University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)


Course details
Location Albury/Wodonga Bendigo Melbourne (Bundoora) Mildura Shepparton
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Ms Monica Peddle
Course advisor Ms Melissa Deacon-Crouch
Available to international students No - International students who are eligible to apply as a Graduate Entry, should refer to and apply for admission in the Bachelor of Nursing (pre-registration) and will be awarded advanced standing
Course duration 2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 240 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes, one semester only, during year 2
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months and only permitted in year 1
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
Notes International students who are eligible to apply as a Graduate, should refer to and apply for admission in the Bachelor of Nursing (pre-registration) and will be awarded advanced standing.

Course description

The Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) is a two-year full-time, 240 credit point pass degree. Graduates will also meet the University and health sciences graduate capabilities. This course is available to students who have completed a relevant Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent). It is offered across the Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton and Melbourne campuses.

This course requires previous study in human physiology and anatomy. Students without previous study in this area must successfully complete a bridging course in human physiology and anatomy prior to the commencement of this course.

The Bachelor of Nursing degree provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to become a highly employable registered nurse, prepared to enjoy a long and rewarding career.

Your hands-on nursing experience begins at our on-campus hospital simulation centres and extends to supervised experience in hospitals and healthcare agencies. Students at 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 Hospital 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 Nursing 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, The Alfred, The 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 and clinical 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 in countries as diverse as Austria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Clinical experience

Nursing practicum subjects are offered throughout the course to complement theory and to establish skill competency. 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.

College of Science, Health and Engineering students with a third-year elective option in their course have a unique opportunity to enrol in SHE3ISP, with permission from their course coordinator and the subject coordinator.  Please note: enrolment into SHE3ISP requires students to be accepted into an LTU approved short term international program.

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 240 credit points over two years of full-time or part-time equivalent study. Please note that the teaching periods within which a subject is offered may vary from those listed below.

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 or TE-W10-25 NSG2NMR Nursing & Midwifery Research 15
See note below# NSG2TBN Transition to Bachelor of Nursing         15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-W09-26 NSG2ANA Nursing Patients with Acute Illness A 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-W09-26 or TE-W10-25 NSG2HPA Nursing: Health Priorities A 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-44 NSG2IIH Indigenous & Intercultural Health 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-44 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

Note: # 2-year Graduate Entry students must enrol in the following prescribed teaching period for NSG2TBN :  Week 07-28 at Albury-Wondonga, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton; week 10-25 at Bundoora.

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-W08-26 or TE-W09-26 NSG3TCN Nursing Patients in a Time Critical Context 30
TE-SEM-1 NSG3MHI Nursing: Mental Health and 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 Practices 30



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