Master of Nursing

JCU offers three majors in its Master of Nursing - Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Education and Leadership and Management. You will receive ongoing support and training in our state-of-the-art facilities, which include our on-campus clinical practice building.

Campus
External
Available to international students by distance education/external study only
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus
Prerequisites
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in nursing, or equivalent qualification, and eligibility for nurse registration in Australia.

Career opportunities

Your career opportunities are enhanced with the specialist knowledge gained through postgraduate study.

Course overview

Our Master of Nursing is designed for registered nurses who wish to upskill and become qualified for leadership, educational and advanced practice roles. You will be prepared to meet the challenges of a health care environment characterised by increasing change and complexity. You will study two core subjects: research design, and a practice development project. Your choice of other nursing subjects is flexible.

Majors available:

Advanced Clinical Practice major:

You will explore and reflect upon health care issues within a framework of contemporary nursing practice, and practise advanced physical nursing assessment, having acquired knowledge and skills in both physiological and pathophysiological processes.

Clinical Education major:

This major develops high-level knowledge and expertise in clinical teaching, and its application for improvement of student education. 

Leadership and Management major:

This major is designed for nurses in leadership positions or those being prepared for leadership roles in the future. It sets the strategic direction for services, human resource management and budget preparation and management, with the key responsibility of providing optimum patient care while maintaining patient safety.

For further details, please see the Handbook.

Please note: The course is offered to international students by distance education (externally) only. International students enrolled in the Advanced Clinical Practice major are required to study on campus in Townsville for one week.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

NS5201:03 Research Design: Theory and Application

NS5366:03 Practice Development Project

OPTIONS

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

MAJORS

Type of major

Optional Single

Credit points in major

30 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Clinical Practice

Townsville

 

Care of the Older Adult

Townsville (suspended 2014 - 2017)

 

Clinical Education

Townsville

 

Critical Care

Townsville (suspended 2014 - 2017)

 

Leadership and Management

Townsville

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Master of Nursing

Course code

100504

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (Level 9)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

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

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

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

OPTIONS

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

MAJORS

Type of major

Optional Single

Credit points in major

30 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Clinical Practice

Townsville

 

Care of the Older Adult

Townsville (suspended 2014 - 2017)

 

Clinical Education

Townsville

 

Critical Care

Townsville (suspended 2014 - 2017)

 

Leadership and Management

Townsville

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Accreditation requirements

Students must be registered as Registered Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

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

Currency

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

Expiry

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 student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF NURSING

Approved abbreviation

MN

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Major will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students 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.

Students 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

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.