C10417v1 Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Languages and CulturesAward(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 intended learning outcomes
Course duration and attendance
Course completion requirements
Rules and regulations
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.
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 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.
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.1.1||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.4.1||Value Indigenous knowledges, Language and sovereignty in Australian and international contexts|
|LC.5.1||Develop capacity to engage ethically with current issues in Australian and international settings|
|LC.6.1||Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English|
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:
- the TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) or the TAFE Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), or
- 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; or CAE: 176-184.
Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.
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.
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.
The TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) and work experience do not satisfy the university's English proficiency requirements.
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.
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|
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|
|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|
|92433 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 2||6cp|
|92435 Communication and Diversity||6cp|
|92434 Professional Identity||6cp|
|91561 Health and Homeostasis 2||6cp|
|92437 Nursing Care of the Older Person||6cp|
|92440 Evidence for Nursing||6cp|
|97601 German Language and Culture 1||8cp|
|976001 Foundations in International Studies||8cp|
|92441 Contemporary Indigenous Health and Wellbeing||6cp|
|92439 Family and Children's Nursing||6cp|
|97602 German Language and Culture 2||8cp|
|92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing||6cp|
|91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1||6cp|
|97603 German Language and Culture 3||8cp|
|92438 Medical Surgical Nursing||6cp|
|91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2||6cp|
|97604 German Language and Culture 4||8cp|
|976421 Contemporary Germany||8cp|
|977420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany||24cp|
|978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany||24cp|
|92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical||6cp|
|92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions||6cp|
|92444 Professional Accountability||6cp|
|Select 6 credit points from the following:||6cp|
|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
- 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.
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