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Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nursing

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Overview

The combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nursing program develops analytical and critical capabilities alongside the skills and expertise you need to become a registered nurse. It opens up a wide range of career opportunities across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Why study this course?

As an arts and nursing student, you will learn from leaders in the humanities and healthcare disciplines, gaining a broad interdisciplinary knowledge alongside leadership and critical thinking skills.

You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the impact of nursing practice within local and global health contexts, and across changing healthcare systems.

You will graduate with two degrees after four years of full-time study and will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Complementing your nursing studies, the Bachelor of Arts allows you to explore your passions, interests and ambitions as you develop all-round professional capabilities. 

With a diverse range of experience and expertise, you will be highly employable in both clinical and non-clinical settings spanning nursing and healthcare, media and communications, government, community organisations and research.

How will you learn? 

Both degrees are taught on campus, with lectures and tutorials. You will also complete a substantial amount of practical work, with over 800 hours of clinical placements in the nursing component of your degree. 

What will you study?

Offering broad choice across more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, no two arts degrees are quite the same. You will study a major and a minor, choosing both from our broad choice across the humanities and social sciences, or selecting your minor from the University's shared pool.

Although there are no majors in the Master of Nursing, focus areas within this course include: acute care, aged care, chronic illness, clinical practice, Indigenous health, mental healthcare and management, pharmacology, physiology, professional practice, social and health policy.

Bachelor of Arts majors include:

Agricultural and Resource Economics History
American Studies Indigenous Studies
Ancient Greek Indonesian Studies
Ancient History International Relations
Anthropology International and Comparative Literary Studies
Arabic Language and Cultures Italian Studies
Archaeology Italian Studies (Advanced)
Art History Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Asian Studies Italian Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies
Chinese Studies Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Criminology Korean Studies
Cultural Studies Latin
Digital Cultures Linguistics
Econometrics Modern Greek Studies
Economic Policy Music
Economics Philosophy
English Political Economy
European Studies Politics
Film Studies Socio-Legal Studies
Financial Economics Sociology
French and Francophone Studies Spanish and Latin American Studies
Gender Studies Studies in Religion 
Germanic Studies Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern) 

Subject areas

Completion of a Table A major in the Bachelor of Arts is a requirement of this combined degree. A major from Table A is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. For further information please refer to the Bachelor of Arts.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is from

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nursing

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 English Major Economics  Elective Gender Studies  Elective  Psychology  Elective
  2 English Major Economics  Elective Gender Studies  Elective Psychology  Elective
2 1 English Major The Body, Its Function and Pharmacology Illness, Experience and Nursing Care Open Learning Environment (Cultural Competence: Fundamentals) 
  2 English Major Introduction to Nursing Practice Understand Health and Managing Disease Open Learning Environment (Health Challenges: Allergy and Autoimmunity)
3 1 English Major English Major Social Contexts of Health Nursing the Acutely Ill Person
  2 English Major English Major Developing Nursing Practice Mental Health Nursing Practice
4 1 Care and Chronic Conditions Leadership and Collaborative Practice Community Health Nursing Research and Evidence
  2 High Acuity Nursing Health of Indigenous Populations (MN) Australian Health Care - Global Context Professional Practice (MN)

This is an indicative study plan only, students may choose other majors, minors and electives.

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor of Arts: Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

It is required that applicants have the ability to undertake clinical placements and the School's Clinical Policy contains further details of the requirements. Please note this course is not available to applicants who are already registered to practise as a nurse in an Australian state or territory.

Inherent requirements

 Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

Course opportunities

The Master of Nursing component of this course requires completion of clinical placements that prepare graduates for professional practice. Students undertake more than 800 hours of clinical placements over their course of study and practise skills in the Sydney Nursing School's clinical laboratories and high fidelity simulation wards. During the final year of the course, students complete a four week clinical placement in an area in which they may choose to specialise in: paediatrics, mental health, high acuity, or clinical nursing. Due to the requirements of professional practice and the integrated structure of the course, exchange units of study in both arts and nursing are not available.

 

Professional accreditation

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the accrediting body for professional nursing practice in Australia. In addition to nursing, students are encouraged to become members of professional associations concerned with their arts areas of study.

Association membership for students is often heavily discounted and may provide:

  • opportunities for networking;
  • conferences on topical issues providing local and international perspectives;
  • research on areas of practice, quality and innovation;
  • interest groups in specific areas of industry;
  • regular journals and other publications;
  • access to current salary information based on surveys conducted by the association;
  • advice on workplace agreements;
  • events offering professional development and ongoing learning; scholarships, awards and prizes;
  • further study (including short courses, professional accreditation programs, or postgraduate qualifications).

 

Career pathways

Career opportunities in clinical settings include:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Trauma and emergency care
  • Mental health nursing
  • Aged care
  • Community nursing
  • Home care nursing
  • Drug and alcohol centres
  • Rural and remote nursing
  • Overseas aid

Career opportunities in non-clinical settings include:

  • Scientific, medical and pharmaceutical companies
  • Health promotion
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Policy development
Future study options

Sydney Nursing School offers a range of advanced learning postgraduate specialty nursing programs, including, cancer and haematology nursing, clinical nursing, clinical trials practice, emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing and nurse practitioner. Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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