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Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry)

Course code J46

This coursework Masters is a graduate entry program for applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, with a strong focus on clinical practice and research which leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

The program will provide experiential and authentic learning opportunities, supplemented by theoretical components, to ensure graduates are industry-ready upon entry to practice.

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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

J46

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $3,950

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 PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J46

CRICOS code

091870M

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $35,550

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
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's degree or master's degree in any field with a course weighted average mark of at least 60%, or equivalent as recognised by the University. Applicants are also required to have a tertiary level unit in human biology (students who do not meet this requirement will be required to undertake a Health Science Preparation program at ECU).

    Prospective applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae and a personal statement as part of their application.

    Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee selection and in ranking applications prior academic performance and work experience may be considered.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to satisfying ECU minimum English standard requirements for this course, all applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) English language skills registration standard. (https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx)

    These requirements are as follows:

    • IELTS Academic with a minimum overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • Occupational English Test (OET) with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
      • 24 for listening
      • 24 for reading,
      • 27 for writing, and
      • 23 for speaking, or
    • Completion of at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country as defined by the NMBA (including at least 2 years between years 7 and 12) with a supporting written declaration to confirm that your primary language is English, or
    • Completion of at least 5 years full-time equivalent continuous combined secondary and/or tertiary and/or vocational education taught and assessed in a recognised country as defined by the NMBA (within the last 7 years), with a supporting written declaration to confirm whether your primary language is English.  Note: The 5 years does not include the proposed ECU study. 

    Note:  English tests must be completed within 2 years of the proposed course commencement date and additional requirements may apply in relation to acceptable number of test sittings and combined scores across test sittings.

    ECU’s minimum English standard requirements for this course may be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree from an approved country;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NSC6101Nursing Bioscience 120
NPP6101Adult Health Practice 120
NNI5104Health Issues in Gerontology20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NSC6102Nursing Bioscience 220
MNP6101Evidence-based Practice and Research Design20
NPP6102Adult Health Practice 220
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NPP6103Mental Health Practice20
NCS6100Nursing Cultural Studies20
MNP6107Nursing Research Project20
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NPP6104Child, Adolescent and Family Nursing Practice20
NPP6105Nursing Practice Capstone20
Elective Unitx120
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NST6101Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting20
NUR6121Palliative Care Nursing20
CLM6100Clinical Leadership and Management20
NUR6117The Deteriorating Patient20

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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

  • Students will undertake a total of 800 hours of professional placement experience.

    Students enrolled in entry-to-practice programs will be required to travel to professional experience placements in a variety of health services within the region of the campus they are enrolled and may be required to travel to other regions of Western Australia. Students are responsible for any travel and accommodation related costs. Professional experience placements require rostered shifts covering the 24-hour period, inclusive of weekends and public holidays. Students are expected not to undertake paid employment during a period of full-time professional experience placement, as it is a requirement that students have a sufficient length of breaks between shifts.

    Attendance requirements

    Students are required to undertake a minimum 800 hours of full time clinical placements. In the practicum units students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the workshops held within the demonstration wards. Practicum placement dates are outside of standard semester timetable to ensure that sufficient and appropriate placements can be procured for the course.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    To be eligible to undertake clinical practice and fulfil their duty of care, students are required to complete clinical practice orientation, risk management training and obtain various screening, vaccination and clearances, as appropriate on commencement of the course and in subsequent semesters. These clinical placement requirements include, but are not restricted to:
    International students on temporary visas may be required to provide a Certificate of International Police Clearance where possible
    WA Police National Police Certificate
    WA Health Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check
    Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
    Manual Handling Certification
    Evidence of immunisation status aligned with the Australia Immunisation Handbook
    Tuberculosis screening
    MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months;
    WA Working with Children Check
    Confidentiality agreement
    Due to the practical nature of the nursing and midwifery professions, there are inherent requirements applicable to this course that may impact upon the success of some potential students. Applicants and students with a disability or other issue likely to impact on their ability to perform in practice are encouraged to contact the Director, Undergraduate Nursing Studies to discuss the support and inherent requirements of this course

    More information can be found at https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/nursing-and-midwifery/nursing-and-midwifery-clinical-placements

    Professional practice rules

    Registered nurse standards for practice.
    Students will be expected to comply with the conduct requirements of their clinical placement.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required to practice in the profession.

    Graduates will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as Registered Nurses.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply analysis and evaluation of the scope of nursing practice to develop innovative approaches to solving complex and ill-structured problems.
  2. Critically analyse and apply research findings to contemporary nursing practice.
  3. Demonstrate a relevant and requisite level of technological proficiency, information management, English language as well as, numeracy and literacy skills that are required.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of research paradigms, principles, methods and application to improving health outcomes through the implementation and evaluation of a practice based project.
  5. Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills within nursing practice as well as within differing health care contexts and frameworks of professional practice and evaluate contemporary issues in health care.
  6. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability within broad parameters for determining and achieving ongoing professional development of self and others.
  7. Evaluate progress towards expected individual/group health outcomes in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and interdisciplinary health care team.
  8. Identify sustainability issues and principles within environmental, socio-cultural and economic contexts that are applicable to nursing practice and health care systems.
  9. Incorporate cultural safety and competence within all aspects of professional practice when working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and vulnerable populations.
  10. Interpret national and global perspectives in health care within the context of Australian health care.
  11. Synthesise and apply knowledge of the legal and ethical principles of contemporary health care and apply complex concepts to range of nursing practice settings.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $3,950 *

* Commonwealth supported - 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 $35,550 *

* 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 will display the skills, knowledge and attributes to function with competence and confidence in a registered nurse graduate role. They will have enhanced leadership skills to ensure they are capable clinical leaders and are industry-ready to work in a diverse range of practice settings within a dynamic health care system.

Possible future job titles

Registered Nurse

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Meet Helena Halton, Director of Postgraduate Nursing Studies and Nurse Practitioner at ECU's Chronic Disease Wellness Clinic.

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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