University of Technology Sydney

C10467v1 Bachelor of Health Care

Award(s): Bachelor of Health Care (BHCare)
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. See the Course transfer page for further details.

This course is not offered to international students.

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


This course is an exit degree for the Bachelor of Nursing. It is run by the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty of Health. It is intended for students who have completed at least 2 years study in the Bachelor of Nursing program (standard) and who are unable to progress in the clinical component of their studies due to extenuating circumstances, for example ill health. Students study 2 years of the Bachelor of Nursing program. Their final year includes the 3rd year nursing theory subjects and electives from the Bachelor of Health Science program. They complete the requisite number of subjects to reach 144 credit points.

This course is an exit degree for the Bachelor of Nursing. It presents an opportunity for students who are unable to progress with the clinical component of their studies to complete an undergraduate qualification. Traditionally students who are unable to progress would look to transfer to another course, however given the unique structure of the Bachelor of Nursing there is limited opportunity for recognition of prior learning. The Bachelor of Health Care option means that the student complete an undergraduate qualification in a shorter period of time at a reduced cost. Enrolment in this course is by invitation only. It is not available for direct entry or transfer.

Course aims

This course in an exit degree for the Bachelor of Nursing. The aim of this course is to allow students who are unable to progress with the clinical component of their studies to complete an undergraduate qualification. This enables them to progress to post graduate study and/or employment in the health care sector. Students graduate with skills from both the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Health Science, with the exception of clinical competency. This course does not lead to registration as a Registered Nurse with Ahpra.

Career options

Career options include positions within the health care sector, for example health promotion, planning and policy, and research. This would include opportunities in the state and federal government as well as other sectors in health care.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 The ability to plan care that is respectful of each individuals’ needs, values and life experiences.
1.1 Demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between person centred care and patient safety.
1.2 Advocates for people, if required, to ensure that their cultural values and needs are respected.
2.0 The embodiment of a professional disposition that is ethical, equitable and legal in its focus.
2.1 Demonstrates a commitment to social justice, valuing diversity and seeking to address disadvantage and inequity in healthcare.
2.2 Demonstrates leadership and the moral courage
3.0 The ability to communicate and collaborate safely, compassionately and respectfully.
3.1 The ability to communicate compassionately and respectfully.
3.2 Demonstrates an understanding of the link between communication and patient safety.
3.3 Works in partnership with stakeholders toward common goals in healthcare.
4.0 The ability to identify, appraise and incorporate the best available evidence in healthcare.
4.1 Uses information and communication technologies to access valid sources of evidence.
4.2 Accesses, appraises and critiques multiple sources of evidence related to healthcare.
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 issues in healthcare.
6.1 Uses creative and rigorous thinking skills to identify and address novel and emergent healthcare problems.

Course duration and attendance

City campus on a full-time basis over three years and a part-time basis over six 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.

Course completion requirements

STM91719 Level 1 stream 48cp
STM91720 Level 2 stream 48cp
STM91721 Level 3 stream 30cp
CBK92154 Level 3 Options 18cp
Total 144cp

Course program

Programs are presented below for standard full-time and part-time attendance.

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 Health Care. 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.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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