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M40 Bachelor of Nursing

For Registered General and Registered Mental Health Nurses (Hospital Trained)


This course is designed to upgrade to a Bachelor of Nursing the qualifications of existing registered nurses with a hospital-based diploma or equivalent Tertiary diploma award. The course requires twelve months full-time study or part-time equivalent which should be completed within six years of initial enrolment.


The course is delivered Internationally and is also available online.  


Applicants must be currently registered nurses and show evidence of recent practice.

This course is available on Joondalup, and Bunbury Campuses.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following modes of delivery - On-campus, and Online.

External and Internal. Units are available in mixed mode.

The course consists of 120 credit points (eight units) of study comprising four core units and four electives.

NNI3204 Professional Issues in Nursing # 15
NMI2201 Ethics and Law in Midwifery and Nursing # 15
NST3208 Research for Health Practice 15
NST3207 Psychosocial Issues * 15
NST2105 Dimensions of Mental Health * 15
NNT3202 Theory Relating to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Care 15
NSP2211 Role Application in Nursing 15
NNI1101 Health Issues for the Elderly 15
NSP1103 Communication in Nursing 15
NSP2505 Nursing Practice International Conversion ** 15
Other electives:
NSP1204 Health Assessment in Nursing 15
SCH1143 Systems Physiology 15
SCH3236 Pharmacology 15
# Students seeking advanced standing must undertake these two units. Students eligible for advanced standing may apply for up to five (5) units of credit (75 credits).

*Registered mental health nurses may choose an alternative unit.

International students are required to undertake the recommended electives.

** This unit (Nursing Practice International Conversion) is for International onshore students who seek eligibility to registration with the Nurses Board of Western Australia. Students will enrol in this unit as their final unit in lieu of NNT3202.

International onshore students seeking eligibility to register with the Nurses Board of WA must also meet the following requirements:

1. Approval from the course coordinator
2. Completed an academic IELTS overall score of 7 with a minimum of 6.5 for listening&reading and 7 for speaking&writing, or an Occupational English Test (OET) with a B pass in each section&overall score of B.
3. Completed the School of Nursing, Midwifery&Postgraduate Medicine risk management protocol including vaccination schedule and MRSA screening.
4. Completed Manual Handling certification.
5. Completed a current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation certification.
6. Have a current police clearance, and
7. Achieved 100% pass in medication calculations using the prescribed CD ROM purchased from the ECU bookshop
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: 30/09/2006 VET: 30/09/2006