Courses Handbook 2010

301591 v.3 Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Conversion Program for Registered Nurses


Course CRICOS Code: 003886K
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This course is designed to build on the professional knowledge and experience of registered nurses from hospital-based courses, taking the study of the biological and behavioural sciences underlying nursing to greater depth. Emphasis is placed upon themaintenance and further development of students' professional competencies and on enhancing their capabilities as members of an inter-professional team in a changing health care system. The course will establish a basis for future postgraduate study for specialisation and research. All students will have the opportunity to study core concepts of nursing that are concerned with the well being of the individual, family and community and can be applied to any nursing situation. Utilisation of the problem solving approach is stressed, with particular focus on the identification and assessment of health problems and nursing needs of individuals and their families.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Applicants must be registered with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia and have completed a minimum of three years general and/or mental health training in a hospital-based school of nursing.

Specific Requirements

Nursing students are required to complete a health screening series. The STAT is not accepted for entry to this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning or exemptions may be granted to students who have successfully completed approved tertiary studies at Curtin. Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis with applicants eligible to be awarded recognition of prior learning equivalent to two and a half years.

Duration and Availability

The course is three-and-a-half years' full-time study in which students may receive recognition of prior learning equivalent to two-and-a-half years. The remaining year of study required for graduation may be completed within one year full-time or two years' part-time equivalent. The course is predominantly comprised of units from the existing pre-registration undergraduate curriculum. Some units are available at regional centres. Many units are also available externally. External study programs must bearranged in consultation with the School's enrolment officer.

Additional Course Expenses

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

For more information about the program, contact staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences on telephone (08) 9266 4583, email, or see the 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 Semester 1
300718 v.4   Sociocultural Perspectives on Health 131 3.0 25.0
300720 v.4   Research Foundations in Nursing and Midwifery 213 4.0 25.0
300728 v.2   Professional Practice Issues 214 3.0 25.0
303779 v.3   Health Assessment 261 3.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
300740 v.2   Management in Health Care 417 3.0 25.0
303793 v.2   Professional Practice Contract 394 1.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Hrs/Wk Credit
2919 v.4   Palliative Care Nursing 260 2.0 25.0
300723 v.3   Lifespan Development 233 3.0 25.0
300724 v.3   Nursing and Midwifery Bioscience 243 5.0 25.0
300730 v.3   Behavioural Responses to Illness 234 3.0 25.0
300731 v.3   Nursing and Midwifery Bioscience 244 4.0 25.0
300732 v.2   Health Concepts in Family Care 315 2.0 25.0
300734 v.3   Behavioural Perspectives on Families 335 2.0 25.0
300738 v.3   Behavioural Perspectives of Mental Health 336 3.0 25.0
310135 v.1   Indigenous Australian Health and Culture 132 3.0 25.0
5152 v.4   Understanding Dying 260 2.0 25.0
NB      Electives indicated are to reflect recognition of prior learning awarded


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        
2010 CSM Academy Singapore Semester 1   Y      
2010 CSM Academy Singapore Semester 2   Y      
2010 S'pore HR Institute Semester 1   Y      
2010 S'pore HR Institute 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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