BP032 - Bachelor of Nursing

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Plan: BP032P04D2 - Bachelor of Nursing
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Overview

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 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse 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 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse 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 (PEP) 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. 

This program requires on-campus attendance.  The program is delivered full time, in face-to-face mode, supported by various blended learning activities (including on-line). 

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    Articulation and pathways

    Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from your program  to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements into the Bachelor of Nursing program (BP032P04D2).

    a) Applicants who can demonstrate satisfactory completion of the nationally accredited Diploma of Nursing ( HTL54115) within the twelve months prior to their application will be eligible for 96 credit points (=8 courses) into the  Bachelor of Nursing. These applicants do not require registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). However international applicants whose first language is not English must either a) present an IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0), or equivalent test score, gained within the two years before the date they submit their application to commence BP032 Bachelor of Nursing; or b) must have entered their Diploma of Nursing program on the basis of an IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0), or equivalent test score. 

    For English language test equivalents go to: https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements/english-language-proficiency-tests

    b) Applicants who  have successfully completed C5313 (HLT51612) and C5246 (HLT51607) Diploma of Nursing (graded competent in all courses) more than twelve months but less than 10 years prior to their application will be eligible for individual credit mapping (8 courses, 96 credit points) into the Bachelor of Nursing program. These applicants must be registered as an enrolled Nurse with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBA) in order to qualify for selection. International applicants will have met the NMBA Registration Standard for English Language Skills 

    c) Applicants  who have successfully completed the (HLT43407) Certificate IV in Nursing (graded competent in all courses) less than 10 years prior to their application will be eligible for individual credit mapping (6 courses, 72 credit points) into the Bachelor of Nursing program. These applicants must be registered as an enrolled Nurse with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBA) in order to qualify for selection. International applicants will have met the NMBA Registration Standard for English Language Skills 

    The courses for which applicants will be eligible to seek credit are:

    1.    PHAR1017 Essentials of Health Care Practice

    2.    NURS1125 Foundations  of Nursing Practice

    3.    BIOL2062 Biomedical and Physical Science 1

    4.    NURS2149 Nursing Practice and Lifespan Development

    5.    BIOL1215 Biomedical and Physical Science 2

    6.    NURS1127 Altered States of Health

    7.    NURS2092 Professional Experience Practice 1

    8.    NURS1150 Professional Experience Practice 2

    Note: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and RMIT University policy related to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will apply. For further information on NMBA Registration Standard: English Language Skill: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx

    N.B Applicants must be available to commence Bachelor of Nursing studies in early February or early July (when mid-year intake available).

    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 Program Manager of your program of choice.

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    Entrance requirements

    PROGRAM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    Academic Requirement:

    Satisfactory completion of the nationally accredited Diploma of Nursing (HTL51612, HTL51607 or HTL54115) or Certificate IV in Nursing (HLT43407) within the past ten years. Applicants graduating from the Diploma within twelve months prior to their application do not require registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    Applicants graduating from the Diploma or Certificate  more than twelve months but less than ten years prior to their application must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    English Language Requirement:

    International applicants whose first language is not English and are not already registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) must either a) present an IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0), or equivalent test score, gained within the two years before the date they submit their application to commence BP032 Bachelor of Nursing; or b) have entered their Diploma of Nursing program on the basis of an IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0), or equivalent test score. 

    For English language test equivalents go to: https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements/english-language-proficiency-tests

    For further information on NMBA Registration Standard: English Language Skill: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx

     

    SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS

    Early start date: This program commences in early February. Successful applicants must be prepared to start classes in early February.

    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 Check prior 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

     

    For futher information on inherent requirements please go to:  https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/applying-to-rmit/local-student-applications/entry-requirements/inherent-requirements.

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    External accreditation and industry links

    The Bachelor of Nursing Program is accredited 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 they have successfully completed 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
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    • 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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