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Bachelor of Nursing (BNSG) - BN

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Charleville Hub (Toowoomba campus: 916391); Enrolled Nurse Entry (Toowoomba campus: 906491; External: 906495; Ipswich campus: 936491); Unspecified (Toowoomba campus: 906391; External: 906395; Ipswich campus: 936391)

CRICOS code (International applicants): 093153B

Note for domestic applicants: The main QTAC codes for the Bachelor of Nursing program are 906391, 906395, and 936391. Applicants who hold a Diploma of Nursing from an accredited Australian Provider and are an Enrolled Nurse must apply for the Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry) pathway, using QTAC codes 906491, 906495, and 936491.

 On-campus#External#*
Start:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Ipswich, Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
Residential school:Toowoomba or Ipswich campus 
Standard duration:3 years full-time or 6 years part-time 
Footnotes
#All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical practice within this program (see program rules below).
* Enrolment externally in the Bachelor of Nursing is not available to International students.

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Future Australian and New Zealand students  Future International students  Current students 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Email: international@usq.edu.au 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
Email: usq.support@usq.edu.au 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

USQ strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Students interested in a career in nursing should contact the Indigenous Coordinator in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at study@usq.edu.au for information on guidance and support and to discuss entry pathways.

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Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Nursing at USQ is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and is listed as an approved program with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Professional Recognition

To gain registration as a nurse, graduates of this program will have to satisfy registration criteria of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

To gain registration, applicants will also have to meet standards in English language skills (if English is their second language), criminal history, and professional indemnity insurance. To maintain registration, nurses are also required to meet standards of Continuing Professional Development and Recency of Practice. All of these standards can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website: NMBA Registration Standards.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will keep a register of students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing for the duration of their study or clinical training. USQ as the education provider will pass on students' details directly to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for registration. No fees are required. USQ is also obliged to report to AHPRA when there is a ‘reasonable belief’ that a student has an impairment that, when undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm. Further details are available at the AHPRA website.

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Nursing provides the graduate with the nursing knowledge and skills to apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as a Division 1 Registered Nurse.

Program Rules

Students are required to:

  • satisfactorily complete 24 credit points (25 mandatory courses) as listed in the standard progression to graduate from the program.

  • satisfactorily complete all courses within 6 years.

  • maintain satisfactory academic achievement throughout the duration of the program consistent with the USQ Student Academic Progress Procedure.

  • attempt and submit all assessment items in a course.

  • satisfactorily complete 100% of clinical placement hours as specified by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

  • meet all mandatory course requirements including - mandatory residential school or clinical laboratory requirements where this is present in courses.

  • meet the requirements for student registration according to the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency AHPRA for the duration of the program.

  • Ensure that they are aware of the need to meet the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing Program.


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Program objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing will be able to:

  1. direct their own learning and understand the NMBA Scope of Practice of Registered Nurses as responsible, reflective lifelong learners

  2. apply clinical reasoning and clinical management using the nursing process and the best available evidence to provide safe, person-centred nursing care

  3. demonstrate exemplary communication and interpersonal relationships working and leading intra-professional and interdisciplinary teams

  4. plan, provide and evaluate comprehensive, safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing care across multiple contexts and populations that meets NMBA Professional Standards of Practice.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 07. Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View UniSQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65.6, or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject Pre-requisite: English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 4.


Applicants are advised to also address the following:

  • Recommended Prior Study: General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent and one of Biological Science, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent.


Diploma of Nursing (up to 5 years)

  • Prospective students to hold NMBA Enrolled Nursing (EN) registration. ENs will be required to provide evidence of Registration in their application and upon enrolment.


Diploma of Nursing (completed more than 5 years previously)

  • Additional evidence of currency of practice is required (employer letter, resume, professional development).

  • Prospective students to hold NMBA Enrolled Nurse registration. ENs will be required to provide evidence of Registration in their application and upon enrolment.


EN note: ENs with notations or conditions on their AHPRA registration will be individually assessed for eligibility for EN admission or exemptions.

Satisfaction of admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within the Bachelor of Nursing are limited by quota. Quota size is determined by the availability of clinical placements. Where the quota is filled, no further places will be offered.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. If students do not meet the English Language requirements they will be required to submit a formal English Language test result that meets the NMBA minimal requirements prior to program entry.

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These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2021 ATAR and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Adjustment factors may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your entrance rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about UniSQ's Adjustment Factors carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that must be met in order to complete the program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

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Requirements for professional experience placements

Practical experience is an integral component of the program and each student is required to undertake and satisfactorily complete 840 hours of practical experience.

Progression into practical courses is dependent upon a pass grade in theoretical and other courses which have been set as prerequisites.

Applicants must be willing to undertake and submit the requirements of the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland Health for practical placement. Please refer to the applicable Professional Practice Experience Handbook for Nursing and Midwifery Students.

Mandatory Documents required prior to commencing ANY clinical placements in the program:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check

  • Australian Police Certificate

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR)

  • USQ Student Declaration

  • Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist

  • Queensland Health Student Deed Poll

  • Queensland Health iLearn Modules


All students must also provide the following immunisation evidence prior to commencing clinical placements:

  • Hepatitis B immunisation evidence

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunisation evidence

  • Varicella immunisation evidence

  • Pertussis immunisation evidence

  • Influenza immunisation evidence

  • Tuberculosis Risk Assessment

  • COVID-19 vaccinations as directed by health services


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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedules.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedule

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedules.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Nursing consists of 24 credit points (25 courses) as listed in the standard progression for commencing students.

The Bachelor of Nursing is an integrated curriculum, which provides foundational knowledge and then builds on this with a mix of theory, clinical simulation and professional placements. Pre-requisite courses are strict requirements for professional placement courses. Students need to ensure their enrolment aligns with established enrolment patterns (full or part-time). Students who enrol outside these enrolment patterns can expect significant challenges in scheduling on-campus requirements (weekly classes or residential schools) with the requirements of professional placements.

Core Courses  Semester(s) Offered 
Twmba  Ipsw  EXT  ONL 
NSC1501 Bioscience for Health Professionals  1,2  1,2  1,2   
NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health  1,2  1,2    1,2 
NUR1100 Introduction to Nursing  1,2  1,2  1,2   
NUR1102 Literacies and Communication for Health Care  1,2  1,2    1,2 
NUR1103 Context of Professional Nursing Practice  1,2  1,2    1,2 
NUR1120 Burden of Disease and Health Equity  1,2  1,2    1,2 
NUR1203 Cultural Safety and Professional Practice        1,2 
NUR1204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health        1,2 
NUR1398 Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory  1,2  1,2  1,2   
NUR1399 Foundations of Nursing Practice  1,2  1,2     
NUR2101 Episodes of Care A  1,2  1,2    1,2 
NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A  1,2  1,2  1,2   
NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan  1,2  1,2    1,2 
NUR2203 Episodes of Care B  1,2  1,2    1,2 
NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B  1,2  1,2  1,2   
NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A  1,2,3  1,2,3     
NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B  1,2,3  1,2,3     
NUR3020 Professional Transitions      1,2   
NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk      1,2   
NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice  1,2,3  1,2,3     
NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice        1,2 
NUR3397 Complex Care A      1,2   
NUR3398 Complex Care B      1,2   
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice  1,2,3  1,2,3     
NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice  1,2,3  1,2,3     
NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice  1,2,3  1,2,3     

Requirements to complete the program

Students are required to satisfactorily complete all courses within 3 years for full-time students and up to 6 years for part-time students. Some courses have mandatory attendance requirements. To satisfactorily complete the clinical courses, students must participate in the required hours of clinical practice offered at off-campus venues and satisfactorily demonstrate the learning objectives of these courses.

Standard Enrolment - BNSG Bachelor of Nursing Standard 3 year progression - Semester 1 start

Semester 1  Semester 2 
Year 1 
NSC1501 Bioscience for Health Professionals  NUR1203 Cultural Safety and Professional Practice  
NUR1100 Introduction to Nursing   NUR1398 Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory ^ 
NUR1399 Foundations of Nursing Practice ^ 
NUR1102 Literacies and Communication for Health Care  NUR1204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health  
NUR1103 Context of Professional Nursing Practice  NUR1120 Burden of Disease and Health Equity  
Year 2  
NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health   NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A  
NUR2101 Episodes of Care A  NUR2203 Episodes of Care B  
NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A   NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B  
NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan  NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice  
Year 3 
NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B  NUR3020 Professional Transitions  
NUR3397 Complex Care A  NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk  
NUR3398 Complex Care B  NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice # 
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice # 
NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice   NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice#~ 

Footnotes
^0.5 unit course
#This course must be completed in the final semester of this program. Students choose either NUR3299 and NUR3499 OR NUR3799 (2 unit course).
~International students should discuss with Program Director before enrolling

Standard Enrolment - BNSG Bachelor of Nursing - Semester 2 start (3 years)

Semester 1  Semester 2 
Year 1 
  NSC1501 Bioscience for Health Professionals  
  NUR1100 Introduction to Nursing 
  NUR1102 Literacies and Communication for Health Care 
  NUR1103 Context of Professional Nursing Practice 
Year 2 
NUR1203 Cultural Safety and Professional Practice   NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health 
NUR1398 Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory^  NUR2101 Episodes of Care A  
NUR1399 Foundations of Nursing Practice^ 
NUR1204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health   NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A 
NUR1120 Burden of Disease and Health Equity   NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan 
Year 3 
NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A   NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B 
NUR2203 Episodes of Care B   NUR3397 Complex Care A 
NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B  NUR3398 Complex Care B 
NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice   NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice 
Year 4 
NUR3020 Professional Transitions    
NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk    
NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice#   
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice# 
NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice#~   

Footnotes
^0.5 unit course
#This course must be completed in the final semester of this program. Students choose either NUR3299 and NUR3499 OR NUR3799 (2 unit course).
~International students should discuss with Program Director before enrolling

Standard Enrolment - BNSG Bachelor of Nursing - Semester 2 start (3.5 years)

Semester 1  Semester 2 
Year 1 
  NSC1501 Bioscience for Health Professionals  
  NUR1100 Introduction to Nursing  
  NUR1102 Literacies and Communication for Health Care  
Year 2 
NUR1103 Context of Professional Nursing Practice   NUR1120 Burden of Disease and Health Equity  
NUR1398 Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory^  NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health 
NUR1399 Foundations of Nursing Practice^ 
NUR1204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health   NUR2101 Episodes of Care A  
NUR1203 Cultural Safety and Professional Practice  NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A  
Year 3 
NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan  NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice  
NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A  NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B  
NUR2203 Episodes of Care B  NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice  
NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B   
Year 4 
NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk  NUR3020 Professional Transitions  
NUR3397 Complex Care A   NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice# 
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice# 
NUR3398 Complex Care B  NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice #~ 

Footnotes
^0.5 unit course
#This course must be completed in the final semester of this program. Students choose either NUR3299 and NUR3499 OR NUR3799 (2 unit course).
~International students should discuss with Program Director before enrolling

Enrolment - BNSG Bachelor of Nursing over 4 years

Semester 1  Semester 2 
Year 1 
NSC1501 Bioscience for Health Professionals  NUR1103 Context of Professional Nursing Practice  
NUR1100 Introduction to Nursing   NUR1203 Cultural Safety and Professional Practice  
NUR1102 Literacies and Communication for Health Care   NUR1398 Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory ^  
NUR1399 Foundations of Nursing Practice ^  
Year 2 
NUR1204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health   NUR2101 Episodes of Care A  
NUR1120 Burden of Disease and Health Equity  NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A  
NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health   NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan  
Year 3 
NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A  NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice  
NUR2203 Episodes of Care B  NUR3397 Complex Care A  
NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B  NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B  
Year 4 
NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk   NUR3020 Professional Transitions  
NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice   NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice# 
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice# 
NUR3398 Complex Care B  NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice #~ 

Footnotes
^0.5 unit course
#This course must be completed in the final semester of this program. Students choose either NUR3299 and NUR3499 OR NUR3799 (2 unit course).
~International students should discuss with Program Director before enrolling

Part-time Enrolment - BNSG Bachelor of Nursing over 6 years

Semester 1  Semester 2 
Year 1 
NUR1102 Literacies and Communication for Health Care  NSC1501 Bioscience for Health Professionals  
NUR1103 Context of Professional Nursing Practice   NUR1100 Introduction to Nursing  
Year 2 
NUR1203 Cultural Safety and Professional Practice  NUR1204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health  
NUR1398 Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory^   NUR1120 Burden of Disease and Health Equity  
NUR1399 Foundations of Nursing Practice^  
Year 3 
NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health   NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan  
NUR2101 Episodes of Care A  NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A  
Year 4 
NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice  NUR2203 Episodes of Care B  
NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A  NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B  
Year 5 
NUR3397 Complex Care A  NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice  
NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B  NUR3398 Complex Care B  
Year 6 
NUR3020 Professional Transitions   NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice# 
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice# 
NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk  NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice #~ 

Footnotes
^0.5 unit course
#This course must be completed in the final semester of this program. Students choose either NUR3299 and NUR3499 OR NUR3799 (2 unit course).
~International students should discuss with Program Director before enrolling

Standard Enrolment - BNSG Bachelor of Nursing Enrolled Nurses (EN) with 8 exemptions - Semester 1 start

(Exemptions: NUR1100; NUR1102; NSC1501; NUR1103; NUR1398/1399; NUR1203; NUR1120; NUR1204)

Semester 1  Semester 2 
Year 1 
NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health  NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A  
NUR2101 Episodes of Care A  NUR2203 Episodes of Care B  
NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A  NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B  
NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan  NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice  
Year 2 
NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice   NUR3020 Professional Transitions  
NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B  NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk  
NUR3397 Complex Care A   NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice# 
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice# 
NUR3398 Complex Care B  NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice #~ 

Footnotes
#This course must be completed in the final semester of this program. Students choose either NUR3299 and NUR3499 OR NUR3799 (2 unit course).
~International students should discuss with Program Director before enrolling

Standard Enrolment - BNSG Bachelor of Nursing Enrolled Nurses (EN) with 8 exemptions - Semester 2 start

(Exemptions: NUR1100; NUR1102; NSC1501; NUR1103; NUR1398/1399; NUR1203; NUR1120; NUR1204)

Semester 1  Semester 2 
Year 1 
  NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health  
  NUR2101 Episodes of Care A  
  NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A  
  NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan  
Year 2 
NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A   NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B  
NUR2203 Episodes of Care B   NUR3397 Complex Care A  
NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B   NUR3398 Complex Care B 
NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice   NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice  
Year 3 
NUR3020 Professional Transitions    
NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk   
NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice #   
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice #   
NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice #~   

Footnotes
#This course must be completed in the final semester of this program. Students choose either NUR3299 and NUR3499 OR NUR3799 (2 unit course).
~International students should discuss with Program Director before enrolling

Part-time Enrolment - BNSG Bachelor of Nursing Enrolled Nurses (EN) with 8 exemptions - Semester 1 start

(Exemptions: NUR1100; NUR1102; NSC1501; NUR1103; NUR1398/1399; NUR1203; NUR1120; NUR1204)

Semester 1  Semester 2 
Year 1 
NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health  NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan  
NUR2101 Episodes of Care A  NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A  
Year 2 
NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice  NUR2203 Episodes of Care B  
NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A  NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B  
Year 3 
NUR3397 Complex Care A   NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice  
NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B  NUR3398 Complex Care B  
Year 4 
NUR3020 Professional Transitions   NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice# 
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice# 
NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk  NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice #~ 

Footnotes
#This course must be completed in the final semester of this program. Students choose either NUR3299 and NUR3499 OR NUR3799 (2 unit course).
~International students should discuss with Program Director before enrolling

Standard enrolment pattern Geraldton Universities Students


Please note that GUC course offerings differ from USQ offerings; GUC students should not make selections based on USQ offerings.

Students studying at Geraldton Universities Centre should consult the 'GUC Enrolment Guide', which outlines when courses are offered/supported at GUC. Students seeking to deviate from these offerings should first discuss their plans with the Academic Coordinator for Nursing. Your onward progression may be affected, if you make incorrect course selections without prior consultation.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this program (see program rules above).

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. To find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

NSC1501 Bioscience for Health Professionals

NUR1100 Introduction to Nursing

NUR1398 Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory

NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A

NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B

NUR3397 Complex Care A

NUR3398 Complex Care B

NUR3020 Professional Transitions

NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk

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Credit

Enrolled Nurse/Endorsed Enrolled Nurses

Enrolled Nurses and/or Endorsed Enrolled Nurses applying for exemptions must supply documentation including a copy of their Diploma of Nursing and a copy of their current Enrolment licence from Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Enrolled Nurses or Endorsed Enrolled Nurses with a Diploma of Nursing from a VET institute or equivalent may apply for up to eight exemptions in the Bachelor of Nursing program (two full-time semesters).

Additional supporting documentation is required for a Diploma of Nursing completed outside of 5 years:

  • Proof of current AHPRA registration.

  • Supporting letter from employer to confirm continued employment at EN level.

  • Continued Professional Development - Any In-house Training; Industry certification.


Enrolled Nurses and Endorsed Enrolled Nurses who are completing their qualification at VET should contact study@usq.edu.au for advice on direct articulation pathways from VET and possible exemptions. Exemptions must comply with the university regulations from the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Transfer Students: Students who wish to transfer components of other accredited Bachelor of Nursing programs and students with prior university credit should contact usq.support@usq.edu.au to apply for possible exemptions. Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

International students who have a Registered Nurse qualification from an approved education institution under NOOSR guidelines may apply for exemptions in the program. Please refer to USQ International for information about how to apply.

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Enrolment

The Bachelor of Nursing program is offered with a variety of progressions over full-time or part-time enrolment patterns. Students may also utilise courses offered in Semester 3 to load-spread their program (quotas apply for Semester 3 courses).

The Bachelor of Nursing is an integrated curriculum, which provides foundational knowledge and then builds on this with a mix of theory, clinical simulation and professional placements. Pre-requisite courses are strict requirements for professional placement courses. Students need to ensure their enrolments align with established enrolment patterns. Students who enrol outside these enrolment patterns can expect significant challenges in scheduling on-campus requirements (weekly classes or residential schools) with the requirements of professional placements.

External Study

External enrolment in the Bachelor of Nursing requires significant on-campus commitments including residential schools (Toowoomba and Ipswich campus) in most semesters of up to two weeks duration as well as face-to-face clinical placements. Students must be prepared to travel to clinical placements, and at times this will require periods of living away from home for up to four weeks. Enrolment externally in the Bachelor of Nursing is not available to International students. Visa requirements for International students require significant on-campus attendance.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedResidential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1/Semester 1

NSC1501 Bioscience for Health Professionals11,211,2MEnrolment is not permitted in NSC1501 if BIO1203 has been previously completed
NUR1100 Introduction to Nursing11,211,2MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG
NUR1102 Literacies and Communication for Health Care11,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG
NUR1103 Context of Professional Nursing Practice11,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG Enrolment is not permitted in NUR1103 if NUR1202 has been previously completed

Year 1/Semester 2

NUR1203 Cultural Safety and Professional Practice11,2Pre-requisite: NUR1100 and NUR1102 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG Co-requisite: NUR1103 Enrolment is not permitted in NUR1203 if NUR1201 has been previously completed
NUR1398 Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory^11,211,2MPre-requisite: NUR1100 and NUR1102 and NSC1501 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG Co-requisite: NUR1399 and NUR1103 Enrolment is not permitted in NUR1398 if NUR1299 has been previously completed
NUR1399 Foundations of Nursing Practice^11,211,2Pre-requisite: NUR1100 and NUR1102 and NSC1501 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG Co-requisite: NUR1398 and NUR1103 Enrolment is not permitted in NUR1399 if NUR1299 has been previously completed
NUR1120 Burden of Disease and Health Equity11,211,2Pre-requisite: NUR1100 and NUR1102 and NSC1501 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG
NUR1204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health11,2Pre-requisite: NUR1100 and NUR1102 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG Co-requisite: NUR1103 Enrolment is not permitted in NUR1204 if NUR3030 has been previously completed

Year 2/Semester 1

NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health21,221,2All Students: Pre-requisite: BIO1203 or NSC1501 BNSG Students: Pre-requisite: NUR1100 and NUR1102 and NUR1103 and NUR1120 and NUR1203 and (NUR1398 or NUR1299) and NSC1501 Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: NUR1399
NUR2101 Episodes of Care A21,221,2Pre-requisite: (NUR1398 or NUR1299) and NUR1203 Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: NUR1399
NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A21,221,2MPre-requisite: ((NUR1398 and Pre-requisite or Co-requisite NUR1399) or NUR1299) and NUR1203
NUR2200 Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan21,221,2Pre-requisite: NUR1120 and ((NUR1398 and Pre-requisite or Co-requisite NUR1399) or NUR1299) and NUR1203

Year 2/Semester 2

NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A21,2,3Pre-requisite: ((NUR1398 and NUR1399) or NUR1299) and NUR2102
NUR2203 Episodes of Care B21,221,2Pre-requisite: NSC2500 and NUR2101 and NUR2102
NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice21,2,3Pre-requisite: NUR2200 Co-requisite: NUR2299
NUR2204 Clinical Skills for Practice B 2 1,2 2 1,2 MPre-requisite: NSC2500 and NUR2101 and NUR2102

Year 3/Semester 1

NUR2399 Developing Nursing Practice B31,2,3Pre-requisite: NUR2204 and NUR2299
NUR3398 Complex Care B31,2MPre-requisite: NUR2203 and NUR2204 and NUR2299 Enrolment is not permitted in NUR3398 if NUR2000 and NUR3101 has been previously completed
NUR3397 Complex Care A31,2MPre-requisite: NUR2203 and NUR2204 and NUR2299 Enrolment is not permitted in NUR3397 if NUR2000 and NUR3101 has been previously completed
NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice31,2Pre-requisite: NUR2203 and NUR2204 and NUR2299 Enrolment is not permitted in NUR3300 if NUR2300 has been previously completed

Year 3/Semester 2

NUR3020 Professional Transitions31,2HRPre-requisite: NUR2399 and NUR3300 and NUR3599
NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk 31,2MPre-requisite: NUR2399 and NUR3300 and NUR3599
NUR3299 Contemporary Nursing Practice#31,2,3Pre-requisite: NUR2399 and NUR3300
NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice#31,2,3 Pre-requisite: NUR2399 and NUR3300 Co-requisite: NUR3299
NUR3799 Transition to Rural and Remote Practice#~31,2,3 Pre-requisite: NUR2399 and NUR3599 Enrolment is not permitted in NUR3799 if NUR3299 and NUR3499 has been previously completed

Footnotes
^0.5 unit course
#This course must be completed in the final semester of this program. Students choose either NUR3299 and NUR3499 OR NUR3799 (2 unit course).
~International students should discuss with Program Director before enrolling