Courses Handbook 2010

174910 v.7 Bachelor of Science (Nursing) General


Course CRICOS Code: 041794K
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3.5 Years


This course provides an integrated comprehensive curriculum from the physical, biological, psychological and social sciences. It is designed for school leavers and others intending to practice as a registered nurse. It is also available to registered mental health nurses intending to become eligible for registration as a comprehensive nurse. The comprehensive pathway has been designed for school leavers and mature age students. Enrolled Nursing Pathway 1 is designed for students who enter the course with a Diploma in Enrolled Nursing.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

None. TEE Human Biology and Physical Science desirable.

Specific Requirements

A first aid qualification (Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent) is required prior to completion of first year of the course. Nursing students are required to complete a health screening series. Applicants for this course should also see advice for Clinical Health Science students (see page 36) and Police Clearances (see page 5). STAT elements considered are E and V. Students who have not successfully completed non-clinical units must do so within a period of two semesters in order to completethe course requirements. A break of more than one semester will incur additional clinical practice.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Those with an Enrolled Nurse qualification will be awarded recognition of prior learning.

Duration and Availability

Three-and-a-half years' full-time study.

Course Organisation

All students receive field and clinical experience in a wide range of community and clinical settings. These are coordinated with the study units and range from observation visits to more prolonged periods in selected health agencies where students are given increasing involvement and responsibility in nursing activities. Students are assigned individual patients, appropriate to their level of academic preparation and experience, for supervised clinical practice. Staff members provide individual assistance and supervision of patient care. Students commence clinical experience in first semester with it gradually increasing throughout the course. It is expected that students will complete rural placements during the course of study.

Professional Recognition

This course has been designed to meet the regulations of the Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia. Students who successfully complete all of the course requirements are eligible for recommendation by the Head of School to the Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia for registration to practice as a Comprehensive Nurse.

Career Opportunities

The graduate nurse is expected to function as an effective practitioner of nursing, assessing, providing and evaluating care for individuals, families and the community, and working with other members of the health team in hospitals. Providing bedside care for children, adults, disabled people, the elderly and the mentally ill; community health agencies: child health centres, school health service, domiciliary nursing service, community health centres, public health field work and health education in city, rural and isolated areas; medical practice: with general and specialist medical practitioners, industrial settings: occupational health and safety; defence services: Army, Navy and Air Force; overseas service: World Health Organisation, Save the Children Fund, Australian Volunteers Abroad and medical missions.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Further Information

Bentley campus offers two intakes a year, in February and July. Applicants for the Bachelor of Science (Nursing - General) course at Bentley may elect to commence their studies in February (Code: CUP1C) or July (Code: CUP2C). Applicants for both commencement times should apply through TISC. Applications for mid-year intake which are being made after the TISC deadline would need to be submitted to the enrolling Faculty and may be approved IF there are places available. This is decided by the enrolling Faculty. The complete course is offered at the Central West College of TAFE (Geraldton) and the Great Southern Regional College of TAFE (Albany) through a mid-year intake and at the Kalgoorlie campus through a February intake. Students at Albany and Geraldton Centres and Kalgoorlie Campus will be expected to travel to Perth for selected clinical units. For more information contact staff in in the Faculty of Health Sciences on telephone (08) 9266 4583, email, or visit our website

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1
311187 v.1   Comprehensive Pathway (BSc (Nursing) General-CUP1 & 2)
311188 v.1   Graduate Pathway (BSc (Nursing) General)
311189 v.1   Enrolled Nurse Pathway 1 (BSc (Nursing) General)
311190 v.1   Enrolled Nurse Pathway 2 (Bsc (Nursing) General)


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        
2010 Kalgoorlie Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 Kalgoorlie Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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