Master of Clinical Nursing

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Online
Duration:

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Description

This course builds on from the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing and aims to expand the health clinician's knowledge and skills in clinical nursing at a specialist and advanced level. The course includes carefully designed coursework units with embedded research-led teaching, with both project and thesis options.

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Nursing will be able to:

  • evaluate issues and challenges confronting the clinical practice within the health care sector
  • conceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical nursing to support service delivery in culturally-diverse health care settings
  • connect theory, practice and research with regard to clinical nursing in the health care workplace
  • examine the ethical aspects of personal, professional, social, cultural, environmental and institutional changes within contemporary health care delivery and respond to such changes
  • reflect on options and opportunities to enhance professional practice in contemporary local, regional and global health care contexts
  • contribute to values-based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.

Course duration

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Online

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Students must meet employment at the point of commencing studies. Find out more about deferment.

Credit Points

120

40 credit points of this course consist of the units in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and 40 credit points of this course are derived from the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing.

Students have the option to pursue a project stream or a research stream within this course:

The project stream consists of a combination of a project and electives (total value of 40 credit points).

The research stream consists of a two-part research dissertation valued at total of 40 credit points.

Exit Point

Students may exit with either of the following awards provided they have completed the required units specified within the degree:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing: 40 cp from Clinical Nursing units.
  2. Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing: 40 cp from Clinical Nursing units and 40 cp from either Project Stream Units or Research Units.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Online
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $19252 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Clinical Nursing an applicant must:

  1. Have completed one of:
    1. a Bachelor of Nursing;
    2. the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing; or
    3. the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing
  2. Hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
  3. Be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Career paths

Graduates may seek employment in government or private health care and education facilities in clinical nursing, education and research.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Students must be a Registered Nurse and be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation. They need to remain employed in this specialty nursing area while studying the four clinical nursing units (Graduate Certificate level) unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.

More course information

40 credit points of this course consist of the units in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and 40 credit points of this course are derived from the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing.

Students have the option to pursue a project stream or a research stream within this course:

The project stream consists of a combination of a project and electives (total value of 40 credit points).

The research stream consists of a two-part research dissertation valued at total of 40 credit points.

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