Bachelor of Nursing – Acute Care Nursing

Course Overview


The course intends to develop critical thinking and leadership in nursing practice. Those entering this course are registered nurses with considerable experience in nursing practice. They already have strong practice knowledge in nursing. Therefore, the role of this course is to use their experience to develop a deeper theoretical knowledge and the critical thinking and clinical reasoning required of an advanced practitioner. The course equips graduates to effectively assess, diagnose and manage the acutely ill patients admitted to hospital. They should be able to understand and effectively manage the seriously ill child in hospital and develop and implement discharge plan for patients and effectively communicate patient are to primary care nurse where appropriate.

Admission Requirements


The normal entry criterion for this degree is University Entrance. Registered Nurses may enter directly into the 4th year of the degree if they meet the following criteria;

  1. Is a practicing Registered Nurse (RN) with a minimum of 2 years post registration practice plus one of the following ;
  2. Holds a Diploma in Nursing in SICHE or equivalent or;
  3. Holds a Certificate of Nursing, plus has completed an In-service Diploma, a bridging programme or equivalent course or;
  4. Has completed another 3 year nursing programmes plus has completed an In-service Diploma, a bridging programme or equivalent courses.

Course Structure


Course Code: HBNA
Course Name: Bachelor of Nursing – Acute Care Nursing
Duration: 1 year
Core Units: 8 Units
Total Credit Points: 120
Campus: Kukum

Unit CodeUnit TitlePrerequisiteSemester offeredCredit Points
BN711Applied Science & Pharmacology115
BN721Assessment & Diagnostic Investigation115
BN741Practicum 1115
BN781Research & Evidence Based Practice115
AC722Acute Nursing PracticeBN711 & BN721215
BN731Leadership & Management215
AC761Management of the Ill ChildBN711, BN721 & BN781215
BN742Practicum 2AC741215