Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Entry

Approved Abbreviation: BN

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4643.2

CRICOS Code: 050935E

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 2010.

Commencement Year 2007, 2008 - 4643.1 Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Entry

This course prepares graduates for eligibility to apply for registration throughout Australia as beginning professional 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; and the nursing care of individuals, families and groups from diverse backgrounds across the lifespan. The acquisition of nursing knowledge and skills will occur in campus-based simulated clinical practice settings and consolidation occurs as students undertake clinical placements in a variety of health care settings.

Study Mode
Two years full-time.

Advanced standing

In the Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) course recognition of prior learning results in admission to the course. No further advanced standing (RPL) will be granted.

The Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Entry has accreditation and approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). 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

Inherent requirements


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in biological sciences: human biological sciences, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, biology, natural science, microbiology, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, human science, naturopathy, complimentary medicine


An undergraduate degree in arts/behavioural sciences: human behavioural and social sciences, psychology, sociology, human communications, human behaviour

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


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

International Office

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website (UAC).


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
To be enrolled in this course students must comply with the current occupational screening and vaccination policy of NSW Health at course commencement. The Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program incorporates the teaching of nursing practical techniques/ skills and clinical training through physical contact between supervising clinicians, lecturers, students and patients of both genders and all backgrounds. This contact is guided by protocols and codes of conduct and is a compulsory requirement of the course as currently accredited. Students entering the program must do so with an understanding that accommodations cannot be made in this area for any reason.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 170 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Quarter 1 session

400776Introduction to Nursing Practice

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 2

Autumn session

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

Spring session

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

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