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Since 2006, the University of Tasmania (UTAS) School of Nursing and Midwifery (now known as the School of Health Sciences) has been offering the highly regarded Bachelor of Nursing in partnership with St Vincent's Health Australia, Sydney.

'A unique partnership'This partnership is the culmination of a unique partnership and shared vision that students need a quality education and, at the same time, a sense of belonging in health care agencies where they undertake clinical practice.

For this reason, UTAS teaches the practical component of the course. This approach allows for industry based learning to be carried out at a centre of excellence that covers a wide spectrum of health care provision in both public and private sectors.

'Six semesters over two years'The course was unique in New South Wales when it was first introduced. It runs for six semesters over two years to enable students to accelerate their nursing degree. Two summer semesters are utilised for study. In this way, we can offer what is normally a three year program over two years.

Teaching is delivered by highly qualified academic staff supported by experienced practising clinicians.

Who is St Vincent's Health Australia, Sydney?

'The leading hospitals in Sydney'St Vincent's Health Australia, Sydney is the largest non-government, non-profit, health care provider in Australia and is part of the Sisters of Charity Health Service. It consists of five major hospitals with over 50 in-patient and out-patient departments.

The five hospitals are:

  • St Vincent's Hospital, a major public and principal referral hospital
  • St Vincent's Private Hospital, one of Australia's leading private hospitals, co-located with the public hospital
  • Mater Private Hospital, specialising in cancer care, joint replacement, sports injuries, maternity and women's health, lung and vascular diseases and cochlear implants
  • Sacred Heart Public Hospital providing palliative and rehabilitation care
  • St Joseph's Public Hospital providing aged care, palliative care and psychiatric care

St Vincent's Helath Australia, Sydney recognises the value of nursing in health care delivery and is committed to nursing education.

For more information about St Vincents Health Australia, Sydney please visit the St Vincent's Hospital Website.

About the School of Health Sciences

'A School with an international reputation'The School of Health Sciences at UTAS is a key provider of nursing education both in Australia and overseas. The School is recognised for providing innovative educational programs, with an emphasis on clinical education, and a rapidly developing research profile. The academic staff members at the school have national and international recognition for teaching and learning and research and scholarship. The School of Health Sciences has the aspiration of being Australia's best provider of nursing education.

For more information about the School of Health Sciences (Nursing and Midwifery) and the University of Tasmania, please visit the Nursing & Midwifery Website.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Nursing aims to prepare students for a broad range of first level practice roles in community and hospital settings. The majority of students’ clinical practice will be undertaken at St Vincent's Health Australia, Sydney.

The schedule can be found in the University of Tasmania's Handbook on the web.

Career opportunities

'Excellent career opportunities'The Bachelor of Nursing is well recognised through the quality of its graduates. Nursing graduates work in a wide range of institutional and community settings. Graduates of the two-year course will have had the opportunity to understand and appreciate the St Vincent's Health mission and values and they will be encouraged to consider employment opportunities at St Vincents in the first instance.

Professional recognition

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) accredits this course and graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the NMBA. Your registration will be recognised in the States and Territories of Australia that have enacted the National Law.

Entry requirements

You may apply for admission based on:

  • Year 12 qualifications that have reached the standard necessary for university admission; or
  • previous tertiary study or qualifications, professional qualifications or work experience.

Please note that this course is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia.

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