Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

  • Effective from: 2019
  • Approved Abbreviation: BN(Hons)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4529
  • AQF Level: 8

CRICOS code: 

This program applies to students who commenced in 2019 or later.

For Commencement Year 2008, please refer to: 4529.2 Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

This program is designed for graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing degree and other similar degrees. Successful completion of the program provides students with a sound basis for subsequent research within their own work environments and enables them to progress to higher degree research-related programs.

This program provides an opportunity for students, under guidance of their supervisors, to plan and implement a research project in the area of nursing practice. Knowledge, skills and experience gained by students completing this program will contribute to the knowledge base for nursing practice.

The program of study combines a research project with coursework. The coursework, undertaken during the first semester of enrolment, comprises two subjects of study which focus on critical review of research literature, understanding ethical principles applied to practice-based research and the development of a formal research proposal. The remainder of the program focuses on completion of a research project and the preparation and submission of a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) thesis.

This program can be undertaken concurrently with any new graduate transitional program offered by various hospitals.

Study Mode 

One year full-time or two years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Antoinette Cotton

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Multi Modal Antoinette Cotton
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Multi Modal Antoinette Cotton

Admission

Admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program is determined on the basis of all of the following criteria being met

  • Current registration as a registered nurse/midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency- Nursing and Midwifery, or eligibility for same.
  • Completion of Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery undergraduate degree (Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 or equivalent) with achievement of a threshold Average Admission Mark (AAM) equal to, or above, the minimum of 65.
  • Statement of Intent-outlining the proposed research topic area, aim and general method proposed to be used in the research study (500 words).
  • Appointment of a principal supervisor by the Dean, or nominee, of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Demonstrated satisfactory academic writing skills appropriate to the discipline which will be assessed by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is not open to international student visa holders.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NURS 4010 Research in Nursing Practice 10
NURS 4007 Nursing Honours Thesis A (Full-time) 20
NURS 4009 Readings and Methodology 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NURS 4008 Nursing Honours Thesis B (Full-time) 40
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points80

Part-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NURS 4010 Research in Nursing Practice 10
 Credit Points10
2H session
NURS 4006 Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time) 20
 Credit Points20
Spring session
NURS 4009 Readings and Methodology 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
1H session
NURS 4006 Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time) 20
 Credit Points20
2H session
NURS 4006 Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time) 20
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points80