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Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) develops a comprehensive understanding of professional nursing practice.  Advanced studies underpin all elements of this program, cultivating leadership and enhancing your understanding of the international healthcare landscape.

Combining high-quality practical learning with extensive clinical placements, this degree will enable you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and launch your career in healthcare.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from our leading experts about human biology, physiology and pharmacology.
  • Experience different areas of nursing including ageing, child and adolescent care, and mental health. 
  • Gain invaluable clinical experience with more than 800 hours of placements in a variety of settings including emergency departments, intensive care units, paediatric units, mental health facilities and community health centres.

With a wide and growing field of practice across the public and private healthcare systems, this degree will prepare you to thrive in both local and global health environments as you work with other health professionals to provide high-quality patient-centred care.

Learn more about studying at Sydney Nursing School.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) is a three-year full-time course consisting of 144 credit points. Students will complete 24 core units of study in the order predetermined (8 units of study each year). 

The units of study are structured into four broad areas that are interwoven into learning experiences throughout the course and developed at successively more complex levels as students progress in their studies. These areas are:

  • Underpinnings to Nursing Practice
  • Health, Development and Assessment
  • Contexts of Practice
  • Nursing Practice.

In Underpinnings of Nursing Practice, students will engage with areas of study relating to human sciences and research.

In the Health, Development and Assessment area of study, units of study include:

  • Health Assessment
  • Child and Adolescent Health and Care
  • Ageing Health and Care
  • Understanding Experiences of Illness.

Students will be introduced to the knowledge and practices of person-centred health care in the Context of Practice area of study.

The Nursing Practice area of study includes units of study that are directly related to clinical nursing knowledge and practice.

Clinical placements

Clinical experience makes up a key part of the course, with all students required to undertake approximately 900 hours of clinical placements in health care facilities monitored or operated by the NSW Department of Health throughout the degree.

Placements will give students hands-on nursing practise in a variety of health care settings including:

  • emergency departments
  • intensive care units
  • paediatric units
  • mental health facilities
  • community health centres.

Students also have the opportunity to undertake overseas clinical placements, exploring nursing within the context of other cultures and languages.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Health and Human Biology Health Assessment Population Health to Personal Healthcare Nursing Knowledge, Practice and Policy
  2 Interruptions to Normal Physiology Understanding Experiences of Illness Health Research Acute Care Nursing Practice 6
2 1 Introduction to Pharmacology 6 Contexts of Health and Disease Understanding Mental Health and Illness Ageing, Health and Care
  2 Pharmacology, People and Practice Clinical Practice in Mental Health Indigenous People, Health and Care Managing Chronic Conditions
3 1 Child and Adolescent Health and Care Nursing the Critically Ill Person Community Health Nursing Frameworks for Nursing Practice
  2 First Line Intervention Life Limiting Conditions and Palliation Australian Health Care System Professional Practice - (BN[AS])

Assumed knowledge

Admission criteria

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

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.

In addition, it is required that applicants have the ability to undertake clinical placements. Please note this course is not available to applicants who are already registered to practice as a nurse in an Australian state or territory.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

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.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Graduates will eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Honours

Students with a credit average are invited to apply for the honours program. This involves four units relating to research methods and the preparation of a thesis. Students undertake research work independently under the guidance of a supervisor.

Career Pathways

Graduate of this course will be prepared to work in a range of environments including:
  • Public and private healthcare systems
  • Acute care hospitals
  • Children's hospitals
  • Trauma and emergency care
  • Mental health nursing
  • Aged care
  • Community nursing
  • Palliative care
  • Home care nursing
  • Drug and alcohol centres
  • Operating rooms and other surgical settings
  • Rural and remote nursing
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Clinical research trials 
  • Other health and education-related fields

Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to practise as a nurse in Australia.

Future study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) with a credit level are eligible to progress to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) or complete postgraduate studies. Sydney Nursing School offers a range of postgraduate nursing courses in specialty areas of nursing including:

  • Cancer and haematology nursing
  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Clinical trials practice
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Primary health care nursing
  • Nurse practitioner

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.

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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