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Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing (BNUR)

Start

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Flexibility

  • On-campus, Distance

Campus

  • Fraser Coast
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba

Duration

  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Units

  • 24 units

Approximate annual fees

  • Commonwealth supported
    AUD 6642
  • Domestic full fee paying
    AUD 17700

Bachelor of Nursing (BNUR) - CRICOS: 017703G

Start

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Flexibility

  • On-campus, Distance

Campus

  • Fraser Coast
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba

Duration

  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Units

  • 24 units

Approximate annual fees

  • On-campus
    AUD 22235

Embark on a flexible and fulfilling career in nursing

The Bachelor of Nursing degree prepares you for the nursing profession as a registered nurse through a combination of coursework, clinical simulation in well-resourced on-campus nursing laboratories and quality clinical experience in a wide variety of health care settings.

Almost 50 percent of the program is devoted to clinical practice within simulated on-campus labs or in health care settings, including large metropolitan  hospitals, mental health services, regional health care services, aged care settings, community health services, specialty clinics and rehabilitation centres.

You will gain practical skills in addition to a comprehensive theoretical body of knowledge and the development of a full range of clinical and interpersonal skills needed to function as an effective practitioner.

Fast track your study  

Our Bachelor of Nursing is the only degree in Queensland that offers an accelerated option that enables students who start in Semester 1 to study over summer and finish the six semesters of the program in two years.

Study externally

A flexible delivery option is available to eligible students, which allows the on-campus component to be studied in intensive residential schools each semester, combined with online delivery and face-to-face clinical experience.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing you will have the skills required to work as a Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse or Nurse Unit Manager in a multitude of settings in Australia or overseas including public and private hospitals, community health, mental health, aged care,  home health care, indigenous health, occupational health, rural practice and overseas nursing.

This program is also a pathway to graduate-entry midwifery and mental health programs and other specialties within nursing and health care.

The Bachelor of Nursing at USQ is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and is listed as an approved program with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulating Authority (AHPRA).

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Entry requirements
  • Year 12 English (4 SA) or equivalent
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Multi-strand Science is recommended
  • Mathematics knowledge is also recommended

English Language Requirements

Domestic and international students from a non-English speaking background are required to satisfy English Language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

OP/Rank

The 2014 OP/Rank for this program is: 15/67

How to apply

QTAC codes

  • Ipswich: 936392
  • Distance: 906395
  • Fraser Coast: 916392
  • Ipswich: 936392
  • Toowoomba: 906392

Domestic students (Australian and New Zealand) apply to QTAC or can apply directly to USQ depending on your circumstance.

Notes:

  • Only the first year of the Bachelor of Nursing is available on-campus at Ipswich in 2015
  • The fast track option is only available to students starting in Semester 1.
  • Limited places are available for domestic students entering in first year second semester to undertake the external (distance education) options within the program.
Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2015 - applications close Thursday 26 February 2015
  • Semester 2, 2015 - applications close Thursday 16 July 2015.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Alternate pathways to university study
A number of other pathways are also available if you haven’t been able to study previously or don’t meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.

How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study in this program are:
Loan to help pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Clinical experience

Clinical courses will incur some additional costs, including uniform and equipment, transport to and from venues and, in some instances, living expenses, particularly for placements in rural and remote settings. Clinical placements that USQ can offer are dependent on availability and locality of those placements. For students studying in the External program or the on-campus program, these may occur away from the student’s geographical location.

Disclaimer

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2015 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. The rate is calculated on the basis of a full time year of study (8 units of study). Fees may vary as they are reviewed annually.


Clinical experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken. 

Please note: the courses listed below are a sample only and current students should consult the USQ Handbook for their recommended enrolment patterns.
Program structure

Courses to be studied  Units
Core courses 24
inc 840 hours clinical experience
Total 24 

Course codeCourse name
Core Courses:
BIO1203Human Anatomy and Physiology
CMS1008Building Professional Nursing Attributes A1
MAT1008Building Professional Nursing Attributes B1
NSC1500Biophysical Sciences in Nursing
NSC2500Pharmacology and Pathophysiology for Nurses
NUR1099Professional Nursing for Older People
NUR1120Social Determinants of Health
NUR1140Responsible Nursing Practice
NUR1200Concepts in Patient Care
NUR2000Medications: Theory and Practice
NUR2100Episodes of Nursing Practice
NUR2199Clinical AA Situated Practice
NUR2200Mental Health Nursing Care
NUR2300Research Methods for Nursing
NUR2400Nursing Models of Care
NUR2499Clinical B: Nursing Care in Context2
NUR2800Simulated Practice
NUR3010Rehabilitation in Community Settings
NUR3020Transition to Professional Practice
NUR3030Indigenous Health and Cross Cultural Care
NUR3099Clinical D: Nursing for Communities2
NUR3120Nurses as Leaders in Health Care Settings
NUR3200Managing Complex Care
NUR3499Clinical E: The Beginning Practitioner2
NUR3599Clinical C: Nursing Care for Mental Health2
Footnotes

1 This course is worth 0.5 unit.

2 Quotas exist for clinical courses. Enrolment is Semester 3 clinical courses is with permission only and preference is given to students finishing with the Accelerated Progression.

International entry requirements

English Language Requirements

Domestic and international students from a non-English speaking background are required to satisfy English Language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Pre-requisites

Year 12 Senior Certificate or equivalent from a recognised institution. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.

  • Year 12 English (4 SA) or equivalent
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Multi-strand Science is recommended
  • Mathematics knowledge is also recommended
International how to apply

CRICOS code: 017703G

Note:

  • International students are not able to study this program via distance education or fast-track their degree.
  • The on-campus offering at Ipswich is currently not open to International students.
Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1 - 2 March 2015
  • Semester 2 - 20 July 2015
International credit for previous study or work experience
If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for credit to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.
International alternate pathways to university study
Pathway programs are also available if you don’t meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study in this program:
  • On-campus : AUD 22235
Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Clinical experience
Clinical courses will incur some additional costs, including uniform and equipment, transport to and from venues and, in some instances, living expenses, particularly for placements in rural and remote settings. Clinical placements that USQ can offer are dependent on availability and locality of those placements. For students studying in the External program or the on-campus program, these may occur away from the student’s geographical location.
Disclaimer

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2015 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. The rate is calculated on the basis of a full time year of study (8 units of study). Fees may vary as they are reviewed annually.


Clinical experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken. 

Please note: the courses listed below are a sample only and current students should consult the USQ Handbook for their recommended enrolment patterns.
Program structure

Courses to be studied  Units
Core courses 24
inc 840 hours clinical experience
Total 24 

Course codeCourse name
Core Courses:
BIO1203Human Anatomy and Physiology
CMS1008Building Professional Nursing Attributes A1
MAT1008Building Professional Nursing Attributes B1
NSC1500Biophysical Sciences in Nursing
NSC2500Pharmacology and Pathophysiology for Nurses
NUR1099Professional Nursing for Older People
NUR1120Social Determinants of Health
NUR1140Responsible Nursing Practice
NUR1200Concepts in Patient Care
NUR2000Medications: Theory and Practice
NUR2100Episodes of Nursing Practice
NUR2199Clinical AA Situated Practice
NUR2200Mental Health Nursing Care
NUR2300Research Methods for Nursing
NUR2400Nursing Models of Care
NUR2499Clinical B: Nursing Care in Context2
NUR2800Simulated Practice
NUR3010Rehabilitation in Community Settings
NUR3020Transition to Professional Practice
NUR3030Indigenous Health and Cross Cultural Care
NUR3099Clinical D: Nursing for Communities2
NUR3120Nurses as Leaders in Health Care Settings
NUR3200Managing Complex Care
NUR3499Clinical E: The Beginning Practitioner2
NUR3599Clinical C: Nursing Care for Mental Health2
Footnotes

1 This course is worth 0.5 unit.

2 Quotas exist for clinical courses. Enrolment is Semester 3 clinical courses is with permission only and preference is given to students finishing with the Accelerated Progression.