Nursing students will start their Bachelor of Nursing degree at the new University of Canberra Sydney Hills (UCSH) campus at Castle Hill this month.
The first intake for the three-year full-time course has been limited to 60 students in Semester One 2023 at the state-of-the-art campus
The campus at 72-74 Cecil Ave, Castle Hill was the former Castle Hill Day Surgery building and has been refurbished to offer computer labs, lab spaces, simulated hospital wards plus high-tech teaching spaces and laboratory equipment.
The University first announced it would be expanding its in-demand Bachelor of Nursing course outside Canberra to the Hills in April 2021 in partnership with the Education Centre of Australia (ECA).
At the time the University of Canberra Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students, Partnerships & International Professor Lawrence Pratchett said the partnership represented an exciting time in the University’s history.
“The partnership with the Education Centre of Australia and the establishment of the new Sydney Hills campus marks a period of growth for the University and an exciting opportunity to take our nursing courses further,” Professor Pratchett said.
“We know there is high demand for health courses, particularly in this locale and internationally, so the establishment of the campus has received strong support from local community groups and council.”
The two-storey, purpose-built campus offers 2,000 square metres of teaching and study spaces, equipped with all the facilities and equipment needed for the delivery of a worldclass nursing curriculum.
Students studying at the University of Canberra Sydney Hills campus will have access to local and regional clinical placements and employment opportunities.
Professor Michelle Lincoln (pictured), Executive Dean of the University’s Faculty of Health said: .“We’re excited to be bringing our globally respected course to the Sydney Hills district, and to equip our students with the necessary skills, experience and qualifications to join the local healthcare workforce.
“There is high demand for health courses in this locale, and through this partnership at our Sydney Hills campus we believe we will see significant growth in the University’s nursing course offering,” she said.
She said limiting nursing cohort to 60 students will ensure smaller class sizes and personalised support. Students studying at the University of Canberra Sydney Hills campus will have access to local and regional clinical placements and employment opportunities, further enhancing their student experience.
“This is an incredible opportunity for aspiring nurses to learn from experienced University of Canberra staff, while gaining valuable insight into the profession through our strong partnerships within the healthcare industry,” Professor Lincoln said.