Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced)

Approved Abbreviation: BN(Adv)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4648.1

CRICOS Code: 063558G

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.

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.

Students in the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) will follow the study program set out for the 4642 - Bachelor of Nursing. Each student will have an Academic Mentor and will participate in additional compulsory activities related to nursing research and professional practice. To maintain their enrolment in the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) students must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.5 or above, otherwise they will be transferred to the standard 4642 – Bachelor of Nursing course. At enrolment students will be required to sign a declaration acknowledging the requirement to maintain a GPA greater than or equal to 5.5.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. This program will only be offered in full-time mode and is not available for students wishing to undertake a reduced load.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) 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


Students may apply for admission to the course through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) or as a Year 1 Bachelor of Nursing student with GPA greater than 5.5. However, this should only be done following discussion with and the approval of the Head of Program.

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.

Course Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

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
400824Evidence-Based Nursing 1 (Advanced)
400854Family Health Care:Health Issues and Australian Indigenous People (Advanced)

Spring session

400825Medical Surgical Nursing 2 (Advanced)
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
400855Family Health Care:Chronicity and Palliative Care Nursing (Advanced)

One elective

Spring session

400764Transition to Graduate Practice
400827Evidence-Based Nursing 2 (Advanced)
400767Family Health Care: Older Adult Nursing
400849Leadership in Graduate Practice (Advanced)

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