Sydney Nursing School offers the following combined degree programs:
- Bachelor of Arts/Master of Nursing
- Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Nursing
- Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing
Combined degree students study both a bachelor's degree in Arts, Science or Health Sciences in conjunction with the Master of Nursing.
|Combined degree||Undergraduate location||Master of Nursing location|
|Bachelor of Arts/Master of Nursing||Camperdown||Mallett St|
|Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Nursing||Cumberland/Camperdown||Mallett St|
|Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing||Camperdown||Mallett St|
This degree allows students to gain a broader knowledge of the humanities in an area of interest (for example languages, sociology or anthropology).
The Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Nursing is designed for students who wish to obtain a broader knowledge of the health sciences. Study in the health sciences includes topics such as toxicology, epidemiology, microbiology, behavioural health science, management and project design.
The Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing provides for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of an area of interest in the sciences and relate it to health care. This might include pharmacology, psychology, physiology or biomedical science.
The combined degrees consist of a total of 192 credit points comprising 96 credit points toward the bachelor's degree and 96 credit points for the Master of Nursing. In most cases, units of study are worth six credit points; however, there are some units in Health Sciences that are worth three credit points.
In the first year, study is exclusively in the bachelor's degree. Years 2 and 3 are a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and Year 4 is entirely postgraduate. All students must complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree before continuing to the fourth and final year of their combined degree.
Generally students are not permitted to continue their enrolment in the combined degree if they do not have a credit average at the end of Year 1. If you are not successful in attaining a credit average in Year 1 then you may complete the undergraduate degree before commencing study in the Master of Nursing. This pathway would require an additional year of study.
Details of the units and the order in which they must be studied for Health Sciences and the Master of Nursing are shown below. For units of study in Arts and Science and for further information about faculty requirements for all combined degrees you should refer to the handbooks for those faculties. Choice of units for combined degrees in Arts or Science will largely depend upon the major you wish to study.
You should discuss your options and their availability with the relevant academic advisor from Sydney Nursing School. Please note that some units may not be available due to clashes in the timetable in the Master of Nursing.
The pre-registration courses at Sydney Nursing School involve significant participation in off-campus clinical placements. You will complete more than 900 clinical hours during your degree. Before each clinical placement you will practise your skills in our clinical labs and high fidelity simulation wards. Clinical placement sites include private and public hospitals, mental health services and community health settings. The majority of clinical placements occur within the Sydney metropolitan area, although you will also be expected to undertake some clinical placements in rural locations.
You will need to be available to complete full time weeks of shiftwork throughout University holiday periods in order to complete your clinical placements.
Important information to prepare you for clinical placements:
- Plan your work and holiday periods so that they do not clash with your set and supplementary clinical placement periods as outlined in the Sydney Nursing School Calendar
- Read the Sydney Nursing School Local Provisions for Professional Experience PlacementSydney Nursing School Local Provisions for Professional Experience Placement
- Read and follow the guidelines for compliance with NSW Health employment screening for studentsNSW Health Employment Screening for students
Study in this course is taken over four years full time (pro rata part time).You are required to complete 96 credit points in the bachelors degree and 96 credit points in the Master of Nursing to graduate.
The total number of units studied will vary depending upon the course you choose. In terms of workload, most six credit point units of study consist of attendance and lectures, tutorials and/or lab sessions on a regular basis. There are also pre-reading and assessment items equating to approximately 10 hours per week.
Study patterns for all combined degrees including relevant unit of study rules are outlined in this handbook. This course consists of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work.
All clinical units associated with the Master of Nursing have clinical placement experiences that are generally conducted outside the normal semester times. Please refer to the Master of Nursing clinical placement information for more details.