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James Cook University Nursing School

Program Overview - Bachelor of Nursing Science

University and Faculty: James Cook University (JCU)
College of Healthcare Sciences
Program: Bachelor of Nursing Science (Pre-registration)
University Location: Townsville and Cairns, Queensland, Australia
City Populations: 190,000 and 170,000
Student Population: 11,5000 and 4,000
Campus Locations: Townsville and Cairns
Program Duration: 3 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $31,200 AUD (2019)

At Approximately 120 casual tutors and clinical educators are required to assist with the teaching and clinical placement of students at our campuses and in hospitals throughout the North Queensland region. The JCU campuses are equipped with simulated hospital wards, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, and laboratories for biophysical science classes.

Nursing requires a combination of skills and knowledge to provide physical, mental and emotional care to patients. The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University works closely with Queensland Health and private providers to offer a wide range of student placement opportunities throughout North Queensland. Specializations are available in General Nursing and Mental Health Nursing.

The JCU Department of Nursing Sciences was founded in October 1989, accepting its first students in 1990. Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition is the largest discipline within the College of Healthcare Sciences, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. The undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing Science is offered in on-campus mode in Townsville and Cairns, mixed mode in Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island, and in distance learning mode. A Nursing degree from JCU gives you a strong foothold into one of the world’s highest demand professions—all with a unique regional focus that you will not find anywhere else in Australia.


Unique Features of the Program

JCU Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition [NMN] has a vibrant culture of research, with activity organized into seven clusters: Natural Disasters; Indigenous Futures; Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health; Mental Health; Leadership & Clinical Governance; Teaching & Learning; and Clinical Research.

JCU's nursing course places an emphasis on tropical health issues and nursing for rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities. Clinical placements take place from first year of study.


Why International Students Like to Study at JCU in this Program

More than 1,500 students are currently studying in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition. The school is renowned for its friendliness and sense of family. Nursing students never feel like just another number. With effective support services, nursing students receive the personal attention needed to achieve their best.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Practicing in Australia

Graduates can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to become registered nurses in Australia and many overseas countries.

Returning to Canada to Practice

All nursing professions are regulated in Canada. This means that you must be registered with one of the provincial or territorial regulatory bodies to be authorized to practise as a nurse in Canada. The regulatory body for nursing in each province and territory handles the assessment of qualifications for internationally educated nurses and the scheduling of nurses to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.

Graduates from Canada who wish to practice as a registered nurse upon their return to Canada should be aware of the certification process for foreign-trained nurses in their province of residence.

For information about the Canadian certification processes for foreign-trained registered nurses, please visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) website.


Admissions Criteria/Entry requirements for Canadians

Eligible applicants must have completed a high school diploma. A minimum GPA of 67% in the best six Ontario Grade 12 subjects or equivalent for students from other provinces. If you have completed post-secondary studies at the college and/or university level, those grades will also be considered.

Applicants must also have completed the prerequisite subject of English at the high-school level. Biology, Chemistry and any high school studies in Mathematics are recommended.

Canadian college nursing graduates and Canadian university graduates with a general bachelor's degree are welcome to apply. James Cook University will assess a student's application for credit for previous studies to determine whether past subjects are equivalent to JCU nursing subjects, and credit may be granted toward some JCU nursing subjects.

Finally, Canadian students who accept an offer of admission to JCU Nursing must provide evidence of immunity to hepatitis B, provide a current first aid and CPR certificate, and obtain a "Queensland Blue Card" to work with children, prior to undertaking clinical placement. OzTREKK will assist you with all of these requirements and help ensure you are well prepared for your studies at JCU!


Total Number of Places in the Program: no set limit

Application Deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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