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Summary
Bachelor of Nursing (BNSG)

Study Mode
  • External
  • On-campus

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Be a part of a flexible and rewarding career in nursing

With a combination of theory and clinical simulation in our well-resourced labs and nursing wards, USQ’s Bachelor of Nursing prepares you for practice as a registered nurse, in hospitals, community settings, mental health settings, GP practices, clinics, rural and remote health services and aged care facilities across Australia and the world.

The program aligns with current Australian professional nursing standards of practice and will give you the skills to deliver high-quality nursing care to people of all ages. 

Almost 50 percent of the program is devoted to clinical practice within simulated on-campus labs or in health care settings, including large metropolitan hospitals, mental health services, regional health care services, aged care settings, community health services, specialty clinics and rehabilitation centres.

At USQ you will learn how to provide the very best nursing practice, and will graduate as a skilled, knowledgeable and highly employable nurse.  

Flexible blended delivery

Prefer studying online? Our flexible delivery option allows the on-campus component of this program to be studied in intensive residential schools each semester, combined with online delivery and face-to-face clinical experience.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Nursing at USQ is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and is listed as an approved program with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulating Authority (AHPRA).

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing you will have the skills required to work as a registered nurse in a multitude of settings in Australia or overseas including public and private hospitals, community health, mental health, aged care, home health care, indigenous health, occupational health, rural practice and international nursing.

This program is also a pathway to graduate-entry midwifery and mental health programs and other specialties within nursing and health care.

 

 

Clinical experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this program.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 24
inc 840 hours clinical experience
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.
 

How much will it cost?

Clinical experience

Clinical courses will incur some additional costs, including uniform and equipment, transport to and from venues and, in some instances, living expenses, particularly for placements in rural and remote settings. Clinical placements that USQ can offer are dependent on availability and locality of those placements. For students studying in the External program or the on-campus program, these may occur away from the student’s geographical location.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6682
Domestic full fee paying AUD 19390

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Recommended prior study: Mathematics A or equivalent and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science21 or equivalent.

 All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical practice within this program. These include:

  • Hepatitis B immunisation
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertussis and Varicella immunisation
  • TB test and Influenza immunisation (highly recommended)
  • Australian Federal Police Criminal History Check Certificate
  • Blue Card
  • CPR certificate
  • QHealth Student Orientation Checklist
  • Student Deed Poll
  • QHealth and Safety Orientation Certificate
  • A signed USQ Clinical Placement Declaration including a requirement to undertake shift work.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
Ipswich 936392
Toowoomba 906392
External 906395

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:
  • Applications for Semester 1, 2018 will close Monday 12 February 2018. 
  • Applications for Semester 2, 2018 will close Monday 25 June 2018.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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