The combined degrees program of Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Nursing requires the completion of a minimum of 144 units of study.

For admission to the program, students should apply for admission to the Bachelor of Health Sciences combined degrees through SATAC. All students enrolling for the first time in either degree will also be given the option at enrolment of undertaking the combined degrees program, subject to their meeting the cut-off score and entry requirements for the other degree.

Eligible students who decline the offer to take up the combined degrees program at enrolment and wish in a subsequent year to enrol in the combined degrees program will be required to apply to SATAC for admission to the other degree.

Students who commence, but subsequently do not wish to complete, the combined degrees program may be eligible to transfer to either the Bachelor of Health Sciences or the Bachelor of Nursing program and to receive credit for some or all topics already completed.

Except with the permission of the Faculty Board, the course must be completed within eight years from the date of commencement.

Transitional arrangements are in place for students who commenced the combined degrees program before 2013. For further information students are advised to consult with the course coordinator.

Program of study

To qualify for the combined degrees of Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Nursing a student must complete the following program of study with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.

All students undertake a set of compulsory core topics plus the program for one of four streams:

Disability and Community Rehabilitation

To qualify for the combined degrees of Bachelor of Health Sciences (Disability and Community Rehabilitation), Bachelor of Nursing, a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or better in each topic. The topics must include:

  • 72 units of Health Sciences core topics
  • 72 units of Nursing core topics

Core - Year 1 Health Sciences topics

36 units comprising:

 DSRS1201  Perspectives of Disability and Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1209  Human Diversity  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1003  Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1004  Human Bioscience  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1304  Communication and Interprofessional Practice  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1305  Health Practitioner Practice 1  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1306  Health Practitioner Practice 2  (4.5 units)
 DSRS2234  Direct Instruction  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 Health Sciences topics

36 units comprising:

 DSRS2232  Practicum A - Disability and Community Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 DSRS2236  Practicum B - Disability and Community Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2101  Critical Social Analysis of Health   (4.5 units)
 HLTH2105  Health: A Psychological Perspective  (4.5 units)
 DSRS3222  Counselling  (4.5 units)
 DSRS3234  Case Management  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3102  Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3105  Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 Nursing topics

36 units comprising:

 NURS1001 Introduction to the Nursing Profession and Independent Learning  (4.5 units)
 NURS1007 Dimensions of Physical and Mental Health (4.5 units)
 NURS2003 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (4.5 units)
 NURS2005 Managing Care of Clients in Different Care Settings (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS2006 Clinical Governance and Practice Improvement (4.5 units)
 NURS2010 Managing Care in Professional Practice (PEP) (9 units)

Core - Year 4 Nursing topics

36 units comprising:

NURS3001 Dynamics of Practice 2 (4.5 units)
NURS3002 Advanced Decision-Making and Practice (PEP) (9 units)
NURS3003 Dynamics of Practice 3 (4.5 units)
NURS3004 Transition to Professional Practice 1 (4.5 units)
NURS3005 Transition to Professional Practice 2 (PEP) (9 units)
NURS3006 Transition to Professional Practice 3 (4.5 units)

Health Education/Health Promotion

To qualify for the combined degrees of Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Education / Health Promotion), Bachelor of Nursing, a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or better in each topic. The topics must include:

  • 72 units of Health Sciences core topics
  • 72 units of Nursing core topics

Core - Year 1 Health Sciences topics

36 units comprising:

 HLPE1541  Social Determinants of Health  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1003  Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1004  Human Bioscience  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1101  Health Promotion for Health Professionals  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1304  Communication and Interprofessional Practice  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1305  Health Practitioner Practice 1  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1306  Health Practitioner Practice 2  (4.5 units)
 NURS1007 Dimensions of Physical and Mental Health (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 Health Sciences topics

36 units comprising:

 HLPE2540  Theories and Practices of Health Promotion  (4.5 units)
 HLPE3540  Drugs, Politics and Public Health  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2101  Critical Social Analysis of Health   (4.5 units)
 HLTH2105  Health: A Psychological Perspective  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2106  Project Management for Health Promotion  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3102  Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3105  Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 PHCA3506  Evaluation in Primary Health Care  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 Nursing topics

36 units comprising:

 ENVS2712  Environmental Change and Human Health  (4.5 units)
 NURS1001 Introduction to the Nursing Profession and Independent Learning  (4.5 units)
 NURS2003 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (4.5 units)
 NURS2005 Managing Care of Clients in Different Care Settings (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS2006 Clinical Governance and Practice Improvement (4.5 units)
 NURS2010 Managing Care in Professional Practice (PEP) (9 units)

Core - Year 4 Nursing topics

36 units comprising:

 NURS3001 Dynamics of Practice 2 (4.5 units)
 NURS3002 Advanced Decision-Making and Practice (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS3003 Dynamics of Practice 3 (4.5 units)
 NURS3004 Transition to Professional Practice 1 (4.5 units)
 NURS3005 Transition to Professional Practice 2 (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS3006 Transition to Professional Practice 3 (4.5 units)

Health Management

To qualify for the combined degrees of Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management), Bachelor of Nursing, a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or better in each topic. The topics must include:

  • 72 units of Health Sciences core topics
  • 72 units of Nursing core topics

Core - Year 1 Health Sciences topics

36 units comprising:

 BUSN1011  Accounting For Managers  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1021  Organisational Behaviour  (4.5 units)
 COMP1301  Information Systems in Business  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1003  Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1004  Human Bioscience  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1304  Communication and Interprofessional Practice  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1305  Health Practitioner Practice 1  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1306  Health Practitioner Practice 2  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 Health Sciences topics

36 units comprising:

 BUSN1022  Marketing Principles  (4.5 units)
 BUSN2038  Human Resource Management  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2101  Critical Social Analysis of Health   (4.5 units)
 HLTH2105  Health: A Psychological Perspective  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3102  Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3105  Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3108  Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of elective topics which may be chosen from any topic offered by the University provided topic prerequisites are met. Students are encouraged to select electives from the following:

 POLI1003  Australian Politics: A Comparative Study  (4.5 units)
 HLPE3540  Drugs, Politics and Public Health  (4.5 units)
 POLI2011  Australian Public Policy: Applications, Issues and Dilemmas  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 Nursing topics

36 units comprising:

 NURS1001 Introduction to the Nursing Profession and Independent Learning  (4.5 units)
 NURS1007 Dimensions of Physical and Mental Health (4.5 units)
 NURS2003 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (4.5 units)
 NURS2005 Managing Care of Clients in Different Care Settings (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS2006 Clinical Governance and Practice Improvement (4.5 units)
 NURS2010 Managing Care in Professional Practice (PEP) (9 units)

Core - Year 4 Nursing topics

36 units comprising:

 NURS3001 Dynamics of Practice 2 (4.5 units)
 NURS3002 Advanced Decision-Making and Practice (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS3003 Dynamics of Practice 3 (4.5 units)
 NURS3004 Transition to Professional Practice 1 (4.5 units)
 NURS3005 Transition to Professional Practice 2 (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS3006 Transition to Professional Practice 3 (4.5 units)

Mental Health Nursing (not offered from 1 January 2016)

The Mental Health stream is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Nursing combined degree because General Nurse registration is a requirement for registration as a Mental Health Nurse. This program provides all the necessary topics and practical required for General and Mental Health nursing registration.

To qualify for the combined degrees of Bachelor of Health Sciences (Mental Health Nursing), Bachelor of Nursing, a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or better in each topic. The topics must include:

  • 49.5 units of Health Sciences core topics
  • 94.5 units of Nursing core topics

Core - Year 1 Health Sciences topics

36 units comprising:

 HLTH1003  Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1004  Human Bioscience  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1304  Communication and Interprofessional Practice  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1305  Health Practitioner Practice 1  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1306  Health Practitioner Practice 2  (4.5 units) 
 HLTH2101  Critical Social Analysis of Health   (4.5 units)
 HLTH2105  Health: A Psychological Perspective  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3108  Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 Nursing topics

36 units comprising:

 NURS1001 Introduction to the Nursing Profession and Independent Learning  (4.5 units)
 NURS2003 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (4.5 units)
 NURS2005 Managing Care of Clients in Different Care Settings (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS2006 Clinical Governance and Practice Improvement (4.5 units)
 NURS2007 Integrating theory and practice (4.5 units)
 NURS2010 Managing Care in Professional Practice (PEP) (9 units)

Core - Year 3 Health Sciences and Nursing topics

36 units comprising:

 DSRS3234  Case Management  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3102  Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3105  Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 NURS3731 Mental Health Nursing Practice 1 (9 units)
 NURS3732 Mental Health Nursing Practice 2 (9 units)
 NURS3733 Population Focused Mental Health Nursing (4.5 units)

Core - Year 4 Nursing topics

36 units comprising:

 NURS3001 Dynamics of Practice 2 (4.5 units)
 NURS3002 Advanced Decision-Making and Practice (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS3003 Dynamics of Practice 3 (4.5 units)
 NURS3004 Transition to Professional Practice 1 (4.5 units)
 NURS3005 Transition to Professional Practice 2 (PEP) (9 units)
 NURS3006 Transition to Professional Practice 3 (4.5 units)