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Nursing

Bachelor Degree

B-NURS

Course
Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 70
Duration
3 years, 6 months full-time
Credit
700
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Become a registered nurse and give comprehensive care to patients in a variety of settings.

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Remy Trusler

I’d have to say that one of the best things about this course is the variety of clinical placements, where I’m able to apply what I’ve learned in class to a real clinical setting. It is an incredible experience working alongside and learning from so many different nurses, and gaining the confidence to put theory into practise.

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Become a registered nurse and give comprehensive care to patients in a variety of settings. This course provides a wide-ranging program of simulated practice and fieldwork, advanced clinical skill development, biological, behavioural and nursing sciences, and the opportunity for an international study experience.

Your studies will focus on developing the skills and knowledge you’ll need to meet the demands of our changing healthcare system.

You will be encouraged to be an active, contributing member of an interprofessional healthcare team, which will give you the opportunity to study with different nursing and medical specialists in a range of fields.

Alternative streams under the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) are offered to enhance your qualification if you are already an enrolled or registered nurse:

Student nurses undertake a minimum of 800 hours of clinical placements prior to graduation.

Please note: a break from study of more than one semester may incur additional clinical practice. 

For more information about entry requirements for the different streams available, visit the Application Requirements page

Take a Google Maps virtual tour of our simulated hospital environment.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

 

Why study

  • Blends the best traditions of patient care with a solid grounding in the nursing, biological and behavioural sciences. 
  • Flexible learning opportunities.
  • This is the first established school of nursing in a Western Australian university.
  • You can expand your theoretical foundations in the physical, biological and behavioural sciences relevant to the present day practice of nursing.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Upon graduating you can apply for registration to become a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Career information

This course can help you become a Registered Nurse.

Potential employers include:

  • public hospitals 
  • private hospitals 
  • community health agencies i.e. child health centres, Silverchain and abroad.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate accountable, safe, effective and innovative nursing care incorporating research evidence into nursing practice
  • use reflective, evidence based and problem solving approaches to the provision of nursing care
  • access and critically evaluate and utilise health care information
  • communicate effectively with individuals, families and communities within diverse health contexts
  • use technologies that assist the nurse to provide quality patient care within a changing health care environment
  • be an independent, self-directed learner who constructively reflects upon the health, social and educational experiences of self and others
  • incorporate regional, national, and global trends and innovations in health care into nursing practice
  • incorporate social, economic and cultural differences in the provision of culturally appropriate and sensitive nursing care in a variety of settings
  • demonstrate ethical practice in accordance with legislation, nursing practice standards and professional codes of conduct

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5
Reading 6.5
Listening 6.5
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and Verbal

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and Verbal

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.

    Individual streams may have different TAFE requirements. Please refer to the streams for more information.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and Verbal

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from semester one 2020, you need to have:

  • completed at least 100 credits, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or higher, with an academic status of Good Standing; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

To switch into this course in semester two 2020, you need to have:

  • completed at least 100 credits, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% or higher, with an academic status of Good Standing; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Students in the UniReady enabling program must complete the program with a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% and a grade of 70% or higher in BIOL0001 Introduction to Health Sciences unit.

Course switching is not available for the following Nursing streams:

  • Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Stream
  • Registered Nurse Conversion - Australian Registration Nurse Stream
  • Registered Nurse Conversion - Non-Australian Registration Nurse Stream.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed at least 100 credits, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or higher, with an academic status of Good Standing; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Course switching is not available for the following Nursing streams:

  • Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Stream
  • Registered Nurse Conversion - Australian Registration Nurse Stream
  • Registered Nurse Conversion - Non-Australian Registration Nurse Stream.

Manual Handling and Basic Life Support Certification is required prior to commencement of the course and then updated on a yearly basis. You will need to keep these requirements current during your course. You are responsible for the cost of these.

You must be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in health care facilities. You must also be available to work rotational shift work, including morning, afternoon and nightshift.

A break from study of more than one semester may incur additional clinical practice.

The majors and/or streams available to study as part of this course have specific admission criteria that may be different to what is listed on this page. Please view the major/stream page for admission criteria specific to the major/stream you intend to do.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants for the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Nurse Stream are required to submit supplementary documents with their application. Please visit the BSc Nursing supplementary information page for further information.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $7,040*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus and Online

Semester 1 and Semester 2

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: B-NURS
  • CRICOS code: 041794K
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019