Bachelor of Nursing 2012

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Open Universities Australia in partnership with the University of South Australia is offering Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) funded places for the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Therefore students admitted to the degree will be eligible for HECS-HELP rather than FEE-HELP.

This results in some changes to the application and enrolment process. Successful applicants should note that the Bachelor of Nursing is offered according to the UniSA Academic Calendar and not in OUA’s study periods. For further information, please refer to the Application process.

The content of this program has been designed to enable graduates to use a collaborative primary health care and population based approach in the delivery of nursing care in a range of settings and to a range of clientele. This is achieved through an understanding of human biosciences, determinants of health, applied nursing principles and practice, professional standards, teamwork, health partnerships, research and technology. Emphasis is placed on client centred health care in the practice of nursing for a multicultural society in metropolitan, rural and remote clinical settings. Experiential Learning Activities provide opportunities for students to integrate theory to practice and further develop nursing knowledge and clinical decision making skills. The program is also designed to provide graduates with the skills to be lifelong learners and thus able to extend their competence and knowledge through critical analysis and reflection on practice.

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Nursing is intended to cater for those individuals who wish to pursue a career in nursing. The program is a prescribed program for students seeking registration with the Nurses Board of South Australia. The program aims to prepare nurses to be beginning collaborative practitioners, knowledge workers, critical thinkers, planners, coordinators and evaluators of nursing care.

The Bachelor of Nursing also contains pathways for Registered and Enrolled Nurses who have completed pre-registration/enrolment nursing qualifications at the certificate and diploma levels and wish to upgrade to a Bachelors degree. Similarly, a pathway for Bachelor of Midwifery graduates is also included.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nurses Board of South Australia.

Currently a mutual recognition agreement exists between all Australian regulatory authorities.



In order to be eligible for entry, applicants are required to have:

Completed the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE); and

  • completed 200 credits of subjects;
  • achieved a grade of C* or better in the Personal Learning Plan, 20 credits of literacy, 10 credits of numeracy and the Research Project at Stage 2;
  • achieved a grade C- or better in an additional 60 credits at Stage 2;
  • obtained a competitive ATAR.

*For Stage 2 subjects a grade of C- or better is required.

Alternatively, applicants may qualify for entry if they have:

  • completed the equivalent secondary education qualifications as required for university entry under SACE and fulfilled any pre-requisite requirements;
  • completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, obtaining a minimum score of 24 points and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
  • completed or partly completed a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
  • completed at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) undergraduate university level units at the appropriate level and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
  • completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Diploma or above and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
  • qualified for Special Entry and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
  • completed the Health Science stream University Foundation Studies program
  • enrolled nurse with a current practising certificate.

Police Check

To comply with the requirements of the University and placement venues, all students in the Division of Health Sciences who, as part of their program, undertake activities where interaction with patients/ the public is required, such as in field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate that they have an Australian police check which will be current for the duration of that activity. While the University's requirement is for a check once every three years, some venues may require a more recent check.

Police checks can take several weeks or up to 3 months to finalise. Students must ensure that they provide the police check to the Clinical Placement Unit (CPU) by the time requested in the CPU notice to students about the placement. Students will not be permitted to attend placement if the police check has not been provided to the CPU in the required time frame and there are no exceptions to this rule.  

From 2012, in order to make you eligible for placement, the University will accept the National Criminal History Record Check  (NCHRC) conducted by the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI, previously known as the Department for Families and Communities)   Commencing students and students renewing their police check are encouraged to do so through  the NCHRC conducted by DCSI.

Interstate students and interstate placements
Students completing a placement in a state other than South Australia will require a National Police Certificate. As well as providing the CPU with the NPC, students also need to provide a Consent and Authority to Release form . Interstate students may send a certified copy of the NPC with the completed consent form - CPU address is on the consent form.

Additional requirements of aged care organisations as a result of Department of Health and Ageing compliance standards
People who have lived in a country other than Australia for any period of time after the age of 16 must provide a statutory declaration stating they were not convicted of murder or sexual assault, and not convicted of and imprisoned for any other form of assault during their time living overseas. Any such criminal record would exclude the person from working within, or being placed within, an aged care service if they have unsupervised access to care recipients. In addition to the statutory declaration (which a Justice of the Peace can assist with) the person must also have a police check to cover the time (after age 16) that they have lived in Australia.

Senior First Aid Certificate and Annual CPR Update

A Senior First Aid Certificate and an Annual CPR Update are prerequisites for some courses. Students will be expected to have successfully completed a recognised Senior First Aid program before they will be permitted to commence these courses.

How to Apply

Applications open on Saturday 17th November and close Monday 7th January 2013.

On-campus Workshops

Students are required to attend compulsory on-campus intensive workshops/seminars for these courses. Where possible, compulsory on-campus workshops/seminars for courses scheduled in the same study period will be timetabled to minimise the duration that a student is required to be on campus. Further information is available on the School of Nursing and Midwifery website (

Workload expectations

Workload within the program equates to approximately 10 hours per week of study for each 4.5 unit course throughout the study period, and a 9.0 unit course will require 20 hours per week.  The distance delivery mode is not less of a commitment than on-campus programs but does provide some greater flexibility in your independent weekly timetabling of study.  Applicants intending to study full-time are strongly advised to reduce work or other commitments to undertake the program.  For some students assistance with child care may need to be arranged to allow time to study.  Part-time study, particularly for first level courses, is recommended if other commitments cannot be easily reduced or if students have not recently or previously undertaken a professional tertiary program.

  1. Read information requirements

    • Select to apply for one or more courses listed on the application form, taking note of the eligibility criteria for each course. If you want to apply for a (restricted) course with a different university, you'll need to submit a separate application from the relevant course page.

    • Read all parts of the application form in advance:

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      If you do not have a web account, you'll need to register one within the application form. Once you've registered an account, you'll then be signed in. From here you can choose to complete your application and submit it, or save and return to it later.

      Completing this application should take 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Need help completing your application? Contact us:

      If in doubt about any of the information required to support your application, the more information you can provide the better. If you have any academic queries including how to request credit transfer, contact University of South Australia directly. For all other enquiries, contact us.

    • Next steps:

      After submitting your application, you should receive a confirmation email containing a copy of your application for your records.

      Your application will be assessed within 2-4 weeks, and if further information is required, we will contact you. Once your application has been assessed, we will be in touch via email to notify you of the outcome. At the latest this will be one week after the closing date for applications.

      If, after submitting your application, you wish to change your preferences or submit an additional document, please email Include your full name as it appeared on the application.

  2. Prepare supporting documents

    • Check that you have all the required supporting documentation, according to the individual course eligibility requirements and to your personal circumstances:

      1. Certified copies of academic documentation in support of eligibility requirements, including:
        • Official academic transcripts, showing the units/subjects you have completed and their final grades, including the date the program was completed or the qualification awarded. Include all pages, ensuring page numbers are visible.
        • Academic Testamur or Certificate of Completion.

        Unofficial copies will not be accepted.

        Required for all applications based on academic experience and for all academic experience listed on the application form.

        If your previous course or units were undertaken at the same university you are now applying to, then you don't need to provide academic transcripts in the application. For studies done elsewhere, always include academic transcripts and certificates if you have undertaken studies/qualifications at institutions other than OUA. Please retain the actual certified copy in case the university requests it at a later date.

      2. Certified copies of legal documentation, including:
        • Marriage certificate.
        • Deed poll name change certificate.

        These documents are required to show your legal name or if you have changed your name.

        Please ensure your legal name is on your application form and matches all your supporting documentation.

      3. Certified copies of official translations of supporting documents not in English. Required for:
        • All academic documentation, e.g. transcripts and certificates.
        • All legal documentation, e.g, marriage, deed poll and birth certificates.

        If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide certified copies of the non-English documents, including certified copies of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes.

      4. Certified copies of English language test results, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL.

        Required if your previous studies were not completed in English.

      5. Your curriculum vitae. Required for:
        • Entry into all postgraduate courses.
        • All applications based on work experience.
      6. A letter of reference or recommendation from your employer. Required for all applications based on work experience.

        This letter must be on company letterhead, documenting length of time working for that company and duties performed.

        If you are providing documentation to support work experience over a period of time and you have worked for multiple employers during that period, please provide a letter of reference for each separate employer.

      * A certified copy is a copy bearing the recognised mark of a Justice of the Peace, Commission of Oaths or declarations, Public Notary or a Solicitor.

    • Requirements of supporting documents:

      • Documents must be scanned at the original size. If the document is larger than A4 then the document should be scanned in A4 sized portions without size reduction.
      • Applicants must ensure no portion of the document is missing (look out for page numbers).
      • If the document has markings or text on both sides (e.g. a registration number) then both sides must be scanned.
      • Scanned documents must be between 125 and 150 dots per inch.
      • File size of any single document should not exceed 3MB.
      • We cannot accept a photograph of a document.

Special Requirements

A Senior First Aid certificate is required in the first 6 months of the program before students undertake clinical placements. Some clinical placements require a current driver’s licence and special vaccinations. As nursing places physical and psychological demands on the individual, applicants may need to meet the health requirements of the agencies in which they undertake clinical placements

Practicum Placements

The School of Nursing and Midwifery provides a range of study opportunities via innovative programs that offer diversity and can be accessed throughout the world via flexible delivery methods. You can study full-time, part-time, internally, externally or in mixed-mode. Our programs are flexible and you can change your mode of study throughout the program. Academic staff within the School are experienced and skilled in teaching and supporting students. Students are required to complete skills laboratory work on-campus while clinical placements will take place in health care and community settings. Clinical placements will be negotiated in state capitals and regional centres dependent on availability. Due to limited placement availability and/or a request from a placement venue that a student be assessed directly by a University staff member, some interstate and non-metropolitan students may be requested to attend a placement in metropolitan Adelaide.

Award Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to receive the Bachelor of Nursing:

  • Complete the correct pre/co-requisites for each course.
  • Students must complete clinical practice of a 4 week block in Stage 2 and two 8 week blocks in Stage 3.
  • Students need to complete designated skills laboratory workshops for specific courses.
  • Students must complete the required clinical placement satisfactorily before they can progress through the degree.
  • The degree can be taken as a full-time (three years) or part-time (six years) program.
  • Clinical requirements are integral to this program. Due to limited placement availability and/or a request from a placement venue that a student be assessed directly by a University staff member, some interstate and non-metropolitan students may be requested to attend a placement in metropolitan Adelaide

Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit

Students seeking credit for previous study or work experience may access the Credit Assessor in the first instance:

Applications for credit need to be submitted to Campus Central. Further information is available from the UniSA website:

Registering in this Course

Student registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required in order to study this course. Students who do not meet registration criteria and are refused registration by the Board, or who have their registration rescinded during the course, will be unable to continue in the course. Applicants please note that the registration process will commence following initial enrolment and information will be provided by the University in your offer letter.

Course Structure

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Stage 1 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for understanding Total number of units to complete: 7 units
Unit code
Unit name
2012 Availability
Required Units: Complete the following 7 units
Being a Health Professional
Coming in 2013
Global and National Health
Coming in 2013
Human Body 1
Coming in 2013
Human Body 2
Coming in 2013
Population Health
Coming in 2013
Mental Health
Coming in 2013
Experiential Learning Activity Foundation Practicum 1
Coming in 2013

1 Offered in UniSA's Study Period 2

2 Offered in UniSA's Study Period 5

NURS1055 unit has a practicum placement.
Stage 2 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for intervention Total number of units to complete: 6 units
Unit code
Unit name
2012 Availability
Required Units: Complete the following 6 units
Experiential Learning Activity: Older Adults Practicum 2
Coming in 2013
Health of Older Adults
Coming in 2013
Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice
Coming in 2013
Health of Adults
Coming in 2013
Health of infants, children and young people
Coming in 2013
Experiential Learning Activity Acute Care Practicum 3
Coming in 2013

1 Offered in UniSA's Study Period 3

2 Offered in UniSA's Study Period 2

3 Offered in UniSA's Study Period 5

4 Offered in UniSA's Study Period 7

NURS2033 unit has a practicum placement.
Stage 3 - Knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional practice
Unit code
Unit name
2012 Availability
Nursing Contexts of Practice
Coming in 2013
Foundations of Research
Coming in 2013
Experiential Learning Activity: Extension to Practice Practicum 4
Coming in 2013
Becoming a Registered Nurse
Coming in 2013
Experiential Learning Activity: Transition to Practice Practicum 5
Coming in 2013
Nursing Project
Coming in 2013
UniSA's Study Period 2013 availability of all 6 units to be advised.
NURS3042 and NURS3043 units has a practicum placement.
Enrolled Nurses with a completed Certificate IV Total number of units to complete: 1 unit
Unit code
Unit name
2012 Availability
Required Units: Complete the following unit
Professional Practice Nursing
Coming in 2013

1 Offered in UniSA's Study Period 2

Enrolled nurses with a completed Certificate IV will receive 18 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Nursing. This will award credit for some stage 1 units (NURS1033, HLTH1038 & NURS1055).
Complete the remainder of Stages 1 and 2 and all of Stage 3 of the course as above as well as Professional Practice N (NURS 1044) in Year 1.
Enrolled Nurses with a completed Diploma
Unit code
Unit name
2012 Availability
Professional Practice Nursing
Coming in 2013

1 Offered in UniSA's Study Period 2

Enrolled nurses with a completed Diploma will receive 36 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Nursing. This will award credit for all Stage 1 units (BIOL1047, BIOL1048, NURS1033, HLTH1036, HLTH1037, HLTH1038 & NURS1055).
Complete the remainder of Stages 2 and 3 of the course as above as well as Professional Practice N (NURS1044) in Year 1.

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