University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Nursing (pre-registration)

Course code/s: HBN, HBNPRW, RBN, HBNM, HBNUP

Course details
Location Bundoora Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Mildura Shepparton
Mid year intake available Yes - intake available at the Melbourne campus only. Students taking this option study 2.5 years full-time accelerated (equivalent to 3 years full-time study).
Course coordinator Ms Monica Peddle
Course advisor Ms Melissa Deacon-Crouch
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 020935J
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes, full semester exchange with partner Universities in Sweden and Denmark
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months and only permitted in years 1 or 2
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

The Bachelor of Nursing (pre-registration) is a three-year full-time 360 credit point pass degree. The course is offered at the Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Mildura and Shepparton campuses. Your hands-on nursing experience begins at our on-campus hospital simulation centres and extends to supervised experience in hospitals and healthcare agencies. Students enrolled at our Melbourne campus will study at one of our Clinical Schools, a unique model of teaching that embeds all practical and classroom learning within leading Victorian hospitals like The Alfred, The Austin, Royal Melbourne and The Royal Women's Hospital.

You'll cover practical nursing subjects like bioscience, critical illness, indigenous health and intercultural health, as you learn to care for people of all ages, some with long-term and mental health conditions, as well as emergency treatment needs.

You'll also learn how to manage your time, lead teams, manage caseloads and make ethical clinical decisions with a compassionate and caring approach. Our dynamic student exchange program also provides overseas study opportunities with one of our many partner universities around the world. A significant number of our nursing graduates find employment soon after completing their degree, and some eligible students even go on to work overseas.

When you study a Nursing Degree at La Trobe University in Melbourne, you'll be immersed in our unique Clinical Schools - the only nursing education model of its kind in Victoria.

This means you'll complete your degree in a high-profile hospital setting, at one of the Clinical Schools at the Austin, Alfred, Northern or Royal Melbourne hospitals.

La Trobe's Clinical Schools provide our nursing students with on-site access to dedicated teaching facilities and regular patient contact, as well as an education led by hospital-based clinicians at the cutting edge of acute patient care.

Thanks to our Clinical Schools model, our Nursing students become familiar with a particular hospital's physical environment, people, policies and procedures over a long period of time - which gives them a head start when it comes to employment. In 2016, two-thirds of participating students were offered employment at the hospitals where La Trobe Clinical Schools are located*.

*Source: Graduate Nurse/Midwifery Program Computer Match 2016 - Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV).

Overseas clinical and learning opportunities

In 2016, 36 La Trobe students participated in a two-week clinical and learning placement in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our students assisted in treating children and adults, many of whom had been badly affected by an earthquake that ravaged the country in 2015.

You can also study abroad through a short-term international exchange offered as part of an elective subject in second year. Past students have studied and worked overseas.

Clinical experience

Nursing practicum subjects are offered throughout the course to complement theory and to establish skill competency. Students must satisfactorily achieve a range of competencies in the area of clinical practice. Clinical placements may be required in a range of metropolitan, rural and interstate settings. Clinical placements may be required outside of semester and normal business hours.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Meet the relevant national practice standards, codes of ethics, and code of professional conduct for registered nurses.
Apply critical thinking frameworks and problem-solving skills to nursing practice.
Critically review and analyse clinical and other information to synthesize knowledge to inform professional practice.
Demonstrate and apply intraprofessional and interprofessional collaborative practice for optimum healthcare outcomes.
Apply knowledge and skills with accountability for the scope of practice.
Plan, implement and evaluate quality person-centred care for nursing clients across different settings.
Critically review and analyse contemporary health care services and identify strategies to meet challenging societal needs.
Demonstrate ability to pursue ongoing professional learning and development through reflection and action.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 360 credit points over three years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM* Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 NSG1INA Introduction to Nursing Assessment 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-W30-50 NSG1NAM Nursing Assessment and Management 15
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key:  *ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs
** LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 or TE-W09-26 NSG2ANA Nursing Patients with Acute Illness A 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-W10-25 NSG2NMR Nursing & Midwifery Research 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-W09-26 or TE-W10-25 NSG2HPA Nursing: Health Priorities A 15
Choose one of the following four 2nd year subjects
TE-SEM-1 NSG2EHP Education in Health Professional Practice 15
NSG2HEL Healthcare Ethics and Law
NSG2TCD Transitions in Dementia Care
NSG3CEL International and Clinical Elective for Nursing and Midwifery
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-44 NSG2IIH Indigenous & Intercultural Health 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-50 NSG2NCI Nursing Patients with Chronic Illness 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-44 NSG2HPB Nursing: Health Priorities B 15
TE-W30-44 or TE-W30-46 NSG2ANB Nursing Patients with Acute Illness B 15

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W08-26 or TE-W09-26 NSG3TCN Nursing Patients in a Time Critical Context 30
TE-SEM-1 NSG3MHI Nursing: Mental Health & Illness 30
TE-SEM-2 NSG3EPN Engagement in Professional Nursing 15
TE-W28-46 NSG3PHN Primary Health Care Nursing 15
TE-W30-46 or TE-W31-45 NSG3NCR Nursing: Consolidating Reflective Clinical Practice 30

Note that the teaching period in which a subject is offered may change.


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