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As a high achieving nurse, your commitment to continuous learning and development will see you take your nursing career to new heights with the Master of Nursing. Recognising the changing environment of the nursing field, this program will equip you to face the exciting challenges of 21st century health care in the areas of professional leadership, clinical education, health care improvement, research, and evidence-based practice.

As a registered nurse, you will have the opportunity to further develop your individual areas of interest whilst exploring and learning to adapt to the challenging and constantly changing landscape of professional nursing.

Through the study of social, cultural, economic and political influences surrounding nursing and health care in general, you will be prepared to provide advanced clinical knowledge and advice across the full spectrum of healthcare settings.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study, so you can achieve your Master of Nursing at a time that suits you.

Master of Nursing

Advancement

Advance to clinical nurse specialist, clinical nurse researcher, clinical nurse consultant, clinical educator, or nurse unit manager.

Online

Study 100% online so you can stay where you are needed most.

Master of Nursing

Choose your Specialisation

Tailor the program to your needs by choosing from one of our program specialisations. 

Skill Development

Develop your skills in professional leadership, clinical education, health care improvement, research, and evidence-based practice.

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Program Intake
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  • Trimester 3
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Number of Courses
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40156

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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

40156

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Is It For You?

If you are looking to develop and enhance your advanced nursing knowledge into new and more specialised areas to ultimately take on more challenging nursing roles, the Master of Nursing could be the program for you.

This advanced program can develop your skills in professional leadership, clinical education, health care improvement, research, and evidence-based practice. You will also be able to hone your ability to communicate within an interdisciplinary team, work autonomously in an advanced clinical leadership role, participate in organisational, social and cultural change and effectively educate others.

With the opportunity to specialise your study and strengthen your existing capabilities, the program draws on both clinical theory and practical application delivered by clinical experts in their fields.

What You Will Study

The core of the program will see you study contemporary issues in nursing, research methods, and knowledge translation in healthcare. The remainder of the program has a focus on providing you with comprehensive and relevant specialisation options. With the specialisations purposefully structured to help you achieve the best career outcome for you, you will be provided with the best possible educational grounding to meet your career objectives.

Career Opportunities

At the completion of the Master of Nursing, you will be able to undertake roles such as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse researcher, clinical nurse consultant, clinical educator, or nurse unit manager.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

As a clinical nurse specialist you will provide advanced practice in specialist areas of healthcare. Your role may also include being a mentor and educator of trainee nurses and new staff members, providing guidance when needed.

Clinical Research Nurse

As a clinical research nurse you will undertake and lead applied clinical research. In this role you will need to keep up with to date with current and emerging trends in the health care field so the healthcare environment you work for is providing best practice care to its patients.

Clinical Nurse Consultant

As a clinical nurse consultant you work as part of a team of healthcare provide expert patient care. You will manage your own caseload, consult and educate patients/consumers and other health professionals on health care practice and advanced practice.

Clinical Nurse Educator

As a nurse educator you will ultimately be responsible for teaching and learning in a clinical setting. This may include the design, research, implementation and evaluation of nurse education, clinical competencies and inter-professional development.

Nurse Unit Manager

As a nurse unit manager, you are responsible for the effective management of staffing, policy and financial resources enabling the provision of safe, cost-effective care within a specified unit, team or hospital.

Specialisations

The program contains a wide selection of courses allowing you to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to advance your practice in a variety of specialty areas. You can choose to do a generic Master of Nursing or pick from one of seven specialisations.

Master of Nursing (Healthcare Improvement)

This specialisation includes leadership, safety and quality, project management, and design. Your fellow students will come from medicine, nursing, business, and design backgrounds. With this degree you could seek employment in healthcare quality and safety roles or other leadership positions.

Master of Nursing (Research)

This specialisation provides a comprehensive foundation for nurses interested in research. You will learn qualitative and quantitative research methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology. With this degree you could seek employment as a research nurse or undertake clinical research.

Master of Nursing (Child, Youth & Family)

In this specialisation you will study key areas such as pregnancy, birth and the family, family studies, special care of the newborn, acute and chronic care of children, and child and youth mental health. With this degree you could seek employment in child, youth, and family health care in various practice settings.

Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease & Ageing)

In this specialisation you will develop a solid knowledge base in areas such as mental health nursing in older people, aging in health, chronic disease prevention and management, and palliative care. With this degree you could seek employment in many different primary, acute, and aged care areas.

Master of Nursing (Acute & Critical Care)

In this specialisation you will study acute and critical care courses including emergency, intensive care, acute stroke management, and infection control. With this degree you could seek employment as a clinical nurse specialist in an acute or critical care area.

Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice)

In this specialisation you will develop your professional knowledge, clinical judgement, and technical skills to an advanced level of capability. You will learn advanced physical assessment, diagnostics, symptom management, and pharmacotherapeutics. With this degree you could seek employment as a clinical nurse specialist or clinical nurse consultant.

Master of Nursing (Clinical Education)

This specialisation prepares you to support and teach healthcare students and staff and assist in the development, design, implementation and evaluation of education and professional development programs. With this degree you could seek employment as a clinical nurse educator, nurse educator, or clinical facilitator. 

Entry Requirements

Registered Nurse with Honours or a postgraduate qualification such as Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or a minimum of one year’s experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.

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Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application.

All applicants should provide evidence of current registration.

Registered Nurse with Honours or a postgraduate qualification such as Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or a minimum of one year’s experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae are eligible for admission to the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) and should ensure that certified copies of postgraduate academic transcripts are included with their application.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

All applicants must provide a copy practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority.

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Nursing? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing. The Graduate Certificate is 40 (2 or 3 courses, depending on Specialisation) units and is a pathway into the Master.

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing, please visit the program page.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40156
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
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Description

The Master of Nursing is an 80 unit program with seven distinct specialisations, enabling students to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills for advanced practice in their specific specialty area. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be a Registered Nurse with:

  • Honours; or
  • a postgraduate qualification such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or
  • a minimum of one year’s experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Nursing consists of 80 units, including 30 units of core courses. Students undertaking one of the seven specialisations choose 30 units from the courses in the specialisation and 20 units from the General Directed Course List in addition to completing the 30 units of core courses. Students who do not wish to undertake a specialisation will choose 50 units from the General Directed Course List in addition to completing the 30 units of core courses.

The seven specialisations are:

  • Healthcare Improvement
  • Research
  • Child, Youth and Family
  • Chronic Disease and Ageing
  • Acute & Critical Care
  • Advanced Practice
  • Clinical Education.

 

Course Information

Core & General Directed Courses

Core Courses: All students must complete the following 30 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6120 Contemporary Nursing Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6900 Introduction to Research in Health Care Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
NURS6910 Knowledge Translation in Health Care Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

General Directed Course List: Students undertaking a specialisation must select their remaining units from the following directed course list. Students not wishing to undertake a specialisation must choose 50 units from the following directed course list to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
BIOS6920 Biostatistics B Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
CLAM6001 Evaluating, Assessing and Developing Clinical Competence Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
CLAM6004 Clinical Practice Audit, Safety and Quality Improvement Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6042 Digitally Supported Learning Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6101 Web 2.0 and Beyond Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EPID6410 Clinical Epidemiology Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
GSBS6511 Creativity and Design Thinking for Enterprise Trimester 1 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
HLSC6106 Foundations in Family Studies Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
HPRO6715 Foundations of Health Promotion Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
MEDI6802 Contemporary Issues in Chronic Disease Management Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6018 Acute Nursing Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 20 units
NURS6020 Emergency Nursing Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 20 units
NURS6021 Health Assessment and Applied Pathophysiology Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 20 units
NURS6022 Critical Care Nursing Not currently offered 20 units
NURS6023 Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Development Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6024 Contemporary Issues in Paediatric Nursing Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6025 Perinatal, infant and younger child mental health (22 weeks gestation to 11 years of age) Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6026 Older Child and Youth Mental Health: 12 to 24 Years Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6035 Therapeutic Engagement and Psychosocial Interventions Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6190 Health Care and the Older Person Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6250 Ageing and Health Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical and Integrated Clinical Diagnosis Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 20 units
NURS6621 Clinical Practice A Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6814 Pregnancy Birth and the Family Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6815 Care of the Unwell Newborn Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6816 Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
PGTD6004 Unravelling Complexity Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Health Care Professionals Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
PUBH6150 Introduction to Quality and Safety in Health Care Not currently offered 10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
PUBH6301 Chronic Disease and Injury Control Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units

Healthcare Improvement

Directed Courses: Students must choose 30 units from the following courses and 20 units from the General Directed Course List to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
CLAM6004 Clinical Practice Audit, Safety and Quality Improvement Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
GSBS6511 Creativity and Design Thinking for Enterprise Trimester 1 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
PGTD6004 Unravelling Complexity Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
PUBH6150 Introduction to Quality and Safety in Health Care Not currently offered 10 units

Research

Directed Courses: Students must choose 30 units from the following courses and 20 units from the General Directed Course List to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
BIOS6920 Biostatistics B Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
EPID6410 Clinical Epidemiology Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units

Child, Youth and Family

Directed Courses: Students must choose 30 units from the following courses and 20 units from the General Directed Course List to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
HLSC6106 Foundations in Family Studies Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6023 Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Development Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6024 Contemporary Issues in Paediatric Nursing Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6025 Perinatal, infant and younger child mental health (22 weeks gestation to 11 years of age) Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6026 Older Child and Youth Mental Health: 12 to 24 Years Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6814 Pregnancy Birth and the Family Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6815 Care of the Unwell Newborn Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

Chronic Disease & Ageing

Directed Courses: Students must choose 30 units from the following courses and 20 units from the General Directed Course List to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
HPRO6715 Foundations of Health Promotion Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
MEDI6802 Contemporary Issues in Chronic Disease Management Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6190 Health Care and the Older Person Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6250 Ageing and Health Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
PUBH6301 Chronic Disease and Injury Control Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units

Advanced Practice

Directed Courses: Students must choose 30 units from the following courses and 20 units from the General Directed Course List to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical and Integrated Clinical Diagnosis Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 20 units
NURS6621 Clinical Practice A Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Health Care Professionals Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
PHAR6702 Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics for Clinical Practice Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

Clinical Education

Directed Courses: Students must choose 30 units from the following courses and 20 units from the General Directed Course List to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
CLAM6001 Evaluating, Assessing and Developing Clinical Competence Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6042 Digitally Supported Learning Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6101 Web 2.0 and Beyond Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

Acute & Critical Care

Directed Courses: Students must choose 30 units from the following courses and 20 units from the General Directed Course List to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6018 Acute Nursing Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 20 units
NURS6020 Emergency Nursing Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 20 units
NURS6022 Critical Care Nursing Not currently offered 20 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
NURS6816 Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of the discipline of nursing and nursing management.
  • Display effective written and/or oral communication skills within a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply advanced knowledge in nursing management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methodology and its application to research questions in nursing and other health related areas.
  • Demonstrate professional self-efficacy and leadership.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and safety.
  • Display respect for the community and the environment.
  • Identify and critically discuss cultural, ethical, equity, nursing and research initiatives to close the health gaps for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practice assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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