Master of Nursing

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in nursing, or equivalent qualification, and eligibility for nurse registration in Australia.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

Applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience (or part-time equivalent) as a registered nurse.

Special admission requirements

For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.

Closing date

June 1 or January 1 of each year.  Students can commence in TP1 or TP2.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

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

  • Communicate effectively and efficiently, including the ability to interpret and transmit both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist individuals and groups, such as consumers, key stakeholder groups and other members of the health care team

  • Use expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility in the complex care of clients that incorporates relevant policy and budgetary directives.

  • Design and implement research and actively contribute to research projects that advance the body of knowledge in their clinical specialty

  • Utilise the practice and processes of reflection and advocacy for both self-improvement and improvement in the quality of client care delivered in their specific clinical area

  • Synthesise advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and exercise expert judgement to address specific complex problems within the health care system, taking into consideration the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of nursing practice

  • Demonstrate, integrate and promulgate principles of cultural awareness and safety, professional regulation, economic and political issues as they relate to the diverse geographic, professional and clinical specialty contexts

  • Deploy and evaluate existing and emerging technologies, including information literacy and clinical technologies, in the provision of complex patient care and the maintenance of high level communication in the workplace

  • Safely and competently perform complex technical and/or clinical nursing skills in the delivery of appropriate client care across a broad range of clinical contexts

  • Act as role models and mentors to other less experienced clinicians and to student practitioners

  • Act as change agents and innovators by using creativity and initiative to continually improve the quality of care and the efficiency of the work unit.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

NS5201:03 Research Design: Theory and Application

NS5366:03 Practice Development Project


Select 30 credit points from level 5 and level 6 NS and HS subjects or select a major from the following list


Type of major

Optional Single

Credit points in major

30 credit points

Special requirements





Advanced Clinical Practice



Care of the Older Adult

Townsville (Suspended 2014 – 2017)


Clinical Education



Critical Care

Townsville (Suspended 2014 – 2017)


Leadership and Management









Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points (maximum 12 credit points for formal studies; maximum of 6 credit points for Recognised Prior Learning [RPL]


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Major will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Nursing.

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Nursing.

Course articulation

Not applicable