Master of Nursing

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Healthcare Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent qualification and;

Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside Australia.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3aSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection

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

Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course.  Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Nursing, graduates will be able to:

  • Adapt and apply specialised knowledge, skills and technical competencies across a variety of health contexts, including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
  • Expertly communicate using high-level written and oral language skills
  • Reflect on practice of self and others to ensure quality and promote an environment of excellence in healthcare
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
  • Advance nursing knowledge through the generation of evidence relevant to their specialist area
  • Transform practice through the skilful application of advanced knowledge, relevant evidence and leadership skills.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustmentsReasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


NS5330:03 Persuasive Communication

NS5331:03 Effective Clinical Governance

NS5332:03 Informatics for Health Professionals

NS5333:03 Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare

NS5334:03 Professional Portfolios for Career Advancement

NS5352:03 Qualitative Research in Healthcare

NS5353:03 Quantitative Research in Healthcare

NS5354:03 Implementing Practice Development in Healthcare Contexts


Select a major from Table A

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major


Credit points in major

12 credit points




Advanced Practice

JCU Online



JCU Online


Leadership and Management

JCU Online




JCU Online



Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards


Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Majors will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed the relevant number of credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive one of the following awards:

Graduate Certificate of Nursing

Graduate Diploma of Nursing

Course articulation

Not applicable

Special Awards

Not applicable