Frus­tra­tion around on­line course

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

A new on­line nurs­ing course through Cen­tral Queens­land Univer­sity in the Pil­bara has drawn mixed at­ten­tion, with stu­dents al­ready try­ing to en­rol in the course de­spite it not be­ing ac­cred­ited yet.

The part­ner­ship be­tween North Re­gional TAFE and CQU would al­low Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing stu­dents to com­plete their first year of train­ing with NRT in Hed­land, then tran­si­tion to on­line study from March 2019.

Kar­ratha res­i­dent Mhairi Snow who en­rolled and com­pleted five units in the on­line nurs­ing course worth around $6000, sup­ported by her part­ner Steven, was shocked when told she couldn’t com­plete a prac­ti­cal unit in Hed­land.

“Un­for­tu­nately my wife Mhairi has been one of the po­ten­tial nurses who en­rolled for a two-year course in June 2017, now only to be told the de­lay in ac­cred­i­ta­tion means the course will only start in 2019,” Mr Snow said. “I'm cer­tain there will be other po­ten­tial nurses in the Pil­bara which have been af­fected by the in­abil­ity of CQU to pro­vide the course that they ad­ver­tised in 2017 and let the stu­dents en­rol on to get their nurs­ing de­gree in the Pil­bara.”

Ms Snow en­rolled in nurs­ing with North Re­gional Tafe in Port Hed­land in 2017 and was al­legedly en­cour­aged to en­rol on­line through CQU Kar­ratha.

“Only af­ter en­rolling on the twoyear course the ac­cred­i­ta­tion is­sue started to raise its head. My wife wanted to can­cel her en­rol­ment ... but was en­cour­aged by the Kar­ratha hub co-or­di­na­tor to keep go­ing with the on­line cour­ses ... as the ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Hed­land wouldn't be far away,” Mr Snow said. “A two-year course will take four years to com­plete re­gard­less of all the on­line com­po­nents she has al­ready com­pleted in the mean­time.

“CQU should never have let the Pil­bara stu­dents reg­is­ter on this course with­out hav­ing the proper ac­cred­i­ta­tion in place.”

A CQU me­dia spokesman said the univer­sity was proud to part­ner with the lo­cal TAFE to pro­vide their Diploma of Nurs­ing stu­dents with an ar­tic­u­la­tion path­way into a Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing course.

“CQUniver­sity has only ever ad­ver­tised that there is a for­mal ar­tic­u­la­tion be­tween the TAFE Diploma of Nurs­ing and our Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing course,” he said.

“We have al­ways en­deav­oured to make it very clear that any stu­dent ap­ply­ing for en­try into the Bach­e­lor course in WA will need to at­tend a res­i­den­tial school in Queens­land ... be­fore a clin­i­cal place­ment.

“The CQU Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing is avail­able on­line but as part of the course all stu­dents need to at­tend ac­cred­ited res­i­den­tial schools which are cur­rently only able to be held in Queens­land.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Mhairi and Steven Snow.

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