Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) Onshore

The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) is a course designed for registered nurses who hold either a certificate or a diploma in nursing and who wish to upgrade their qualifications.

The learning modalities employed in this program require students, as practising professionals with the guidance and support of the academic staff, to take more responsibility for their own learning. They will be expected to become more independent in seeking information and to develop a stronger research mindset in how they approach their working life and their capacity to improve patient care.

Local students

Local students who hold a qualification at diploma level are required to complete four units of study or 24 credit points to qualify for the award. Students who hold a certificate in nursing are required to complete eight units or 48 credit points to qualify for the award. Students may choose to study either full time or part time.

International students

International students holding either a diploma or certificate are required to complete eight units of study (48 credit points) to qualify for the award. International students studying on-campus are required to study full time.

Unit of study overview

Units of study in semester one of the course focus on:

  1. the discipline of nursing, nursing knowledge and professional practice in both the historical and current health policy contexts
  2. environmental, biological and socioeconomic determinants of the health and wellbeing of populations
  3. the advanced clinical abilities required for nursing assessment of patients, families and communities in the 21st century, and
  4. clinical and patient education practices in the context of the health care environment with emphasis on continuing changes in technologies, information and evidence bases for practice.

Units of study available in semester two focus on:

  1. critical analyses of national and international concepts of health, illness and care
  2. the management of nursing services and clinical governance; and
  3. inquiry and research in nursing.

In semester two, students also complete a unit of study allowing them to undertake a clinical project of their choice.

All units are worth six credit points and students are required to submit assignments and sit examinations where applicable. There are no clinical requirements for this degree.

Local students holding a diploma qualification must complete Nursing, Knowledge and Practice, Health Research and Clinical Practice Project units of study and may select one of the remaining three units on offer.

Local students holding a certificate qualification and all international students must complete eight units of study as prescribed.

Degree resolutions

 

Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration)


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the University policy on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

GH009

Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration)

GH023

Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) (off-shore)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course may be full time or part time and will be determined in consultation with the Director.

3 Admission to candidature

(1)
This course does not lead to registration as a nurse in Australia. Applicants who hold qualifications not recognised for registration as a nurse in Australia are permitted to enrol in this course, but will not be eligible for registration in Australia upon completion.
(2)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, according to the following admission criteria.
(3)
Admission to the on-shore program requires:
(a)
English language proficiency requirements as detailed in the faculty resolutions; and
(b)
a qualification at the certificate or diploma level which leads to registration as a nurse in Australia or another country; and
(c)
employment as a registered nurse for a period of at least 6 months within the last two years at the time of enrolment.
(4)
Admission to the off-shore program in Singapore requires:
(a)
O level English or English language proficiency requirements as detailed in the faculty resolutions; and
(b)
a Diploma in Nursing from Nanyang Polytechnic or Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore; or
(c)
an approved Diploma in Nursing from an approved institution; or
(d)
a Certificate in Nursing from the Singapore School of Nursing, or its equivalent; and
(e)
current registration with the Singapore Nursing Board.

4 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the units of study table for the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration).
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) degree candidates must complete 144 credit points, including credit granted for certificate or diploma studies at the time of admission. To qualify for the award, candidates must complete the remaining credit points as follows:
(a)
Candidates who hold an admission qualification at the diploma level must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit points as outlined in the units of study table.
(b)
Candidates who hold an admission qualification at the certificate level must successfully complete 48 credit points from the units of study available.
(c)
Off-shore candidates must successfully complete 48 credit points from the units of study available.

5 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) is awarded at the Pass level only.

6 Time limits

A candidate must complete all the requirements for the course within four years of first enrolment, including periods of suspension.

7 Credit for previous study

(1)
Credit granted for certificate level studies may not exceed 96 credit points.
(2)
Credit granted for diploma level studies may not exceed 120 credit points.

8 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2013 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2013 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2013 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2018. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.