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M14 Bachelor of Nursing

The Bachelor of Nursing is a course of three years’ full-time or equivalent part-time duration which prepares students to be registered with the Nurses’ Board of Western Australia. It provides a comprehensive knowledge base to enable the graduate to act independently as well as interdependently with health professionals; and to serve as a positive role model in society. The graduate will be a comprehensive practitioner who has professional competence, and who is responsible, accountable, empathetic and willing to participate in professional activities.


The course comprises five broad streams of study:


Nursing Issues

Nursing Practice

Nursing Science/Health Science

Nursing Studies

Nursing Theory


The program relies on the goodwill of health agencies for the provision of clinical experience. Therefore, prospective students should clearly understand that, under normal circumstances, they will be required to attend during the hours laid down by the clinical agency and that these may occur at times outside the identified semester weeks. Additionally, pre-identified clinical practice periods may change with minimal notice to students due to circumstances outside the control of the School. Where the student has failed the same nursing practice unit twice, the student shall be excluded from the course.



The course is available by full-time or part-time study on Churchlands campus and at the South West campus (Bunbury).




Standard admission requirements plus satisfactory performance in a TEE Science subject.

Applicants who are registered mental health nurses will be considered for direct admission in the Bachelor of Nursing and are eligible for advanced standing.

Applicants in possession of enrolled nurse status will be considered for direct admission into the Bachelor of Nursing course if sufficient places are available and are eligible for advanced standing. Details are available for the School of Nursing and Public health.

Applicants are expected to have computer word processing skills.

To fulfill duty of care responsibilities, a Risk Management form is to be completed on enrolment and amended in subsequent semesters as appropriate. Part of the risk management includes:

Statement of Federal Police Clearance on enrolment;

Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification prior to commencement of the course, plus

certification must be renewed annually – CPR courses are offered on campus;

Evidence of immunisation schedule as per the Department of Health; plus

Evidence of immunity against Hepatitis B, rubella, varicella and Mantoux testing for TB; and

MRSA clearance if hospitalised or worked outside of WA in 12 months prior to enrolment.



This three year full-time or equivalent part-time course comprises twenty four units of study: eighteen Theory units, and six Practicum units. Normally students will be expected to:


(a) complete all stage 1,2 and 3 theory and practicum units before progressing to units in subsequent years.

(b) complete the course within six years of initial enrolment.


Normal student progression is described as follows:

Semester 1
NNT1103 Cultural Perspective within Nursing and Health 15
NSP1103 Communication in Nursing 15
NST1103 Psychosocial Nursing: A Life Span Approach 15
SCN1103 Anatomy and Physiology with Applied Biophysics/Biochemistry 1 15
Semester 2
NNI1101 Health Issues for the Elderly 15
NNT1204 Theories and Principles Relating to Nursing Care 15
NSP1204 Health Assessment in Nursing 15
SCN1104 Anatomy and Physiology with Applied Biophysics/Biochemistry 2 15
Semester 1
NNS2205 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 15
NNT2205 Principles of the Individual's Adaptation to Altered Health Status 1 15
NSP2207 Developing Competencies in Holistic Nursing Care * 15
NST2105 Dimensions of Mental Health 15
Semester 2
NMI2201 Ethics and Law in Midwifery and Nursing 15
NNS2106 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 15
NNT2206 Principles of the Individual's Adaptation to Altered Health Status 2 15
NSP2206 Advancing Competencies in Holistic Nursing Care * 15
Semester 1
NMS3201 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 15
NNT3201 Principles of the Individual's Adaptation to Altered Health Status 3 15
NSP3202 Proficient Holistic Nursing Care (Specialty) * 15
NST3208 Research for Health Practice 15
Semester 2
NNI3204 Professional Issues in Nursing 15
NNT3202 Theory Relating to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Care 15
NSP3201 Practice Across Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Care * 15
NST3207 Psychosocial Issues 15
*Approximate hours/week: variable patterns each semester, e.g. 2 week block.

NSP3201 allows students to select a clinical elective of 200 hours (5 weeks) within the semester in a field in which they wish to work following graduation.

Medication Calculations
The School of Nursing and Public Health requires medical calculation tests to be taken by students in stage 2-6 of the program. As a requirement of the NBWA students must attain 100% pass in the final semester medical calculations test prior to graduation.
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 18/11/2004