS30035

 

Advanced Nursing Practice

Syd Campus

NURS30034

 

Clinical Elective

Syd Campus

NURS30031

 

Professional Nursing Roles 1

Syd Campus

NURS30037

 

Chronic Disease Management

Syd Campus

Year 3 - Semester 2

Level 6

 

 

NURS30036

 

High Dependency Nursing

Syd Campus

NURS30033

 

Professional Practice Transition

Syd Campus

NURS30032

 

Professional Nursing Roles 2

Syd Campus

NURS30038

 

Emerging Global Health Issues

Syd Campus

LM Campus = Lake Macquarie Campus                           Syd Campus = Sydney Campus


To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

Practical Experience


CLINICAL PLACEMENTS

From the second semester of the first year of the BNurs course, students will participate in compulsory clinical placements each semester. The content of each clinical unit is related to the areas being studied in corresponding theoretical units. Some clinical placements are provided in cooperation with the Sydney Adventist Hospital, but there are also many other placements available in local and regional hospitals, mental health facilities, paediatric units, and at aged care and community facilities.

In order to maximise clinical learning, there is a need for students to travel off campus and make their own way to various clinical learning venues.

To participate in clinical placements, students will need to comply with the NSW Health Vaccination policy and successfully complete a Fitness to Practice Declaration.

Clinical placements go for periods of a few days to four weeks at a time, with the course requiring the completion of a total of 800 hours of placement throughout the degree.

The following units have clinical placements or service requirements as part of the requirements to pass the units:

NURS10012 Applied Nursing Practice 2 - 80 hours

NURS20023 Applied Nursing Practice 3 - 80 hours

NURS20025 Mental Health 1 - 40 hours

NURS20020 Ageing in Society - 80 hours

NURS20024 Applied Nursing Practice 4 - 80 hours

NURS20026 Mental Health 2 - 80 hours

NURS20028 Nursing in Community - 40 hours (voluntary community service requirement)

NURS30035 Advanced Nursing Practice - 40 hours

NURS30034 Clinical Elective - 120 hours

NURS30036 High Dependency Nursing - 40 hours

NURS30033 Professional Practice Transition - 160 hours

 


Accreditation


The Bachelor of Nursing course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The Bachelor of Nursing course is also accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).


Registration and Self-Disclosure


The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requires educational institutions to register students upon commencement of the nursing degree.

Upon completion of the degree, graduates are eligible to apply for nurse registration in AHPRA which oversees the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBA). Due to mutual recognition legislation, registration may also be granted in New Zealand. Graduates will need to apply to AHPRA via the NMBA website to register as a registered nurse prior to employment as a nurse in Australia. This process includes the assessment of good character and review of criminal history for employment in Australia and overseas. There are also English language requirements for all applicants for registration. Applicants seeking registration as a nurse in a country other than Australia should ascertain the requirements for that country.

For current registration requirements, please visit www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au.

The process of nurse registration in Australia includes the disclosure of a criminal record or any significant medical conditions that can affect working as an Registered Nurse.


Where to get further information


Course Enquiries

Admissions

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: study@avondale.edu.au
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

Student Experience Survey

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

Fees

Commonwealth Supported Places and FEE-HELP available for eligible students. 


View current information on tuition fees

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Avondale students. View all scholarship information
.
http://www.avondale.edu.au/future-students/finance/scholarships/

 

Testimonials

"The things that we learnt in labs and the classes, we were able to apply in hospitals to real life patients."
- Nursing graduate.