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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBNursStud
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Visit; telephone: +61 3 9904 4260 (Peninsula), +61 3 9902 6454 (Gippsland); email

Course coordinator

Dr Melanie Birks


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders. Students enrolled off-campus must hold registration as a nurse equivalent to Division 1 with the Nurses Board of Victoria. Part-time study only.


The content of the course is designed to facilitate diploma qualified, re-entry and overseas trained nurses to function effectively in an ever-changing global practice environment. The course assists students to develop skills necessary to critically evaluate new information, concepts and evidence for practice. Graduates will be able to recognise the need for innovation in health care and respond to the challenges of change. It is designed to consolidate the nurse's role as educator, clinician, researcher, manager, and patient advocate and to promote quality-nursing care. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical principles of nursing and their application in the clinical environment.


On completion of this course, the graduate will be expected to be able to:

  • Practice in accordance with internationally recognised professional and legal standards and ethical codes for Registered Nurses
  • deliver holistic, culturally responsive nursing care in a variety of health care settings
  • demonstrate effective written and verbal communication in leadership, management, team work and client care roles
  • assess and prioritise health care needs, referring to other health professionals as needed
  • plan, implement and evaluate evidence-based nursing care
  • promote independence and self help for individuals and groups to achieve and maintaining optimal levels of health
  • demonstrate knowledge of health systems and organisational processes
  • promote ongoing education of self and others

Professional recognition

Students enrolled off-campus must hold registration as a nurse equivalent to Division 1 with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.


The course comprises eight units taught over four academic semesters on a part time basis, via off-campus delivery mode.


First semester

Second semester

  • NUR2445 Clinical assessment in nursing
  • NUR2446 Leadership and management of nursing care
  • NUR3202 Transition to professional roles
  • NUR3543 Legal and ethical issues in contemporary nursing

Minimum grade for course completion

Students must achieve a minimum grade of pass in all units in order to successfully complete the course.


Bachelor of Nursing Studies