University of Technology Sydney

C10351v2 Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

Award(s): Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCIInn)

UAC code: 609568 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 088063B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Professional recognition
Other information


The Bachelor of Nursing is designed to prepare students for the role of the registered nurse. The course incorporates a range of nursing subjects as well as behavioural science, physical science, ethics and professional subjects relevant to contemporary nursing practice. Graduates of the course are capable of delivering a high standard of confident, safe and therapeutic nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings. They demonstrate nursing care that is patient-centred, informed and responsible.

Taking a transdisciplinary approach, the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation utilises multiple perspectives from diverse fields, integrating a range of industry experiences, real-world projects and self-initiated proposals, equipping graduates to address the wicked problems, complex challenges and untapped opportunities in today's world.

Clinical learning is a key element of the course with clinical placements in healthcare settings occurring in every session. Learning technologies such as simulation, which is undertaken within faculty clinical practice laboratories, assist students in preparing for clinical practice. Across the course students develop an e-portfolio to showcase their abilities and facilitate career planning. In the third year of the course students are able to pursue an area of nursing interest by choosing a clinical specialty elective.

By focusing on the high-level conceptual thinking and problem-solving practices that lead to the development of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial outcomes, students of the combined degree also gain leading edge capabilities that are highly valued in the globalised world, including dealing with critical and creative thinking, invention, complexity, innovation, future scenario building and entrepreneurship, and the ability to work on their own across disciplines. These creative intelligence competencies enable graduates to navigate in a rapidly changing world.

Course aims

The course aims to prepare graduates who: are independent lifelong learners, attuned to the needs of patients from diverse backgrounds; are patient-centred and value collaboration with patients and colleagues; seek evidence in the exercise of clinical judgment and safe practice; and act in a professional, compassionate and ethical manner. In addition, graduates are prepared to foster the development of nursing as a practice discipline and demonstrate leadership in health care.

Career options

Career options for registered nurses include working in diverse specialty areas such as community health, critical care, intensive care, aged care, mental health, operating theatres and paediatrics. Career progression opportunities include working as a clinical nurse consultant, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, nurse manager, nurse practitioner or rural and remote practice nurse.

By being creative thinkers, initiators of new ideas, scenario planners, global strategists, open network designers or sustainable futures innovators within their chosen field of study, graduates maximise the potential of their chosen profession, making them highly sought after graduates with the ability to identify and develop solutions to some of the most complex issues that face their disciplines and society.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Embody a professional disposition committed to excellence, equity and sustainability
1.1 Demonstrate a professional identity which acknowledges the value of the nurse as a therapeutic agent
1.2 Demonstrate the characteristics and skills required for professional engagement and effective lifelong learning
1.3 Assume a leadership role, self-initiate and evaluate, manage change and take responsibility within scope of practice
1.4 Accept professional accountability and responsibility for quality and safe care concomitant with scope of practice
1.5 Exhibit moral, ethical and honourable professional practice and promote health equity by recognising and seeking to address disadvantage and injustice
2.0 Engage in person-centred care that is appropriately sensitive to the needs of individuals, families and communities
2.1 Practise person-centred, holistic care in which all aspects of the patient's wellbeing are considered
2.2 Respond equitably and appropriately within diverse settings to the needs and interests of people from diverse backgrounds
2.3 Advocate for the rights of the individual patient, family or patient group
2.4 Promote the use of preventative health strategies to reduce the risk of disease and/or ameliorate severity of illness
3.0 Communicate and collaborate effectively and respectfully with diverse groups
3.1 Communicate fluently and effectively for safe therapeutic and collaborative practice
3.2 Appreciate the value of communication to negotiate and create shared understandings as well as to develop and sustain professional relationships
3.3 Speak, read, write and listen effectively and with sensitivity to different audiences and contexts
3.4 Communicate in a culturally safe and appropriate way
4.0 Inquire critically to assess a body of evidence to inform practice
4.1 Demonstrate information literacy and technology skills and effectively apply these in the exercise of clinical judgement
4.2 Evaluate and apply effective and creative solutions to the improvement of nursing practice and patient care
4.3 Inquire critically to apply knowledge for the purposes of patient and professional education
4.4 Comply with intellectual academic writing practices and use information ethically, legally and respectfully
5.0 Competently apply knowledge and skills to ensure safe and effective nursing practice
5.1 Demonstrate competence in clinical judgment, technical abilities and the skills expected of a new graduate nurse and meet or exceed the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for registration as a nurse
5.2 Practise effectively within the regulatory frameworks, standards and codes of practice
5.3 Use contemporary clinical information technologies to manage patient information and optimise the provision of safe and high quality care
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice
CII.1.1 Identify and represent the components and processes within complex systems and organise them within frameworks of relationships
CII.1.2 Select, apply and evaluate various techniques and technologies for investigating and interpreting complex systems
CII.1.3 Discern common qualities of complex systems and model their behaviour
CII.1.4 Generate insights from the creative translation of models and patterns across different systems
CII.2.1 Recognise the nature of open, complex, dynamic and networked problems
CII.2.2 Explore the relevance of patterns, frameworks, approaches and methods from different disciplines, professional practices or fields of inquiry for gaining insights into particular problems, proposals, practices, contexts and systems
CII.2.3 Analyse problem situations or contexts from multiple disciplinary or personal perspectives and integrate findings in creative and useful ways
CII.2.4 Test the value of different patterns, frameworks and methods for exploring and addressing complex challenges
CII.2.5 Interrogate and generate ways to create value and evaluate outcomes
CII.2.6 Examine, articulate and appreciate the speculative or actual value of outcomes for different stakeholders, communities or cultures over time
CII.3.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that are inclusive of and mine for ideas from diverse disciplines
CII.3.2 Design, develop and apply appropriate team-based decision making frameworks and participate collaboratively in teams according to proposed intentions
CII.3.3 Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi-disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts
CII.3.4 Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and persuasively to a diverse team or audience
CII.3.5 Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive
CII.3.6 Recognise problems, challenges and opportunities that require transdisciplinary practices and assemble relevant teams to begin dealing with those problems, challenges and opportunities
CII.4.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively on them
CII.4.2 Work within different community, organisational or cultural contexts to design and develop ideas, strategies and practices for betterment
CII.4.3 Make decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and with sensitivity to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures
CII.4.4 Take a leadership role in identifying and working to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation
CII.5.1 Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intrapreneurship) or by building a new context (entrepreneurship)
CII.5.2 Explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires
CII.5.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation
CII.5.4 Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact


CII = Creative Intelligence and Innovation course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Admission to the combined degree is on merit according to the admissions policy for the Bachelor of Nursing.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a four-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must gain a minimum of 144 credit points to complete the Bachelor of Nursing and 96 credit points in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation. The creative intelligence and innovation subjects are undertaken in accelerated form within July and Summer sessions. The Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation is not offered as a separate degree, but is completed only in combination with the professional degree program.

Full-time students study four subjects a session incorporating nursing theory, science and clinical practice.

Industrial training/professional practice

This course includes extensive nursing practice, which is a compulsory component. Students undertake nursing professional experience in a variety of healthcare and community settings. Clinical placements occur in blocks each session and are in addition to time spent in the nursing clinical practice laboratories that simulate the clinical environment. Inherent requirements are essential components.

The placements involve morning and evening shifts and in the final year some night duty may occur. The final year of the program has prolonged periods of clinical experience.

All nursing students must adhere to the requirements in the Ministry of Health policy directive, 'PD2018_009 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases', prior to commencement of any clinical practice placements.

The policy should be read in full as it outlines students' obligation for screening and immunisation against certain infectious diseases prior to commencing their clinical placement. Students are asked to provide evidence of their immunity or vaccination status, and screening for tuberculosis (TB) status may also be required prior to the commencement of the first clinical placement. Students should be aware that if they do not meet the requirements of the policy they cannot commence the placement and as a result are not able to complete the course.

Students are also required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check and obtain a National Police Certificate.

In the final year of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, students can undertake between 6 and 12 credit points of internship (work experience) that relates to innovation within their research, career development or core degree specialisations. For students undertaking 12 credit points of internship, international internships may be negotiated. Students may be required to relinquish intellectual property when they opt in to certain industry-related experiences, particularly relating to internships and capstone projects.

Course completion requirements

STM91040 Standard program 144cp
STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Year 1
Autumn session
91562 Health and Homeostasis 1   6cp
92431 Human Life Course Development   6cp
92432 Health and Society   6cp
92430 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 1   6cp
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
91561 Health and Homeostasis 2   6cp
92435 Communication and Diversity   6cp
92434 Professional Identity   6cp
92433 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 2   6cp
Summer session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing   6cp
92437 Nursing Care of the Older Person   6cp
92440 Evidence for Nursing   6cp
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
92438 Medical Surgical Nursing   6cp
92439 Family and Children's Nursing   6cp
92441 Contemporary Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
Summer session
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
92444 Professional Accountability   6cp
92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions   6cp
81522 Innovation Internship A   6cp
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
92448 Leadership for Beginning Practice   6cp
92446 Complex Nursing Care: Mental Health   6cp
81524 Professional Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
81525 Innovation Internship B 6cp  
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81521 Envisioning Futures 6cp  
81528 New Knowledge-making Lab 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91093 Electives 6cp  
Spring session
92445 Integrated Nursing Practice   6cp
92447 Navigating Transition   6cp
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp

Rules and regulations

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes. There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the Bachelor of Nursing. Some domains have a number of sub-domains. The domains are:

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Sensory ability
  • Strength and mobility
  • Sustainable performance.

It is a requirement of this course to complete a number of clinical placements. Clinical placements involve a nursing student going into a clinical setting to undertake the practical components of the course required for registration. If a student has a condition or disability that prevents them from completing a placement, completion of the degree may be hindered. Students should consult the full inherent requirements (461kb PDF).

Professional recognition

This course is subject to accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222