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Nursing (Conversion Program for Registered Nurses)

Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Conversion Program for Registered Nurses - BSc(Curtin) - 301591

Health Sciences

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The conversion program for registered nurses is designed to build on the professional knowledge and experience that you have developed as a registered nurse from a hospital-based course.

It takes the study of biological and behavioural sciences that underlying nursing to greater depth and emphasises maintaining and further developing your professional competencies, and on enhancing your capabilities as a member of an interprofessional team in a changing health care system.

This course is available to nurses who have completed their initial nursing education internationally or in an Australian hospital school or college. Internationally qualified and Australian qualified nurses who are not currently registered within Australia, and who undertake this program in Western Australia, can seek registration upon successful completion. Currently registered nurses who hold a Diploma of Nursing can complete this program to upgrade their educational qualifications to a Bachelor of Science (Nursing). 

What the course involves:

The program takes the study of biological and behavioural sciences that underpin nursing to greater depth. You will explore nursing research ethics, professional practice, management, bioscience, behavioural science and interprofessional education, to assist you to actively contribute to providing care as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team.

A problem-solving approach is encouraged, with particular focus on identifying and assessing health problems, and the nursing needs of individuals and their families.

Fieldwork experience
If you are seeking registration to practise as a registered nurse within Australia you will undertake an extended clinical practice experience. This experience may be in a wide range of community and clinical settings.

 

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

 
Opportunities exist within nursing for promotion in the clinical, education, research and management areas.
 
Potential employers
  • Public hospitals
  • private hospitals 
  • community health agencies i.e. child health centres, Silverchain and abroad.

 


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Professional recognition

The course is designed to meet the national nursing education standards, graduates are eligible to apply for initial registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Completion of this course allows you to seek registration as a registered nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Registration is subject to meeting all requirements of the NMBA. To meet the registration requirements of the NMBA, you are expected to complete the comprehensive stream within eight years.

Credit for previous study

Recognition of prior learning or exemptions may be granted if you have successfully completed approved tertiary studies at Curtin. Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis with applicants eligible to be awarded recognition of prior learning equivalent to two and a half years of the three and a half year Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree.

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: Not applicable
STAT entry*: Not accepted
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

Indicative TER (ATAR)

This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

STAT entry

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

Not applicable

Other requirements:

This course is available to nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia who have completed a minimum of three years general training in a hospital-based school of nursing and wish to upgrade their qualification to a degree level. Lapsed registered nurses in Australia can enter this course to seek registration if their most recent practice as a registered nurse was less than 10 years prior to course commencement. It is also available for internationally-qualified nurses seeking degree level studies or registration in Australia. They must hold the Australian Qualification Framework recognised three year Diploma in Nursing as a minimum and 12 months experience in an acute setting as a registered nurse. Applicants must also meet the University’s standard entry requirements, which include English competency.

Please refer to the following statement before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Fees (indicative first year only):

2014
Commonwealth supportedCommonwealth supported?
If you have not yet exceeded your Student Learning Entitlement (typically seven years' equivalent full-time study) the Australian Government will contribute towards the cost of your study. The indicative fees shown here are known as the student contribution, or your share of the cost of the first year of this course.

To find out if you're eligible for a commonwealth supported place, please visit the Going to Uni website.
$6,800*

*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 for students in 2014 only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do 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.

Other notes:

This course is a minimum of one year full-time study, depending on assessment of the initial diploma award.

 

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2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

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

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) N/A
IB N/A
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) N/A
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) N/A
WAUFP (CPS) N/A
India N/A
Sri Lanka N/A

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Registered General Nurses from overseas wishing to gain registration in Australia must hold qualifications that have been recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework as equivalent to a minimum of a three-year diploma. They must also meet the Curtin Nursing English and academic entry requirements and have a minimum of 12 months recent clinical nursing experience as a Registered General Nurse in a hospital.

Please refer to the following statement before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Fees for 2014:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

This course is a minimum of one year full-time study, depending on assessment of the initial diploma award.

2015 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5
Reading 6.5
Listening 6.5
Overall band score 7

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Qualifications recognised by the Australian Qualification Framework as equivalent to a minimum of a three year diploma, overseas registration as a registered nurse and 12 months of recent clinical nursing experience as a registered nurse in a hospital are required.

Please refer to the following statement before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Fees for 2015:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

This course is a minimum of one year full-time study, depending on assessment of the initial diploma award.

CRICOS: 003886K
This page was last updated on 25 August 2014

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