Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

174910 v.6 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.

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 refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication. 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

The course is three and a half years full-time study. Bentley campus offers two intakes a year, in February and July. 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.

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 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 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 theChildren 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.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

13019 v.2   Psychology 123 3.0 25.0
1643 v.7   Human Biology 133 4.0 25.0
300712 v.2   Nursing and Health 111 2.0 25.0
304268 v.1   Introduction to Nursing Practice 121 6.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

1644 v.7   Human Biology 134 4.0 25.0
300716 v.2   Foundations of Health Care 112 3.0 25.0
300717 v.3   Professional Nursing Practice 122 7.0 25.0
300718 v.3   Sociocultural Perspectives on Health 132 3.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

300720 v.2   Research Foundation in Nursing 213 4.0 25.0
300721 v.2   Primary Health Care Practice 223 7.0 25.0
300723 v.3   Lifespan Development 233 3.0 25.0
300724 v.2   Nursing Bioscience 243 5.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 2

300728 v.2   Professional Practice Issues 214 3.0 25.0
300729 v.2   Adult Nursing Practice 224 13.0 25.0
300730 v.3   Behavioural Response To Illness 234 3.0 25.0
300731 v.2   Nursing Bioscience 244 4.0 25.0

Year 3 Semester 1

300732 v.2   Health Concepts in Family Care 315 2.0 25.0
300733 v.2   Family Nursing Practice 325 3.0 25.0
300734 v.3   Behavioural Perspectives on Families 335 2.0 25.0
300735 v.2   Nursing Bioscience 345 5.0 25.0

Year 3 Semester 2

300736 v.2   Psychiatric Nursing Practice 326 12.0 25.0
300737 v.2   Community Health Nursing Practice 326 14.0 25.0
300738 v.3   Behavioural Perspectives of Mental Health 336 3.0 25.0
300739 v.2   Nursing Bioscience 346 3.0 25.0

Year 4 Semester 1

300740 v.2   Management in Health Care 417 2.0 25.0
300741 v.2   Consolidated Nursing Practice 427 12.0 50.0
300742 v.2   Professional Transition 427 10.0 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        
2006 Kalgoorlie Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 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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