BP032 - Bachelor of Nursing

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Plan: BP032P04 - Bachelor of Nursing
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Nursing
Award abbreviation: BNurs
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 060301
CRICOS code: 023212J

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Purpose of the Program

The overarching aim of the BP032 Bachelor of Nursing Program is to prepare you for entry to professional practice as safe and competent clinicians within the framework of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council RN Standards for Practice (2016).  The Bachelor of Nursing Program offers a comprehensive curriculum inclusive of, but not limited by, the provision of education in relation to acute, tertiary and primary health care across the lifespan and in a range of contexts. There is a special focus in the curriculum on Indigenous health, palliative care and mental health nursing.  

Within the framework of a rich and diverse learning and teaching environment the Bachelor of Nursing Program graduates will achieve the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council RN Standards for Practice (2016) as reflected in the Program Learning Outcomes statement. 

BP032 Bachelor of Nursing requires on campus attendance. Some courses  may include on-line learning and teaching components. Work integrated learning (WIL) is a feature of the program. In Professional Experience Practice courses ( (NURS2092 PEP 1, NURS1150 PEP 2, NURS1151 PEP 3, NURS1152 PEP 4 and NURS1153 PEP 5) you will undertake  supervised professional placements in  prearranged clinical settings for a prescribed period of time. Specific learning outcomes will be achieved over the period of your WIL experience. At all times you will undertake nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse and function within your scope of practice as an undergraduate nurse.

NURS2155 Preparation for Practice and Leadership is a capstone course in which you will integrate  knowledge, skills and their application from your previous nursing studies and prepare your transition from undergraduate student to practising Registered Nurse.  





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    Articulation and pathways

    Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

    You may gain entry into the BP032P04D2 plan of this program from the:Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612)
    For selection you must also:


    • be available to commence the BP032 nursing program in early February each year.
    • be registered as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board
    • provide a current police records check, Working with Children card and evidence of appropriate immunization requirements by January 31st of the year of your enrolment.


    and if selected you will get credit for:8 Courses, 96 Credit Points (equivalent to 2 Semesters  or 1 Year Full-time)
    The Courses for which you will get credit are:


    1. Introduction to Nursing Studies NURS2193
    2. Foundations for Nursing Practice  NURS1125
    3. Biomedical and Physical Sciences 1 BIOL2062 
    4. Nursing Practice and Lifespan Development NURS2149
    5. Biomedical and Physical Sciences 2 BIOL1215 
    6. Altered States of Health  NURS1127
    7. Professional Experience Practice 1 NURS2092 
    8. Professional Experience Practice 2 NURS1150


    Students who enter the Bachelor of Nursing course from a Certificate IV  in Nursing will be individually mapped for RPL. 

    Note: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and RMIT University requirements related to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will apply.

    You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs after successfully completing this program and upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with the Admissions Officer of your program of choice.

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    Entrance requirements


    Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

    For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page

    Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 1 and 2 - Mathematics (any), or units 3 and 4 — Mathematics (any); and units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

    English language requirements
    A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   
    For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

    International students need to demonstrate an IELTS of 7 across all bands to be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

    Non year 12 applicants

    Eligible non year 12 applicants who do not have an ATAR, or a grade point average (GPA) for tertiary results, may sit the STAT Multiple Choice and must achieve a percentile of at least 35 or greater (see VTAC Admissions Tests http://www.vtac.edu.au/admissions-tests/stat/need-stat/inst-use-stat.html ). Other eligible non-year 12 applicants who wish to supplement their academic record may choose to sit the STAT test.

    NOTE: Semester Two entry is only available to applicants with advanced standing and applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

    The program entry requirements represent the minimum standard an applicant must satisfy to be eligible for selection. If an applicant satisfies the program entry requirements, however, this is not a guarantee that the applicant will be selected, it merely qualifies the applicant for selection. The minimum level of achievement in previous study which is required of successful applicants may be higher than the minimum as stated in the program entry requirements.


    Working With Children Check: Students must hold a valid Working With Children Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this course.

    Police Check: Students must present evidence of a successful National Police Records Checkprior to undertaking the clinical components of this course.

    Immunisation Policy: Students must be adequately vaccinated prior to undertaking the clinical components of this course.

    Failure to obtain satisfactory checks may result in students being unable to complete this program.

    Inherent requirements

    In order to achieve the required nursing competencies, Bachelor of Nursing students are required to:

    • have the use of vision, hearing, smell, and touch to accurately elicit information about patients
    • coordinate gross and fine muscular movements and sensory perception to perform nursing and emergency treatments.
    • manage their own behaviour and emotions to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care.
    • apply critical inquiry, problem solving and reflection to develop sound professional judgements.


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    External accreditation and industry links

    The Bachelor of Nursing Program is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an “entry to nursing practice” program. Successful completion of the requirements of this program will enable RMIT graduates to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse in Australia. The title” nurse” is protected under Commonwealth legislation and only those graduates of accredited programs have the right of registration and to subsequently use the title “nurse.”   Graduates may seek international registration providing the successful completion of appropriate documentation to meet the specified requirements of the country concerned.

    Graduates seeking to practise in Australia must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse.  To be eligible to register, graduates from countries where English is not the first or only language will be required to provide evidence of English language competence, e.g. minimum IELTS score of 7.0 in each of the four bands.  Applicants should refer to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website for further information.

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    Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

    Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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    Library, IT and specialist resources

    Library resources and services

    As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

    Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

    Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

    The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

    You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

    Online learning tools and content

    You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

    Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

    RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

    Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

    • transition to tertiary study and learning
    • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
    • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
    • career development and employment
    • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
    • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
    • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

    We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.

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