2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Nursing | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Nursing



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757101

Bega / 757102

Shoalhaven / 757103

Southern Sydney / 757104

Batemans Bay / 757105


The Bachelor of Nursing provides theoretical and professional practical education for a career in nursing.

Aims include sound knowledge for safe and competent practice; appropriate affective and psychomotor skills in providing holistic patient care; reflective nursing practice skills in a variety of settings; drawing on relevant principles of the biosciences, social and behavioural sciences; effective interpersonal and group communication skills; effective and collaborative functioning as a professional member of the health care team; effective and sensitive practice within a multicultural environment; responsibility for the continuing development of self and profession; and high level skills in organisation and allocation of priorities in clinical and practice activities.

Throughout the 3 year course, students will be required to attend 21 weeks off-campus workplace experience in a variety of settings and different area health services. Students can expect to travel up to 2 hours to attend their workplace experience.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Evaluate knowledge, skills and behaviours for the provision of safe and effective quality and culturally appropriate nursing care.
2 Critically evaluate relevant theories and frameworks that inform contemporary nursing
3 Demonstrate a critical awareness of knowledge, skills and behaviours commensurate with an effective nurse leader, educator and researcher.
4 Assess, plan, deliver and evaluate person-centred and family focussed care, utilising the Roper-Logan-Tierney (2000) model of living/model for nursing.
5 Use clinical reasoning skills for effective clinical decisions.
6 Employ effective professional interpersonal and communication skills.
7 Work effectively within an interprofessional health care team
8 Demonstrate initiative and judgement within professional, ethical and legal frameworks
9 Demonstrate the ability to create a therapeutic relationship with acknowledgement of professional requirements
10 Engage in reflexive nursing practice contributing to personal and professional development.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Nursing, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points in accordance with the table below.

In order to attend workplace experience, students must meet NSW Health Department requirements in regard to Criminal Record Checks and Infectious Disease. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be able to attend workplace experience and therefore will not be able to continue in the Bachelor of Nursing. For further information on Criminal Record Checks and Infectious Diseases please see visit Student Clearances for Clinical Placements - NSW Department of Health.

Inherent requirements ensure the integrity of a course is maintained and preserves the university's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students. For more information on the Inherent Requirements of our Nursing programs, please see the Inherent Requirements webpage.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1
NMIH101 Effective Communication in Health Care Relationships 6
NMIH102 Patterns of Knowing in Nursing 6
NMIH103 Art and Science of Nursing A 6
NMIH104 Art and Science of Nursing B 6
NMIH105 Primary Health Care Nursing 6
NMIH106 Essentials of Care A 6
NMIH107 Essentials of Care B 6
NMIH108 Introduction to Health Behaviour Change 6
Year 2
NMIH201 Principles of Episodic Care 6
NMIH202 Developing Nursing Practice 1 6
NMIH203 Family Centred Nursing 6
NMIH204 Reflection and Practice 6
NMIH205 Cultural Competence in Health Care Practice 6
NMIH206 Therapeutics in Nursing 6
NMIH207 Developing Nursing Practice 2 6
NMIH208 Mental Health Nursing 1 6
Year 3
NMIH301 Nursing Care of People with Chronic Conditions 6
NMIH302 Mental Health Nursing 2 6
NMIH303 Therapeutic Use of Self 6
NMIH304 Evidence Appreciation and Application in Health Care Practice 6
NMIH305 Nursing Care of People with Complex Conditions 6
NMIH306 Challenges of Ageing 6
NMIH307 Leadership in Health Care Practice 6
NMIH308 Transition to Professional Practice 6

* denotes inclusion of workplace experience

Candidates should note that pre- and co-requisites apply to many subjects in the course. Satisfactory completion of all Year 2 nursing theory and practice subjects is a pre-requisite to enrolment in Year 3 nursing theory and practice subjects. The reason for these prescriptions is that the School of Nursing has a legal responsibility to ensure that candidates meet nursing theory and practice requirements at each level of the course.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components 

This course contains a total of 840 hours over 21 weeks of compulsory work-based placements. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.


An Honours degree program is available for eligible students. For further information refer to the separate entry for Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) through the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) subject to meeting the registration standards, including English language proficiency. NMBA currently requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0, and at least 7.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Results must have been obtained no more than 2 years prior to applying for registration. Therefore graduates will be required to take a further IELTS test even if the required results were demonstrated prior to enrolment in the Bachelor of Nursing.

For information regarding registration standards visit the NMBA website.

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 8 February, 2019