University of Technology Sydney

C10417v1 Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Languages and Cultures

Award(s): Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
Bachelor of Languages and Cultures (BLangCultures)

CRICOS code: 103097G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


English Language requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing and selection criteria for the Enrolled Nurse program are changing for admission in 2021. For 2021 admissions requirements see 2021 Admission Requirements.

Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated Graduate Entry program is not available from 2021

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing (standard and accelerated program) before 2016 should refer to the course description in the 2015 handbook.

Course aims
Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent (essential) requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Other information


The Bachelor of Languages and Cultures offers students studies in languages other than English, culture and society focused on developing their intercultural and linguistic capabilities. It also offers a capstone subject that allows students to design and carry out a small-scale research project that requires them to apply their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge.

The combined Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Languages and Cultures provides students with intercultural and linguistic skills that raise their awareness of the international implications of the Bachelor of Nursing, and 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. Students develop an understanding and awareness of a language other than English languages and another culture and refine their intercultural skills. Students also develop their professional skills in writing, research and evaluation.

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.

Course aims

The course aims to prepare graduates who are independent lifelong learners to be 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.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 The ability to plan and provide care that is respectful of each individuals’ needs, values and life experiences
1.1 Demonstrates an ability to provide holistic and compassionate care that takes into account peoples’ lived experience, views and feelings.
1.2 Works in partnership with patients including them in decisions related to their care.
1.3 Advocates for people, if required, to ensure that their cultural values and needs are respected.
2.0 The embodiment of a professional disposition committed to ethical, equitable and legal nursing practice
2.1 Demonstrates accountability and responsibility while working within professional codes and standards.
2.2 Demonstrates a commitment to social justice, valuing diversity and seeking to address disadvantage and inequity in healthcare.
2.3 Demonstrates leadership and the moral courage needed to improve patient outcomes, staff well-being and organisational cultures.
3.0 The ability to communicate and collaborate safely, compassionately and respectfully
3.1 Demonstrates the ability to develop therapeutic relationships while maintaining professional boundaries.
3.2 Communicates and educates patients in ways that are appropriate to their level of health literacy.
3.3 Works in partnership with healthcare providers and other stakeholders toward common goals that prioritise patients’ values, needs and preferences.
4.0 The ability to provide patient care premised on the best available evidence
4.1 Uses information and communication technologies to access valid sources of evidence.
4.2 Accesses, appraises and critiques multiple sources of evidence and transfers knowledge to practice.
4.3 Accesses, appraises and critiques multiple sources of evidence and transfers knowledge to practice.
5.0 Professional cultural competence that contributes to the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of their physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing
5.1 Discusses how colonisation and racism impacts the current health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians
5.2 Adapts practice to accommodate Indigenous Australians’ cultural needs and values.
5.3 Avoids generalisations and stereotypes when discussing the diversity of Indigenous Australians.
6.0 The intellectual capacity to use theoretical knowledge to address complex and non-routine clinical issues
6.1 Uses creative and rigorous thinking skills to identify and address novel and emergent healthcare problems.
6.2 Uses clinical reasoning skills to accurately assess, interpret and respond to patient data in a systematic and timely manner.
6.3 Critically reflects on and learns from previous experiences to improve future practice.
7.0 The knowledge and skills required for safe and effective patient care
7.1 Demonstrates technical and non-technical skills in the provision of safe effective, legal and ethical nursing care.
7.2 Recognises and responds to human and systems factors that have the potential to jeopardise patient safety.
7.3 Maintains capability to practice taking responsibility for personal factors that have the potential to negatively impact patient safety.
LC.1.0 Professional Readiness
LC.1.1 Employ effective intercultural strategies to operate within professional settings
LC.2.0 Creative & Critical Inquiry
LC.2.1 Conduct independent research into contemporary societies and cultures
LC.2.2 Evaluate research findings and creatively use research methods for international and intercultural studies
LC.3.0 International and Intercultural Engagement
LC.3.1 Reflect on and use knowledge of contemporary societies to engage with diverse cultures
LC.3.2 Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language
LC.4.0 Indigenous Competencies
LC.4.1 Value Indigenous knowledges, Language and sovereignty in Australian and international contexts
LC.5.0 Active Citizenship
LC.5.1 Develop capacity to engage ethically with current issues in Australian and international settings
LC.6.0 Effective Communication
LC.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English

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.

The requirements specified above apply to the standard, three-year mode of the course. The accelerated program has the following requirements.

  • Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated: Enrolled Nurse Certificate or Diploma Entry: applicants must have completed and commenced their studies in or after 2012 in either:
    1. the TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) or the TAFE Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), or
    2. an Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) approved Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) or Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) leading to eligibility to enrol as a nurse with AHPRA.

Hospital-trained enrolled nurses are not eligible for the accelerated course. Successful applicants are given advanced standing (eight subjects = 48 credit points) for their previous studies and are able to complete the course in two years full time with no pre-session or summer schools. Students who receive block credit of 48 credit points are not eligible for any further credit reduction against their course of study.

As part of its duty of care to patients and clients receiving health care in NSW, anyone who works in a NSW public health facility must first undergo a criminal record check. You must provide UTS with either evidence that a criminal record check has been conducted on you in your country, or a statutory declaration that you have no criminal record in your country of residence or in any country you have resided in. Participation in screening and vaccination against infectious diseases are prerequisites for students undertaking clinical placements in health facilities.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Local students

The UTS Year 12 Adjustment Factor Scheme awards adjustment factors to students based on their performance in selected high school subjects that are relevant to the course they have applied for.

International students

Applicants to the standard three-year course who have successfully completed a recognised pathway program in Australia can also apply.

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.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Bachelor of International Studies Diploma in Languages Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.


The TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) and work experience do not satisfy the university's English proficiency requirements.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Any two units of science and any two units of mathematics are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

The Bachelor of Nursing is offered at City campus on a full-time basis over three years and a part-time basis over six years.

The Accelerated Program: Graduate Entry is offered at City campus on a full-time basis over two years and a part-time basis over four years, including a pre-session school in February at commencement and Summer session.

The Accelerated Program: Enrolled Nurse is offered at City campus on a full-time basis over two years and a part-time basis over four years.

Course structure

The course comprises 144 credit points, made up of nursing theory, science and clinical practice in a range of health facilities. Full-time students study four subjects per session and part-time students study two subjects per session.

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 Employment Checks – Criminal Record Checks and Working with Children Checks.

Course completion requirements

CBK91972 Language Major Choice 96cp
STM91471 Standard Program 144cp
Total 240cp

Course program

Programs are presented below for standard full-time and part-time attendance, as well as for the Accelerated, Enrolled Nurses and Accelerated, Graduate Entry programs.

Standard, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
92430 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 1   6cp
92431 Human Life Course Development   6cp
91562 Health and Homeostasis 1   6cp
92432 Health and Society   6cp
Spring session
92435 Communication and Diversity   6cp
92434 Professional Identity   6cp
91561 Health and Homeostasis 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92440 Evidence for Nursing   6cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
Spring session
92439 Family and Children's Nursing   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Spring session
92438 Medical Surgical Nursing   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical   6cp
92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions   6cp
92444 Professional Accountability   6cp
Spring session
92445 Integrated Nursing Practice   6cp
92446 Complex Nursing Care: Mental Health   6cp
92447 Navigating Transition   6cp
92448 Leadership for Beginning Practice   6cp

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)


The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (C09018) is available to eligible students with an additional year of full-time study, or two years of part-time study.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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