Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 titleBNurs
CRICOS code075119J
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Ian Munro


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The clinical component of this course requires students to be rostered to work a mix of day, evening, weekend and night shifts in years one two and three, and may encompass travel to a number of locations.


The Bachelor of Nursing will prepare graduates for increasingly complex health care situations in Australia and internationally. Graduates will possess attributes that prepare them as competent beginning level Registered nurses who can provide leadership and care across the age continuum. Graduates will have the scope of practice to provide care in multiple settings, including primary health care and health promotion.

Students will incrementally develop knowledge for the safe practice of clinical skills in a variety of health care facilities and services over the three years of the degree program. The Monash graduate will have a broad scope of practice enabling them to critically analyse health care situations, concepts and perspectives.


On completion of the course the graduate should be able to:

  • meet currently accepted standards of nursing practice as set down in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) National Competencies for the Registered Nurse
  • provide holistic nursing care as a first-level practitioner in a variety of health care settings compatible with the broad health care needs and goals of Australia's multi-cultural society
  • encompass caring as a foundational concept for nursing practice
  • demonstrate effective communication in the health care setting
  • practice safely and maintain legal and ethical standards of practice
  • identify the health care needs and problems of individuals and groups of people in a variety of settings
  • set priorities in respect of health care needs and problems and make referrals when appropriate
  • plan, implement and evaluate care activities which encourage individuals and groups to achieve independence or self help in achieving and maintaining optimal levels of health
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of political, historical, cultural, social and professional forces which have influenced nursing in the past and which provide the potential for change within nursing
  • understand the scientific principles underlying safe physical care of the client
  • appreciate the importance of participating in further education
  • understand and appreciate the importance of nursing research and critically analyse and apply research findings to nursing practice
  • develop an ability to work within a team and adopt a collaborative approach to health care both at an interpersonal and an interdisciplinary level
  • participate in quality improvement programs to ensure quality care practices
  • participate in health teaching to individuals and groups.

Credit for prior studies

Students who successfully complete a TAFE Certificate IV in Health (Nursing) may apply for credit for up to 24 credit points in the first year of the course. Students who have successfully completed a TAFE Diploma of Nursing may apply for credit for up to 48 credit points in the course, potentially enabling them to complete the degree in two years.

Students who have completed or commenced other studies may also be considered for credit. All credit applications will be individually assessed.

Police checks and Working with Children checks

Organisations that host clinical and community placements require students to have current Police and Working with Children checks regarding their suitability to undertake such placements. All enrolled and prospective students are advised that they will be required to obtain Police checks prior to undertaking their course. Working with Children checks are valid for five years and are available free. Police checks must be applied and paid for annually, however, in some community-partnered programs there may be a requirement to have a police check renewed every six months.

Drug Administration Policy

Students should be aware of their legal responsibilities regarding the administration and storage of drugs in keeping with the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic) and the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006 (Vic). The School of Nursing and Midwifery have formulated a policy and students should be aware of the drug administration policy relevant to their particular year of study. For more information please visit and refer to the section entitled 'Clinical Guidelines'.

Vaccination policy

It is required that students obtain documentary evidence of relevant vaccinations prior to clinical placements for presentation to the course coordinator on request. Students may not be eligible to attend clinical placement without the required vaccinations.


Clinical practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit. All students in this course will be required to attend a variety of clinical placements including mental health placements. Travel to metropolitan and rural sites may be required. Clinical placements begin in the first year of the degree and will increase in duration and complexity as the student progresses.

Generally speaking, students on clinical experience will take on shift work, including weekend shifts and night duty and work a supervised, unpaid 40 hour week. Make-up for time missed will be arranged in consultation with the clinical coordinator and unit coordinator on receipt of a medical certificate or other acceptable documentation.

A student may be denied access to or withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of school.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the course will lead to eligibility for registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia


Students complete 20 compulsory units comprising 18 core units and two electives, many of which have clinical practice requirements.


The following course requirements refer to the Bachelor of Nursing course approved from 2012. Students enrolled prior to 2012 should consult the 2011 Handbook for course requirements. Archived Handbooks are available at

First year

First semester

  • BMA1901 Human structure and function
  • NUR1001 Professional and scholarly communication
  • NUR1010 Foundations of nursing practice
  • NUR1105 Foundations of leadership in practice

Second semester

  • BMA1912 Human bioscience in nursing
  • NUR1102 Health assessment in clinical practice
  • NUR1202 Legal issues and concepts
  • NUR1205 Population and socio-cultural health research utilisation

Second year

First semester

  • NUR2003 Contexts of health care
  • NUR2106 Integrated nursing practice 1
  • NUR2107 Person centred mental health care

Second semester

  • NUR2206 Integrated nursing practice 2
  • NUR2207 Mental health clinical practice
  • elective

Third year

First semester

  • NUR3001 Evidence based practice
  • NUR3002 Integrated nursing practice 3
  • NUR3003 Education for clinical practice
  • elective

Second semester

  • NUR3004 Preparing for practice
  • NUR3005 Chronic illness management in primary care


Bachelor of Nursing