Bachelor of Nursing

Approved Abbreviation: BN

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4642.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041099M

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2009 or later.

Commencement Year 2007, 2008 - 4642.1 - Bachelor of Nursing

This course prepares graduates for eligibility to apply for registration throughout Australia as beginning professional generalist registered nurses. The focus of the course is on inquiry-based learning, critical thinking and reflective practice in relation to the theory and practice of nursing in health and health breakdown across the lifespan. Students study application of physical and behavioural sciences to nursing; inquiry and evidence-based practice principles and utilisation within nursing; nursing care of individuals, families and groups from diverse backgrounds across the lifespan. The acquisition of nursing knowledge and skills occurs initially in campus-based simulated clinical practice settings and consolidation occurs as students undertake clinical placements in a variety of health care settings. Prospective students should be aware that full disclosure of any issues of impairment or misconduct is a declaration requirement when applying for registration as a registered nurse.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. A reduced load is possible in consultation with Director of Academic Program.

Advanced standing

Prospective students holding the Enrolled Nurses Certificate Level IV or Advanced Certificate with Medication Administration Module will be granted automatic entry to the B Nursing. In recognition of their TAFE studies and professional experience, this group will be granted advanced standing in the following units:

  • Elective (unspecified 10 credit points)
  • Nursing for Health and Wellbeing
  • Understanding Good Health
  • Behavioural Foundations for Nursing Practice

The Bachelor of Nursing has accreditation and approval from the Nurses and Midwives Board NSW. From 1 July 2010 the approval, recognition and accreditation of courses has been transferred to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Course accreditation can be checked on their website. Http:// Please note: from 1 July 2010 practitioners applying for registration as a nurse or midwife for the first time in Australia are required to demonstrate English language proficiency as specified by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). These requirements include: a) the IELTS examination (academic module) with a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking); or b) completion and an overall pass in the Occupational English Test (OET) with grades A or B only in each of the four components. For further details, refer to the NMBA website. Http://

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent requirements


Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students will need to have completed the NSW Health Special Requirements for clinical practicum attendance. At present these include: Prohibited Persons Employment Declaration (PPED) prior to 1 June 2010 OR a Working with Children Check Student Declaration after 1 June 2010; Criminal Record Check (CRC) prior to 1 June 2010 OR a Student Undertaking Form after 1 June 2010 and have applied for a National Police Certificate; Adult Health Immunisation Schedule and Workcover accredited Senior First Aid Certificate.

Course Structure

Director of Academic Programs

Dr Amanda Johnson is the Director of Academic Programs for students with surnames beginning with A-K.

Dr Amanda Johnson

Dr Deborah Hatcher is Director of Academic Programs for students with surnames beginning with L-Z.

Dr Deborah Hatcher

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.


Year 1

Autumn session

400745Nursing for Health and Wellbeing
400746Understanding Good Health
400747Behavioural Foundations of Nursing Practice
400748Becoming a Nurse

Spring session

400749Nursing and Health Breakdown
400750Introduction to Health Breakdown
400751Nursing and Healthy Communities
400752Knowing Nursing

Year 2

Autumn session

400753Medical-Surgical Nursing 1
400814Alterations in Nutrition, Elimination and Sexuality
400755Evidence-Based Nursing 1
400756Family Health Care: Health Issues and Australian Indigenous People

Spring session

400757Medical-Surgical Nursing 2
400815Alterations in Breathing, Work/Leisure and Mobility
400759Mental Health Nursing 1
400760Family Health Care: Child and Adolescent Nursing

Year 3

Autumn session

400761Family Health Care: High Acuity Nursing
400762Mental Health Nursing 2
400763Family Health Care: Chronicity and Palliative Care Nursing

And one elective

Spring session

400764Transition to Graduate Practice
400765Evidence-Based Nursing 2
400766Leadership in Graduate Practice
400767Family Health Care: Older Adult Nursing

Additional Core Unit for Students with an Exceptional Study Sequence

It is a professional accreditation requirement that students satisfactorily complete a minimum 4 week clinical practicum in the final session of any pre-registration Bachelor of Nursing program. Bachelor of Nursing students who vary their study sequence significantly from the normal progression may be required to study the additional unit listed below to ensure the currency of their clinical skills prior to graduate practice:

400768Maintaining Clinical Currency

Elective Units

Elective units in the Bachelor of Nursing may be chosen from across The University, provided that unit pre-requisites are met and space is available.

The following are elective units in the Nursing discipline area which are not listed elsewhere in the Handbook. These electives are open to students from across The University provided that pre-requisities are met and space is available:

400621Bugs and Drugs
400961Drugs on Line
400958A Field Study: Comparative Studies of Health Care Delivery

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