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Start Date
February

Campus
Whyalla

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
IBNU

SATAC Code
464071 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 66.45 (for 2018)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2019)
TAFE/RTO Note: Enrolled Nurse Certificate IV or Diploma in Nursing - both with current practising certificate.
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Degree overview

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 100 for Nursing1.
  • Learn in our unique clinician led, authentic simulated hospital and health services on campus with expert clinical and academic staff.
  • Practise your skills with residents of our virtual health community including interactive manikins each with their own persona, and real people acting as residents.
  • Embark on industry placements from your first year of study.
  • Develop the knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes needed for professional practice.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers in Nursing2, as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Be supported by online learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Make a positive contribution to Australian healthcare.

12019 QS World Subject Rankings
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

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The healthcare industry is constantly changing with new technologies and approaches to care to improve the detection, diagnosis and management of chronic and acute illness, as well as having a strong emphasis of keeping populations healthy. Our nursing degree is evolving with these changes, which means you will be guaranteed an industry-relevant, practical qualification that ensures you graduate career-ready.

There is a strong focus on theory and practical experience, and you will do much of your learning in our unique clinician led, authentic hospital and health service on campus. Our state-of-the-art facilities include authentic hospital wards, clinical units and community areas. This simulated hospital environment, known as the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS), is led by practicing registered nurses and midwives (clinicians), and is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

You will then have the opportunity to further develop these skills when you embark on real-world clinical placements across metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals and health services under the supervision of registered nurses.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.
On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

What you'll learn

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This degree prepares you for placement and your professional nursing career with more than 170 hours of learning in our unique clinician led, authentic simulated Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS). You will also complete 1,000 hours in clinical settings across metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals, and health services.

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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
STAGE 1 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for understanding
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Being a Health Professional NURS 1033 9 Rule(s): 10
Human Body 1 BIOL 1047 4.5
Global and National Health HLTH 1036 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Body 2 BIOL 1048 4.5
First Peoples' Health HLTH 1047 4.5
Mental Health HLTH 1037 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Preparation for Clinical Practice Practicum 1 NURS 1061 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
STAGE 2 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for intervention
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Health of Older Adults NURS 2024 9 Rule(s): 10
Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice BIOL 2058 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Older Adults Practicum 2 NURS 2034 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
Second Semster (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health of Adults NURS 2023 9 Rule(s): 10
Health of Infants, Children and Young People NURS 2022 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Experiential Learning Activity: Acute Care Practicum 3 NURS 2033 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
STAGE 3 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Nursing Contexts of Practice NURS 3045 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Extension to Practice Practicum 4 NURS 3042 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
Second Semster (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Becoming a Registered Nurse NURS 3041 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Transition to Practice Practicum 5 NURS 3043 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
Nursing Project NURS 3046 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Students who have been granted 36 units of credit in accordance with rule 13 below are required to complete the following: Rule(s): 13
STAGE 1 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for understanding
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Practice N NURS 1044 4.5 Note(s): 1
STAGE 2 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for intervention
Health of Older Adults NURS 2024 9 Rule(s): 10
Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice BIOL 2058 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health of Adults NURS 2023 9 Rule(s): 10
Health of Infants, Children and Young People NURS 2022 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Experiential Learning Activity: Acute Care Practicum 3 NURS 2033 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
STAGE 3 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Nursing Contexts of Practice NURS 3045 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Extension to Practice Practicum 4 NURS 3042 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Becoming a Registered Nurse NURS 3041 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Transition to Practice Practicum 5 NURS 3043 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
Nursing Project NURS 3046 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Students who have been granted 18 units of credit in accordance with rule 13 below are required to complete the following: Rule(s): 13
STAGE 1 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for understanding
Professional Practice N NURS 1044 4.5 Note(s): 1
Human Body 1 BIOL 1047 4.5
Global and National Health HLTH 1036 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Body 2 BIOL 1048 4.5
Mental Health HLTH 1037 4.5
STAGE 2 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for intervention
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Health of Older Adults NURS 2024 9 Rule(s): 10
Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice BIOL 2058 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health of Adults NURS 2023 9 Rule(s): 10
Health of Infants, Children and Young People NURS 2022 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10
Experiential Learning Activity: Acute Care Practicum 3 NURS 2033 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
STAGE 3 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Nursing Contexts of Practice NURS 3045 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Extension to Practice Practicum 4 NURS 3042 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Becoming a Registered Nurse NURS 3041 4.5 Rule(s): 10
Experiential Learning Activity: Transition to Practice Practicum 5 NURS 3043 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,10,12
Nursing Project NURS 3046 4.5 Rule(s): 10

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 
  • objective structured clinical examination
  • clinical placement assessment
  • quizzes

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

Why Bachelor of Nursing (Whyalla)

Why this Degree

UniSA has invested millions of dollars in on-campus clinics and facilities. Our Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) is a clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital and health service, at our Whyalla, Mt Gambier and City East campuses. As a nursing student, you can participate in clinical learning and practise within the HHHS throughout your degree, in addition to off-campus clinical placements. 

The HHHS is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical learning environment populated by residents of our Horizon City and Community, a virtual health community which is unique to UniSA. It is designed to facilitate, enhance and support your understanding of real-world nursing practice. Residents of Horizon include interactive manikins each with their own persona, as well as real people acting as residents, who have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories. 

As part of your studies, you will regularly engage and interact with Horizon residents, both within the virtual environment and in HHHS to develop and practise your nursing knowledge and skills.

State-of-the-art facilities together with teaching staff who are above world-class researchers in Nursing1, as well as academics and experienced clinicians 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 – 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

As a student, you will benefit from our strong industry links. You will also learn from experienced clinicians, including registered nurses, on campus, and when you complete clinical placements as part of your study.

These placements provide you with the opportunity to practice your clinical skills, implement your knowledge into practice, learn from industry-experienced professionals in the field, and build valuable networks and relationships.

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

Online study

Online study

This qualification is offered online. 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 an interactive online learning environment
  • 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. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Registered nurses play a key role at the forefront of healthcare service, with their contribution to client care imperative for the wellbeing of today's society. This degree prepares you to deliver the highest quality care to individuals and groups as well as meet and respond to Australian and international health challenges and priorities.

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

  • hospitals
  • primary health and community support services
  • aged and rehabilitative care facilities
  • schools
  • home care
  • drug and alcohol treatment centres
  • community health organisations
  • mental health services
  • international aid agencies

Graduates may complete the Transition to Professional Practice Program with a participating employer.

Professional accreditation and recognition

Graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The requirements for registration are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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

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

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

Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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. Our Whyalla campus features modern facilities and study spaces, including the very latest in information and communications technology, so you can quickly access resources online. 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.

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

Emergency Department

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a fully-equipped emergency department and day surgery. This simulated hospital environment fully led by practicing registered nurses and midwives (clinicians), known as the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS), is where students can practise their skills with residents of our virtual health community, which is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

The HHHS is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical learning environment populated by residents of our Horizon City and Community, a virtual health community which is unique to UniSA. It is designed to facilitate, enhance and support your understanding of real-world nursing practice. Residents of Horizon include interactive manikins each with their own persona, as well as real people acting as residents, who have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories.

Your program director

My nursing career has predominantly been in Emergency, working for many years as an emergency nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. I completed my PhD in 2016 and remain a passionate nurse-researcher applying my clinical and theoretical knowledge to investigate the support needs of families with children with rare diseases, and how healthcare services aimed at supporting these families can be improved. I have taught extensively across the Bachelor of Nursing program and am also an Academic Integrity Officer. In all of this, I remain very committed to student-centred learning and to ensuring that our nursing students get the most out of their studies, experience the full benefits of university life, and feel prepared for practice in the real-world as the next generation of nursing leaders!

Dr Lemuel Pelentsov

Program Director

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Program Director

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Studying nursing is deeply rewarding on a personal level, as you become a critical part of the community, and the values of promoting and preserving life are reflected through your work.

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UniSA graduates are overall passionate and engaged learners, who can successfully adapt to different clinical environments and cultures while still putting theory into practice. Not only can they learn a specific skill set, but they have the ability to think innovatively and question the perceived norms.

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