The curriculum has now been fully accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Both new students and continuing students will be receiving the new curriculum from 2013.
Exciting changes include:
- An observational visit to a health facility in first semester, first year.
- A choice of distributed clinical placement (now called Professional Experience Placement or PEP) in second semester, first year. This means students will attend University for three days each week, and will be on PEP for the rest of the week. Distributed PEP will also occur in the clinical placement subject in second semester, second year.
- A choice of distributed or block PEP in first semester of both second and third years.
- A choice between 3 different elective subjects in second year: Specialist Nursing in Northern Australia, Rural and Remote Nursing or Clinical Leadership and Management, all with 10 days of block PEP attached.
- A choice between 2 different elective subjects in third year: Community Approaches to Care or Applying Evidence to Practice.
- A choice between 3 optional majors: rural and remote health, mental health and evidence based practice.
- Laboratories and tutorials rolled into one Professional Experience Workshop (PEW) in the six required clinical practice subjects, to better link theory with practice.
- A ‘Capstone’ subject, inclusive of 30 days block Professional Experience Placement, then a return to University for your final week of study, to allow best transition into the workforce.