Pilbara university nursing course gains accreditation
Pilbara students studying nursing with CQUniversity can now complete their training without leaving the region after the popular online course gained accreditation last month.
The university’s bachelor of nursing degree, which in the Pilbara is run in partnership with North Regional TAFE and based at its South Hedland campus, has been accredited and a residential school program formally set up for practical studies.
Students previously had to travel to residential schools in Queensland to complete the practical components of the course, but accreditation will allow them to do that training locally.
CQUniversity’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences dean Moira Williamson said with accreditation students would now be able to complete their degrees without the added time and cost of travelling over east.
“CQUniversity was originally approached by the community to provide a pathway for enrolled nurses who had undertaken their Diploma of Nursing at the North Regional TAFE into the Bachelor of Nursing course, so we are pleased that this accreditation now enables all of the study to be completed in the Pilbara,” she said.
Accreditation has been a long process for the nursing program, with some students expressing frustration at delays to the process late last year.
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