Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced)

Approved Abbreviation: BN(Adv)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4693.4

AQF Level: 7

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 is 2019 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2018, please refer to: 4693.3 Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced)

For Commencement Year 2017, please refer to: 4693.2 Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced)

For Commencement Year 2013 to 2016, please refer to: 4693.1 Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced)

This course prepares graduates for eligibility to apply for registration throughout Australia as a registered nurse. 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 the 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 should also be aware that the regulatory authority (the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia) may have additional criteria that the student will need to meet prior to registration to practice being granted such as an English language skills registration standard is also applicable to all students applying for registration.

Students in the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) will follow a similar study program set out for the Bachelor of Nursing. However there will be six units of study that engage students in additional learning, assessment and professional practice activities and opportunities. Each student will be allocated an Academic Mentor at the beginning of the second year of the program. Students are encouraged to participate in scholarly activities that will further enhance their knowledge and skills.

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 4691 – 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.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) does not offer Recognition of Prior Learning credit except if transferring from 4691 Bachelor of Nursing.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) 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: 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 either 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:

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


Students who are likely to attract a Western Sydney University ATAR of more than 90 may apply for admission via UAC or transfer as a post Year 1 Bachelor of Nursing student with a GPA of greater than 6.0.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

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 the 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.

International Office

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

On Campus Students

To be eligible to enrol in a unit and attend a health-related placement in your course, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements and Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first year of study against the following

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit

International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire course.

3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at

4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course.

5. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form

6. Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool)

7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested.

Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

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

401000Professional Practice Experience 1
401001Primary Health Care in Action
401002Bioscience 1
401205Professional Communication in Nursing

Spring session

401004Professional Practice Experience 2
401005Human Relationships and Life Transitions
401006Bioscience 2
401007Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice

Year 2

Autumn session

401008Professional Practice Experience 3
401206Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
401207Health Variations 1 - Perioperative
401214Research for Nursing (Advanced)

Spring session

401012Professional Practice Experience 4
401013Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing 1
401215Health Variations 2 Advanced - Chronic Illness and Disability
401210Health Variations 3 - Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Conditions

Year 3

Autumn session

401016Professional Practice Experience 5
401025Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing 2 (Advanced)
401216Health Variations 4 (Advanced) - Acute Life Threatening Conditions
401212Health Variations 5 - Palliative and End of Life Care

Spring session

401020Professional Practice Experience 6
401027Being a Professional Nurse (Advanced)
401217Clinical Leadership in Nursing (Advanced)

And one elective

Elective Unit

The elective unit in the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) may be chosen from across the University, provided that unit pre-requisites are met, space is available and students are able to meet all scheduled activities without compromising any nursing unit requirements.

The following are elective units in the Nursing discipline area which are not listed elsewhere in the Handbook. Some of these units are open to students from across the University provided that prerequisites are met and space is available.

400621Bugs and Drugs
400961Drugs on Line
400958A Field Study: Comparative Studies of Health Care Delivery
401196Contemporary Issues in Child and Adolescent Health
401237Maternal and Infant Health Care
401242An Introduction to Contemporary Aboriginal Australia
401240Risk Mitigation and Ethics for Australian Health Professionals

Professional Practice Experience

The Professional Practice Experience is the foundation for student learning in the course. It consists of two major learning contexts for students: professional practice and simulation. Professional practice in the health care sector may take place in any level of the health service appropriate to the focus for the specific Professional Practice Experience unit, for example aged care facilities, hospitals, General Practitioner practices, community health teams. This environment is essential for providing students complexity of the nursing experience, the ability to apply learning in situations involving ill persons, and socialises students into the work domain.

Simulation is a teaching and learning strategy where aspects of the professional practice environment, such as a hospital ward or patient, are artificially created on campus to enable students to learn in a safe, non-threatening environment. Clinical Practice Units, simulated professional practice environments, will be used to allow students to undertake learning activities related to all core nursing skills such as administering medications and monitoring a patient’s condition. The School has a wide range of simulation equipment and dedicated high fidelity simulation rooms on each campus.

The percentage of time spent by students in each context will vary depending on the stage of the student in the course, the theoretical knowledge already acquired and the stage of competency development. For example at the beginning of the course more hours will be spent in the simulation context than in the health care sector. As the course progresses there is a scaling up of hours spent in the health care sector with fewer hours being spent in the simulation context. In the final session of third year a significant proportion of knowledge and skills consolidation will occur primarily in a clinical practice environment.

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