BP032 - Bachelor of Nursing

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Plan: BP032P04D2 - 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 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.  While most courses in the program are delivered on campus, others are delivered online.  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

    Applicants for the Bachelor of Nursing program (Plan BP032P04D2) who can demonstrate satisfactory completion of the nationally accredited Diploma of Nursing (HTL54115) and are registered with the NMBA as an Enrolled Nurse prior to their application will be eligible for 96 credit points (=8 courses). However international applicants whose first language is not English must also:

    • have entered the Diploma of Nursing with an IELTS or at least 7.0 (with no band less than 7.0); or
    • present evidence of an IEL TS Academic Test score of at least 7.0 (with no band less than 7.0), or equivalent test score, gained within the two years before the date they submit their application to commence BP032 Bachelor of Nursing; and
    • present evidence of registration with the NMBA.

    For English 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

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

    • NURS1125 Principles and Practice of Nursing 1
    • BIOL2480 Introduction to Human Biosciences
    • ONPS2649 Therapeutics for Nursing 1 (Nursing Concepts)
    • NURS1127 Principles and Practice of Nursing 2
    • PHAR1017 Essentials of Health Care Practice
    • BIOL2483 Systems Physiology
    • NURS2092 Professional Experience Practice 1
    • 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. Further information on NMBA Registration Standard: English Language Skill:

    NB: While the total number of credits equals 96 credits points (= 1 years of study), the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed 2 years.

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

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    Entrance requirements


    Academic Requirement:

    Satisfactory completion of the nationally accredited Diploma of Nursing (HTL54115) and be registered as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    The registered block pathway with ANMAC only includes HLT54115: all other entrants need to be individually assessed and mapped into BP032P04D2 Bachelor of Nursing.

    English Language Requirement:

    The English language requirements in the new Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards will require all students (Domestic and International) to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English skills registration standard prior to enrolling in the program. Applicants should refer to the NMBA website for further information https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/registration-standards/english-language-skills.aspx

    To be eligible to register, all students 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 or five (5) years (full-time equivalent) education as continuous education.  Applicants should refer to the NMBA website for further information https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/FAQ/fact-sheet-english-language-skills-registration-standard.aspx

    Graduates seeking to practise in Australia must register with the Australia Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse. 

    For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, go to https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/country-equivalency

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


    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 Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) 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 (NMBA) as a Registered Nurse in Australia. When applying for registration, in addition to completing the Bachelor of Nursing program, graduates will need to meet all registration standards set by the NMBA. Refer to the NMBA Registration Standards for further information.

    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've successfully completed  appropriate documentation to meet the specified requirements of the country concerned.

    The program maintains a strong Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) consisting of representation from the Industry and the broader community.

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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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