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Master of Nursing

Course code J88

Provides Registered Nurses with an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of contemporary health care practice and the skills to apply this knowledge to practice within a national and international context.

Students will undertake core units of study related to clinical leadership and management, global health issues, chronic condition management, clinical education, health practice evaluation, and evidenced based practice and research design. Students also complete two core elective units providing an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in an area of their interest.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J88

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $21,900

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J88

CRICOS code

096859K

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,500

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have a Bachelor degree in nursing. Applicants with equivalent prior learning must have two years full-time (or equivalent) post registration professional practice, and submit a current curriculum vitae.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • International students are required to provide an English language test approved by ECU with a score equivalent to an Academic IELTS overall minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0). Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Successfully completed study at Bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider.
    • Bachelor degree from approved country: Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Dominica, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, NZ, Nigeria, Singapore, Sth Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, UK, USA, West Indies, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NNI5101Professional Issues in Clinical Nursing20
NUR6117The Deteriorating Patient20
PSR5101Managing Risk in the Clinical Environment20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CLM6100Clinical Leadership and Management20
NUR6118Nursing in the Context of Global Health20
NUR6119Nursing Management of Chronic Health Conditions20
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MNP6101Evidence-based Practice and Research Design20
NUR6116Evaluating Practice in Health20
Select one unit from the following three units
NNT5100 ^Foundations of Children and Young People's Nursing20
CMH5109 ^Contemporary Issues in Mental Health20
NUR5211 ^Contemporary Care of the Ageing 120
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NST6101Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting20
MNP6107Nursing Research Project20
Select one unit from the following five units
MID6108 ^Principles of Effective Maternal and Newborn Care20
NUR6121 ^Palliative Care Nursing20
NUR6120 ^Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Children and Young People20
CMH5110 ^Assessment in Mental Health20
NUR5212 ^Contemporary Care of the Ageing 220

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflect critically on a complex body of contemporary health care system knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of nursing practice.
  2. Apply cognitive and creative analytical skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex concepts and theories in authentic practice settings and contexts.
  3. Apply communication and collaboration skills to design innovative contributions to professional practice.
  4. Use high level self-management skills to initiate, plan and disseminate a substantial project

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $21,900 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $34,500 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program will have enhanced employment prospects in a range of health care settings and contexts. A master’s level qualification is a minimum requirement for senior leadership and clinical roles in most health care organisations within Australia. The diversity of subject areas within this program also enhances the employment opportunities for graduates both in the domestic and international markets.

Possible future job titles

Senior Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse

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Student stories

Margaret Adejumo

Master of Nursing

"The support staff are always ready to help"

Margaret, an international student from Nigeria, is studying a Master of Nursing at ECU, and enjoying the mix of theory with practical real-life situations.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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