The Bachelor of Nursing focuses on professional nursing practice and theory, and is underpinned by a philosophy of person-centred and holistic care, making our graduates highly sought after.
We develop professionals who have valuable skills and knowledge, and are known for their culturally sensitive client care, safe and ethical clinical reasoning, and advanced communication skills.
You are prepared for practice through a combination of on-campus theory and the latest simulation activities that are delivered in our state-of-the-art simulation apartments and clinical wards. With a focus on inter-professional learning, you will develop valuable skills to operate as part of the healthcare team.
Your supported clinical practice will take place in a variety of healthcare settings throughout Victoria. You are exposed to clinical practice early in the course, and the range of clinical placements include aged care, acute and sub-acute, community, mental health, paediatric and high dependency nursing.
All academic staff in the Bachelor of Nursing have relevant industry/professional experience and higher education teaching experience.
At the health precinct at our Moorabbin campus, we have invested over $5 million to create the highest standard of health training equipment and facilities in Victoria. With dedicated nursing wards and a state of the art simulation centre, Holmesglen students spend a lot of time simulating real nursing practices in a safe learning environment.
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing at Holmesglen, you may apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
For details on the profile of students undertaking this course and ATAR-based offers, download the Bachelor of Nursing student profile. (Word-36kb).
Acute care nursing, aged care, communication, community nursing, comprehensive acute and chronic nursing care, ethics and law, health and wellbeing , human biology, indigenous health, mental health nursing, paediatric nursing, palliative care, pharmacology, rehabilitation therapies, research and evidence-based practice, society and culture.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing undertake 825 hours of supervised clinical practice across the three years of the program. Students encounter a variety of clinical settings including aged care, rehabilitation, community settings, mental health, paediatric, high dependency and acute medical surgical wards in both metropolitan and regional hospitals and health care services.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Nursing, you must successfully complete 144 credit points comprising 24 core subjects. Subjects are organised into three themes of study - Nursing Theory and Concepts, Integrated Clinical Practice and Professional Perspectives. Students also study an integrated Bioscience subject in the first year of the program.
Multiple methods of assessment will be used in the Bachelor of Nursing and will be both formative and summative.
Student progress through the course is assessed by a variety of methods. The individual subject statements provide specific details of the assessment items the student is required to complete. These items involve the use of a variety of types of assessment appropriate to an undergraduate degree including examinations and tests, presentations, essays, assignments, group projects and investigative activities. The range of assessment methods assists in meeting the varied learning styles of students.
Formal written examinations will use a combination of multiple-choice, short-answer and long-answer / clinical scenario-based questions. In many subjects the emphasis will be on using ‘key feature’ examinations which present students with a clinical case scenario and a series of related questions. The questions are designed to test the critical steps or ‘key features’ in the management of the clinical case. This form of examination will test content knowledge, problem-solving and decision-making abilities in a context that is very relevant to the actual clinical situation.
Assessment of clinical competence
While written examinations test the cognitive ability of students, it is equally important to examine how students of nursing take client histories, perform physical examinations, communicate, and master the technical skills required of them. Their problem-solving, decision-making and client management abilities must also be examined, as must their professionalism. The measurement of the development of these skills and traits is by way of objective structured clinical examinations and through the clinical passport which comprises: competency-based assessment; mini health assessments; a clinical log and professional portfolio.
The individual and community
Integrated clinical practice 1
Professional studies 1 - The health context and nursing profession
Nursing 2 - Foundations of care
Integrated clinical practice 2
Professional studies 2 - Law & Ethics
Nursing 3 - Clinical care A
Clinical specialty 1 - Care of the older person
Integrated clinical practice 3
Professional studies 3 - Research in nursing
Nursing 4 - Clinical care B
Clinical specialty 2 - Mental health
Integrated clinical practice 4
Professional studies 4 - Evidence based practice
Clinical Specialty 3-Rehabilitiation and Community Care
Clinical Speciality 4- Family Centred Care
Integrated Clinical Practice 5
Professional Studies 5 - Indigenous Culture & Health
Clinical Speciality 5- High Dependency & Emergency
Nursing 5 - Models of Care: Chronicity & Disability
Integrated Clinical Practice 6
Professional Studies 6 - Readiness for Practice
For details of credit points, learning outcomes, weekly contact hours, assessments, pre-requisites, co-requisites, download the Bachelor of Nursing subject summary (Word - 55kb).
Satisfactory completion of Year 12/Matriculation or overseas equivalent, with passes in all subjects including mathematics and a minimum ‘Credit’ grade (or equivalent) in English.
You must provide evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with three individual bandscores no less than 6.5 and one individual bandscore no less than 6.0
Students must be 18 at the time of course commencement
A background in a relevant health science or closely related area is recommended.
Prior to undertaking clinical placement, students must complete a National Police Records Check, a
Police Records Check from their overseas country of residence (English translation), a Working with
Children Check and be prepared to declare their health and immunisation status.
Students will be registered by Holmesglen with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
You may be able to shorten the length of your studies by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, or work and life experience. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.
QUALIFICATION AND RECOGNITION
Graduates of this course are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Nursing and to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a registered nurse.
The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC).
Bachelor of Nursing graduates can apply for entry to relevant Masters or other post-graduate qualifications. Registered Nurses have the potential to enter specialty practice after undertaking further post-graduate education.
How to apply
APPLY VIA AGENT
Holmesglen recommends international students apply through one of our accredited student recruitment agents. This will assist you in the preparation of all application documents and ensure that you are well counselled on the Australian Government's Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements for International students. Further information of the GTE requirements is available at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
To find out more, visit How to Apply for International Students.
If you have further questions about your application, please contact our International Centre:
T: 03 9564 1703
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.
The above fees are per annum. These are indicative fees only.
Individual subject tuition fees are available for higher education courses.
TUITION ASSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled. Overseas students refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.
Annual tuition fee:
These are indicative fees only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and other charges annually.
You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.
To find out more about fees or payment options, visit Fees for International Students.
TUITION ASSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
For more details, please refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.