Combine clinical practice with contemporary health research.
Pursue your passion for health care and develop your scientific knowledge of bioscience, anatomy and physiology, mental health, medical management and leadership research by enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) program.
This program has a strong focus on clinical practice and allows you to research contemporary health issues. You’ll develop your research capabilities, learning how to assess and analyse practice issues and find information to solve problems in your work or educational context. For your research project, you can choose a health care topic that sparks your interest. Your topic may even link to your workplace, allowing you to target a population of interest to you.
At USC, you can develop a supportive one-on-one relationship with your supervisors and immerse yourself in an environment of quality research. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in collaborative research in the NURTURE Research Cluster with experts in three main fields: Maternal and Child Health, Acute and Complex Care of Adults, and Health Professional Education. USC’s research in Nursing is rated well above world standard in the Australian Research Council’s 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report.
Our program is designed to support your transition from a Registered Nurse’s role to professional roles, academia or further study. You’ll complete a professional internship to gain practical experience and it could even help you secure a job at the end of your degree.
The opening of a new public hospital in 2016 presents tremendous job opportunities, or consider further research such as the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) or Doctor of Philosophy.
Students will have satisfied the requirements for the award of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing Science award (or equivalent), be registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), met the English language requirement and have demonstrated a high level of achievement evidenced by a GPA of 5.0 over the second and third year of the degree program.
Registered Nurse in a wide range of practice contexts and roles including nurse researcher. As a first step to an academic career pathway.
Graduates would be eligible to apply for membership to the Australian College of Nursing.
Application and admission advice
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25 May 2017
Mother of two awarded University Medal
A mother of two who enrolled in a Nursing Science degree at USC after a long career in retail has graduated with flying colours and received a University Medal for academic excellence.
21 April 2016
Wamuran graduate lands nursing position
Madison Fredberg of Wamuran has headed to North Queensland for work after completing a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
31 August 2015
University medallist launches nursing career
A Bli Bli woman who decided to attend university 10 years after finishing Year 12 at Mountain Creek State High School has launched her dream career with a job on the Coast.
10 December 2014
Technology award for USC building
USC’s multimillion dollar Learning and Teaching Hub has won another award, this time for its innovative technology.
10 December 2014
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USC has gained a strong reputation for producing nursing leaders after its third student in three years was named a national Emerging Nurse Leader.
1 May 2014
Safe sleeping pods in running for national award
The team behind an innovative child health program being run in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast has been named a finalist in the 2014 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards in Melbourne on 8 May.
What will I study
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Coursework component (4) 48 units
PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:
HLT701 Qualitative Research: Approaches and Practice
HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education
NUR705 Responding in the Emergency Context
NUR707 Global Emergency Issues
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment
PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods
Research component (4) 48 units
Classes of honours
The degree will be awarded in one of the three classes:
- Class 1
- Class 2 (awarded as Division 1 or Division 2)
- Class 3
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 96
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm you meet the English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Make an appointment with the Honours Coordinator within the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering to discuss your potential research topic and the availability of suitable supervisors.
- Download the Application for Honours program form
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
How to enrol
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Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to make sure you are studying the right courses at the right time so you complete the required unit value to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
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