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K45 Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) is a three year full-time or equivalent part-time course that prepares students to be registered with the Nurses Board of Western Australia. It provides a broad knowledge and skills base that will enable the graduate to act independently as well as interdependently within the health care context. The graduate will practice as a comprehensive registered nurse 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 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.


Standard University admission requirements apply.


International students are required to have an academic IELTS overall score of 6.5, with no individual band below 6.5.


Applicants who are registered mental health nurses will be considered for direct admission into the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) course and are eligible for advanced standing.


Applicants in possession of enrolled nurse status will be considered for direct admission into the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) course and are eligible for advanced standing. Details are available from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine.


Applicants are required to have computer word processing skills. Students studying online units are expected to have access to a computer and modem. Shared facilities are available on campus.


To be able to undertake clinical practice and fulfil their duty of care, students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of the course and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters as appropriate. Risk management protocols include, but are not restricted to:

  • Statement of Federal Police Clearance;
  • Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification – courses available via ECU provider;
  • Current Manual Handling Certification - initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification - courses available via ECU provider;
  • Evidence of immunisation status as per the Department of Health schedule
  • MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months prior to enrolment;
  • Working with Children Check


Students who fail a clinical rotation as part of a nursing practice unit must be aware that the agency providing the subsequent rotation will be informed of the failure as part of standard risk management procedure.  Students will be required to accept this as a condition of their enrolment. Where the student has failed two nursing practice units, the student shall be excluded from the course.


In order for students to gain eligibility to register with the Nurses Board of Western Australia, students will be required to:

  • Purchase a Nursing Calculations CD ROM in order to undertake self-paced assessments and, by Stage 5, to achieve 100% pass under examination conditions. This examination must be passed within six months prior to course completion. 
  • Undertake their final semester (Stage 6) continuous practice within six months prior to course completion. 
  • Refer to the policy for English Language minimum requirements for registration as a nurse in Western Australia. For further information please see the Nurses' Board of Western Australia Website
This course is available on Joondalup, and Bunbury Campuses.

Students who gain a place in the South West Campus are required to complete their program on the same campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

This three year full-time or equivalent part-time course comprises 24 units of study (360 credit points). 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
SCN1105 Biological Science in Nursing 1 15
NST1103 Psychosocial Nursing: A Life Span Approach 15
NNT1106 Foundations of Nursing: Social, Indigenous and Cultural Perspectives 15
NSP1103 Communication in Nursing 15
or (Bunbury Campus only)
RPS1100 Communication for the Professions 15
Semester 2
NNI1102 Health and Health Challenges for Older Adults 15
SCN1106 Biological Science in Nursing 2 15
NSP1204 Health Assessment in Nursing 15
NNT1204 Theories and Principles Relating to Nursing Care 15
Semester 1
NNS2205 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 15
NST2106 Mental Health Problems and Disorders 15
NSP2208 Beginning Nursing Competencies * 15
NNT2205 Principles of the Individual's Adaptation to Altered Health Status 1 15
Semester 2
NNI2202 Ethics and Law in Nursing 15
NNS2106 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 15
NSP2209 Developing Nursing Competencies * 15
NNT2206 Principles of the Individual's Adaptation to Altered Health Status 2 15
Semester 1
NMS3201 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 15
NST3209 Evidence Based Practice in Health Care 15
NSP3200 Advanced Nursing Competencies * 15
NNT3201 Principles of the Individual's Adaptation to Altered Health Status 3 15
Semester 2
NNI3204 Professional Issues in Nursing 15
NST3210 Contemporary Nursing in Indigenous and Population Health 15
NSP3201 Practice Across Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Care * 15
NNT3202 Theory Relating to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Care 15
* Variable patterns of clinical practice each semester, e.g. 2 week block.

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: 31/03/2008 VET: 31/03/2008