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Bachelor of Nursing

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Course code BN

Award Title Bachelor of Nursing

Accreditation ANMAC, TEQSA

Duration 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Course Delivery Blended delivery

AQF Level 7

Bachelor of Nursing, which is a 3-year course, or equivalent part-time, incorporates Australian best practice and contemporary nursing. Your learning is coupled with simulation training in our state-of-the-art simulation centres to prepare you for clinical placements in health facilities.

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About the course

The Bachelor of Nursing (BN) course at IHM will assist you in developing your nursing knowledge and skills and at completion provide you with the opportunity to apply for nursing registration in Australia and/or overseas. Once you become a Registered Nurse you may work in a wide range of health care settings.

The Bachelor of Nursing is an AQF level 7 course accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Throughout the BN course you are provided with personalised and coordinated student-centred education.

This 3-year (or equivalent part-time) BN course incorporates contemporary nursing education. You will learn about the provision of person-centred nursing care and you will be able to practice your nursing skills in the state of the art simulated educational laboratories to prepare you for professional experience placements in healthcare facilities.

IHM’s Bachelor of Nursing course has adopted technology based training and virtual simulation laboratories and educational materials to prepare students for the future as they learn about electronic health records, mHealth apps and other digital tools.

Professional ExperiencePlacement

Professional Experience Placements (PEP’s) assess students against professional competency standards for nursing in Australia. During this course, you will complete five (5) PEPs of 800 hours throughout Semester 2 of Year 1, and over both semesters 1 and 2 of Years 2 and 3 of the course.

A PEP is designed to provide a close correlation between the theory you will learn and the level of practice required of nurses to meet the NMBA RN Standards for Practice (2016).

Year 1, Semester 2: 160 hours of PEP which includes an introduction to clinical experience and provides students with the opportunity to develop interpersonal and communication skills, an understanding of the role of a nurse in a multidisciplinary team and the knowledge required to care for a healthy older person.

Year 2: 240 hours of PEP will be allocated as an introduction to acute and chronic nursing care (120 hours in semester 1) and mental health nursing (120 hours in semester 2). This will enable students to develop a higher capability of problem solving and critical thinking, as well as developing their assessment and nursing intervention skills at various healthcare settings and facilities.

Year 3: 400 hours of PEP will provide students with the opportunity to focus on developing the knowledge and skills required to effectively care for individuals within the community (160 hours in semester 1) and to consolidate and translate theoretical knowledge and learned skills to their final PEP (240 hours in semester 2) in medical/surgical nursing practice and related healthcare settings.

Students will learn to be effective members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, providing quality nursing care and gaining management skills and a broader understanding of the role and responsibilities of the registered nurse.

Learning ObjectivesCourse Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing course, graduates are expected to be able to:

  • CLO1. Demonstrate the professional role and practice of a Registered Nurse adhering to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) Registered Nurse Standards for Practice, to ensure safe and effective person-centred care.
  • CLO2. Apply knowledge and skills of nursing, pharmacology, physiology and pathophysiology in the delivery of safe person-centred care to individuals with altered health conditions.
  • CLO3. Apply critical thinking, clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills in the provision of holistic nursing care.
  • CLO4. Deliver culturally sensitive and safe nursing care to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from diverse cultures.
  • CLO5. Use effective communication and teamwork skills to collaborate with clients and the multidisciplinary health care team to achieve improved health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
  • CLO6. Utilise evidence-based nursing practice to deliver comprehensive and safe person-centred care.
  • CLO7. Deliver technologically advanced quality care to individuals, families, and communities in various settings.
  • CLO8. Appraise the leadership and advocacy roles of nurses when providing person-centred care.

Employment opportunities for Graduates

This course has been developed specifically for domestic and international students who may wish to gain registration with the Australian Practitioner Health Regulatory Agency (APHRA) as Registered Nurses (RN) in Australia.

The demand for nurses in Australia and globally is expected to continue to grow over the coming decades. This course will prepare graduates to take-up employment in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, community health centres and aged care settings and homes

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing course a student must obtain:

1. An ATAR score of 50 or one of the following:

  1. Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or:
  2. An equivalent qualification such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification. Completion or partial completion of approved tertiary qualifications (including Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees) will also be considered in conjunction to the applicant’s entire academic record. You may be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning (up to a maximum of 50% of the course units).

Applicants who have graduated with an Australian accredited Diploma of Nursing course and who hold registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia/AHPRA will be eligible to join the second year of this course.

Applicants wishing to transfer from an incomplete ANMAC accredited Bachelor of Nursing degree undertaken at other Australian Universities, graduates of other degrees or overseas graduates will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and should seek advice about credits received prior to enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing course.

Mature age applicants who do not hold a year 12 certificate and do not have a VTAC application in place for any Victorian tertiary course may apply for this course.

English Language: Students must demonstrate their English language competency in one of the following ways:

  1. English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six (6) years of continuous education that is equivalent to secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.
  2. IELTS (academic Module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components
  3. PTE (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills
  4. TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and a minimum score of 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking
  5. OET with a minimum score of B (more than 350 marks) in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) from a single test sitting. Results are to be valid for a maximum of two years from the test date.

All enrolled students will be registered by IHM with AHPRA throughout the duration of their enrolment. All students must maintain a current Working with Children Check (from the Appropriate State Authority) and a current Police Check throughout the duration of the course. As part of the Nursing Program you will be required to attend clinical placements each year. Students are required to complete the following to be eligible to undertake placement:

  1. National Police Check which is an annual check.
  2. Working with Children Card – valid for 5 years.
  3. The Department of Health and Human Services also requires all students undertaking placement in the healthcare sector to be fully immunised and where required screened for Tuberculosis. Students are required to submit completed Immunisation Forms signed off by a medical practitioner prior to commencing placements.
  4. Students must complete a First Aid course (HLTAID011 First Aid) which is valid for 3 years, and HLTAID009 (CPR) as well as HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely, in Australia prior to attending clinical placements.

What will I study?

The Bachelor of Nursing course comprises 24 units including Simulation Based Training and laboratory clinical skills assessments in preparation for five Professional Experience Placements.

Credit Points: 8 per each units, Total of 192 CP

Year 1: SEMESTER 1

N7001 Nursing and the Australian Healthcare System
N7002 Health and Nursing Practice
N7003 Communication Skills for Nurses
N7004 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Year 1: SEMESTER 2

N7005 Health and Illness in Older Adults
N7006 Acute and Chronic Nursing 1
N7007 Culturally Appropriate Nursing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
N7008 Professional Experience Placement 1

Year 2: SEMESTER 1

N7009 Acute and Chronic Nursing 2
N7010 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
N7011 Ethical and Legal Nursing
N7012 Professional Experience Placement 2

Year 2: SEMESTER 2

N7013 Mental Health Nursing
N7014 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
N7015 Culture and Global Health
N7016 Professional Experience Placement 3

Year 3: SEMESTER 1

N7017 Community Health Nursing
N7018 Child and Adolescent Health
N7019 Health Informatics
N7020 Professional Experience Placement 4

Year 3: SEMESTER 2

N7021 Acute and Chronic Nursing 3
N7022 Clinical Leadership in Nursing
N7023 Transitioning to the Role of the Registered Nurse
N7024 Professional Experience Placement 5

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