Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine

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  • Objectives
    The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine course aims to develop a proactive and adaptable graduate who, at a beginning level, will be a competent, ethical clinician, a creative and critical thinker, an independent lifelong learner and a professional nurse/paramedic. Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a Division 1 nurse in the State of Victoria and work as an accredited paramedic.
  • Entry requirements
    Queensland Prerequisites: English (4, SA). Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English. * Eligibility for nurse registration within Australia is an accepted alternative entry qualification. * Students must have a current accredited CPR Certificate prior to undertaking clinical practice. Appropriate immunisation is also required.
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine
  • Course description
    There are five strands within the curriculum: Nursing Foundations, Applied Science for Practice, Contexts of Nursing, Clinical Nursing Practice and Paramedicine. There is vertical and horizontal integration within and between units in the strands. An outline of each strand follows.

    Nursing Foundations

    This strand of study provides social and humanistic knowledge and frameworks that underpin and inform professional nursing practice. Knowledge applications from a range of disciplines and philosophies are integrated to develop an understanding and appreciation of the discipline of nursing and the complexity of health care. Disciplines and philosophies include ethics, theology, law, psychology, sociology, communication theory, information technology, leadership and research. This strand comprises six units.

    Applied Science for Practice

    This strand of study provides the bioscience knowledge and frameworks that complement Nursing Foundations and support Contexts of Nursing units. Knowledge applications from a range of disciplines are integrated to develop understanding and appreciation of clinical practice. The disciplines include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, physical sciences, pathology and pharmacology. This strand comprises five units.

    Contexts of Nursing

    The units in this strand articulate integration of knowledge to inform the scope of practice. This strand prepares the student with necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to act in the role of nurse in a variety of nursing contexts. Students will develop practice knowledge to provide holistic care across the lifespan. Contexts of Nursing units acknowledge multiple meanings of health and illness influenced by a multicultural society. This strand comprises six units, one offered each semester of the course.

    Clinical Nursing Practice

    This strand of study facilitates experience in the application of theory to practice and the development of clinical skills, knowledge and competencies. It is informed by other strands within the curriculum. Six units are dedicated to nursing practice in a variety of health care environments.


    This strand of study provides the paramedicine knowledge and frameworks to inform the scope of practice of paramedics. The strand provides the student with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to work in the role of the paramedic in a variety of settings. This strand comprises nine units. See Appendix B for specific paramedic skills lists.

    Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine

    320 cp

    Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

    Course available at:
    Ballarat, Victoria
    Brisbane, Queensland

    EFTSL value of units: All 10cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1.Requirements for Completion of the Degrees

    To qualify the degree, a student must complete 320 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

       1. 60 cp from the Nursing Foundation Strand;
       2. 50 cp from the Applied Science for Practice Strand;
       3. 60 cp from the Contexts of Nursing Strand;
       4. 60 cp from the Clinical Nursing Practice Strand; and
       5. 90 cp from the Paramedicine Strand.

    2.Requirements for Completion of the Honours Degree

    A student may qualify for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)/Bachelor of Paramedicine degree by satisfying the additional Honours requirements set out in the rules for Honours in the Bachelor of Nursing degree.

    3.Progression within the Course

    Students normally complete a unit or units at an introductory level (100-level) in an approved sequence before undertaking advanced level units (200 or 300-level) in that sequence.

    In all aspects of progress through the course, students will be advised by the Course Co-ordinator and bound by decisions of the School Committee.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co), incompatible (Inc) are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

    Nursing Foundation Strand
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    NRSG119     10     Nursing Practice Foundation
    NRSG120     10     Indigenous Culture and Health
    NRSG122     10     Exploring Professional Practice
    NRSG241     10     Spirituality in Health Care
    NRSG343     10     Ethics for Holistic Practice
    NRSG346     10     Realising Professional Practice

    Applied Science for Practice Strand
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    BIOL117     10     Applied Science for Practice 1
    BIOL118     10     Applied Science for Practice 2
    BIOL228     10     Applied Science for Practice 3
    BIOL229     10     Applied Science for Practice 4
    BIOL326     10     Applied Science for Practice 5

    Contexts of Nursing Strand
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    NRSG121     10     Contexts of Nursing 1
    NRSG123     10     Contexts of Nursing 2
    NRSG237     10     Contexts of Nursing 3
    NRSG240     10     Contexts of Nursing 4
    NRSG344     10     Contexts of Nursing 5
    NRSG347     10     Contexts of Nursing 6

    Clinical Nursing Practice Strand20, 21
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    NRSG124     10     Introduction to Nursing Practice
    NRSG238     10     Mental Health Nursing Practice
    NRSG239     10     Complex Nursing Practice 1
    NRSG345     10     Complex Nursing Practice 2
    NRSG348     10     Towards Professional Practice 1
    NRSG349     10     Towards Professional Practice 2

    Paramedicine Strand
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ALHT100     10     Paramedic Practice Foundations
    ALHT103     10     Exploring Paramedic Practice
    ALHT200     10     Contexts of Paramedicine 1
    ALHT201     10     Contexts of Paramedicine 2
    ALHT301     10     Contexts of Paramedicine 3
    ALHT401     10     Contexts of Paramedicine 4
    ALHT101     10     Paramedic Practice 1
    ALHT102     10     Paramedic Practice 2
    ALHT202     10     Paramedic Practice 3

    20Students are required to have a current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate from an accredited source prior to undertaking clinical practice. The currency of the certificate must be validated each year.
    21As nursing brings students into contact with various communicable diseases, it is a requirement of some facilities used for clinical experience that students have appropriate immunisation.

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