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Start Date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
IBNU

SATAC Code
4BP002 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
ATAR (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2018)
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 50 for Nursing1.
  • Learn in our unique clinician led, authentic simulated hospital and health services on-campus with state-of-the-art interactive manikins.
  • Be taught by above world-class researchers in nursing2, as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Benefit from flexible study options. 
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

12017 QS World Subject Rankings  
22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) is for Registered Nurses who have completed a pre-registration nursing qualification in a hospital setting or a three-year Diploma of Nursing and would like to upgrade to a degree qualification. 

This qualification is designed to prepare you to meet healthcare delivery requirements for the 21st century and respond to Australian and international healthcare priorities and trends. Six integrating themes are intertwined throughout the curriculum and represent core approaches that inform contemporary nursing practice:

  • cultural competence
  • evidence-based practice
  • mental health
  • primary health
  • professional communication
  • safety and quality

What you'll need

On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.

You can find more about what you’ll need in the rules and notes below the courses you’ll study.

Why Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration)

Why this Degree

UniSA has invested more than $2 million in on-campus clinics and facilities - these state-of-the-art, clinician led, authentic simulated environments include our hospital and health service, the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS).

World-class facilities together with teaching staff who are above world-class researchers1 in the field means you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

This degree is also a great option for those wanting the flexibility that comes with online learning and on-campus workshops – we offer accessible online learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way. 

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

You will benefit from our strong industry links. You will also learn from experienced registered nurses on-campus, as well as industry-experienced teaching staff.

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree can be studied through a blend of online and on-campus learning. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for team work and communication

Online study is available but some on-campus workshop attendance is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Your career

Graduates can work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • primary health and community support services
  • aged/rehabilitative care 
  • schools
  • home care
  • drug/alcohol treatment centres
  • community health organisations

Industry facts

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Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 58,700 (19.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Employment for registered nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 51,400 (20 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

We teach and assess four domains of nursing practice during your studies including:

  • collaborative and therapeutic practice
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • professional practice
  • provision and coordination of care

The qualification is designed to prepare you to meet healthcare delivery requirements for the 21st century and respond to Australian and international healthcare priorities and trends. Six integrating themes are intertwined throughout the curriculum and represent core approaches that inform contemporary nursing practice:

  • cultural competence
  • evidence based practice
  • mental health
  • primary health
  • professional communication
  • safety and quality

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate on average 40 hours per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • projects 
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • essays and assignments 
  • examinations 
  • tests

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Registered Nurses will be granted 72 units of credit and are required to complete the following:
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Professional Practice N NURS 1044 4.5
Global and National Health HLTH 1036 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Nursing Contexts of Practice NURS 3045 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
First Peoples' Health HLTH 1047 4.5
Mental Health HLTH 1037 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Nursing Project NURS 3046 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice BIOL 2058 4.5

I have a background in day surgery and peri-operative nursing and, while I no longer work clinically, I remain involved with industry in relation to student placements and research. I am passionate about maintaining the quality of this degree and assisting in its development.

Dr Cath Hall

Program Director

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Dr Cath Hall

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a nursing student you will have access to state-of-the-art replica hospital wards and health services.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

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