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Would you like to extend your professional opportunities in your nursing career? Does the opportunity to drive improvement and develop clinical outcomes for your health service inspire you?

CSU's Master of Nursing provides registered nurses with the platform to build on their undergraduate learning, enhance their clinical focus and develop research related skills.

  • Why study this course?

    Tailor your learning experience to specialise in your area of passion

    Choose from a broad range of specialisation areas to build advanced knowledge across chronic and complex nursing, clinical education, emergency nursing, leadership and management, mental health, palliative care, primary health care or professional nursing studies. You can also choose to complete 32 points (four subjects) to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in your area of specialisation, or 64 points (eight subjects) to gain a Graduate Diploma in your specialist discipline. International students are able to undertake the Clinical Education, Leadership & Management or Professional Nursing Studies specialisations.

    Build expertise in key areas of industry demand

    With Australia's population's rapidly ageing, our areas of specialisation will enable you to influence and make significant contributions across key nursing areas. This course aims to expand your knowledge, skills and attributes through the study of clinical and professional nursing studies and will enable you to support workforce development within your own sphere of influence.

    Study at your own place and pace

    CSU's Master of Nursing is offered online, as part of our School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health's commitment to delivering flexible courses and supporting students with diverse lifestyles.

    Practise wherever you want to take your career

    While there is a particular need for high-quality health professionals in regional, rural and remote locations, graduates of our school are also in high demand in urban and metropolitan settings; a reflection of the resilience and independent thinking for which rural Australians are known.

  • Career opportunities

    Grow your workforce's capability

    Teach incoming nurses about patient care and become a mentor to the next generation of nursing professionals.

    Provide advanced care in complex circumstances

    You will be able to demonstrate a high level of skill in clinical decision making, particularly with problem identification and solutions, and analysing clinical data. You will also be able to support other health professionals working to improve patient outcomes and influence all levels of care.

    Further your skills and contributions across key areas of research

    Develop research outcomes to enhance evidence-based care, and promote quality health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Applicants with five or more years of professional nursing experience may receive eight points credit (equivalent to one subject) in recognition of prior learning.

    Applicants who have completed an approved Graduate Certificate awarded by The College of Nursing will be granted a credit package of 32 points (equivalent to four subjects). This will constitute the Professional Nursing Studies specialist strand, allowing these applicants to enter the program at year two.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate of Nursing (with specialisations)

    This Graduate Certificate of Nursing will comprise 4 subjects (32 points) and will be offered part-time by distance education over two sessions or one year. This course aims to develop students knowledge, skills and attributes through the study of clinical and professional nursing studies. During this first year of study students can choose to enrol in subjects in a particular specialty area or choose four elective subjects (32 points).  Subjects where residential schools are a compulsory requirement are not available to international students.

    Graduate Diploma of Nursing (with specialisations) 

    This Graduate Diploma of Nursing will comprise 8 subjects (64 points) and will be offered part-time by distance education over four sessions or two years. During the first year of study students can choose to enrol in subjects in a particular specialty area or choose four elective subjects (32 points). In the second year of the Graduate Diploma all students will enrol in the core 16 point subject NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice.  Students choosing the coursework pathway will enrol in two elective subjects, while students choosing the research pathway will be required to enrol in two core subjects HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A and HLT506 Health Master's Project. Study in these two research subjects will focus the student's learning on understanding research methodologies, developing research questions, critiquing research literature, undertaking a comprehensive literature review, developing a research proposal and submitting an ethics application.  Subjects where residential schools are a compulsory requirement are not available to international students.

    Master of Nursing (with specialisations)

    Students who elect to complete the course and gain the Master of Nursing will have three options. They are:

    1. Enrol in four elective subjects (32 points)

    OR

    2. Undertake a project related to their clinical specialty (16 points) and enrol in two elective subjects (16 points)

    OR

    3. Enrol in a dissertation subject (32 points) formulate a viable research question and develop a research proposal that will lead to the design, conduct and reporting of original research under supervision, which will contribute to the knowledge base in their discipline.

    Graduate Certificate of Nursing (with specialisations)  (32 points)

    Year 1 (32 points)

    Professional Nursing Studies

    Students must enrol in three (3) subjects from the following:

    BMS511 Processes of Pathology
    BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
    HSM409 Evidence Based Health Care
    NRS408 Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Nursing 1 
    NRS409 Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Nursing 2 
    NRS422 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 2
    NRS423 Advanced Chronic Care Nursing
    NRS516 Advanced Nursing Skills - The Therapeutic Relationship
    NRS517 Advanced Nursing Skills - Group Process and Therapy
    NRS537 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 1 (16 points) 
    HLT539 Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Clinical Education
    HLT541 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting
    NRS543 Clinical Management in Palliative Care Nursing
    NRS544 Cultural Competence in Indigenous Health Care: Implications for Nursing

    AND

    Students may choose one (1) 8 point subject from the following:

    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    HSM402 Human Resource Management
    HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Services

    Clinical Specialty (Emergency Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Palliative Care Nursing, Chronic and Complex Care Nursing, Primary Health Care)

    Students must enrol in one (1) of the following:

    NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1
    NRS512 Perspectives of Mental Health Nursing
    NRS533 Advancing Emergency Nursing Practice
    NRS534 Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing
    NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health

    AND

    BMS511 Processes of Pathology
    BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
    NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

    Nursing Leadership and Management

    Students must enrol in the following 16 point subjects:

    NRS537 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 1
    NRS538 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 2

    Clinical Education

    Students must enrol in the following subjects:

    HLT539 Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Clinical Education
    HLT540 Assessment in Clinical Education
    HLT541 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting
    HLT542 Professional Practice in Clinical Education

    Graduate Diploma of Nursing (with specialisations)  (64 points)

    Year 2 (32 points)

    Student must enrol in the following:

    NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice (16 points)

    AND

    Two (2) restricted 8 point elective subjects

    OR

    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
    HLT506 Health Master's Proposal

    Master of Nursing Coursework Pathway (96 points)

    Year 3 (32 points)

    Students may enrol in four (4) 8 point restricted elective subjects

    OR

    HLT508 Health Master's Project (16 point)

    AND

    Two (2) 8 point restricted elective subjects

    Master of Nursing Research Pathway (96 points)

    Students must enrol in:

    HLT509 Health Master's Dissertation (32 points)

    Restricted Electives

    BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice (8 point)
    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life (8 point)
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds (8 point)
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology (8 point)
    HSM402 Human Resource Management
    HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services
    HSM409 Evidence Based Health Care Delivery (8 point)
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Services
    NRS408 Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Nursing 1 (8 point)
    NRS409 Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Nursing 2 (8 Point)
    NRS420 Perspectives on Managing Chronic and Complex Conditions (8 point)
    NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1 (8 point) 
    NRS422 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 2 (8 point)
    NRS423 Advanced Chronic Care Nursing Practice (8 point)
    NRS512 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing  (8 point)  
    NRS516 Advanced Nursing Skills - The Therapeutic Relationship
    NRS517 Advanced Nursing Skills - Group Process and Therapy
    NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice (8 point) (not offered for International students)
    NRS533 Advancing Emergency Nursing Practice (8 point) 
    NRS534 Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing (8 point) 
    NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health (8 point) 
    NRS537 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 1 (16 point) 
    NRS538 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 2 (16 point) 
    HLT539 Foundations of Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting (8 point)
    HLT540 Assessment in Clinical Education (8 point)
    HLT541 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting (8 point)
    HLT542 Professional Practice in Clinical Education (8 point)
    NRS543 Clinical Management in Palliative Care Nursing (16 point)
    NRS544 Cultural Competence in Indigenous Health Care: Implications for Nursing Practice (8 point)

    In order for students to graduate with the specialisations listed below, students must complete:

    • 32 points of coursework subjects in the specific specialist strand; either a 16 point project or a 32 point dissertation on a topic relevant to the specialisation.

    Subjects where residential schools are a compulsory requirement are not available to international students.

    The current specialisations are:

    • Master of Nursing (Professional Nursing Studies)
    • Master of Nursing (Emergency Care Nursing)
    • Master of Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)
    • Master of Nursing (Palliative Care Nursing)
    • Master of Nursing (Chronic Care Nursing Practice)
    • Master of Nursing (Primary Health Care)
    • Master of Nursing (Leadership and Management)
    • Master of Nursing (Clinical Education)

    Students not meeting the specialisation requirements will graduate with a Master of Nursing.

    Enrolment pattern

    By part-time study

    YEAR 1

    Professional Nursing Studies Specialisation

    Session 1 (30)
    Restricted Elective
    Restricted Elective


    Session 2 (60)
    Restricted Elective
    Restricted Elective

    Emergency Nursing Specialisation

    Session 1 (30)
    BMS511 Processes of Pathology
    NRS533 Advancing Emergency Care Nursing Practice

    Session 2 (60)
    BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
    NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

    Mental Health Nursing Specialisation

    Session 1 (30)
    BMS511 Processes of Pathology
    NRS512 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing

    Session 2 (60)
    BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
    NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

    Palliative Care Nursing Specialisation

    Session 1 (30)
    BMS511 Processes of Pathology
    NRS534 Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing

    Session 2 (60)
    BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
    NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

    Chronic and Complex Nursing Specialisation

    Session 1 (30)
    BMS511 Processes of Pathology
    NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1

    Session 2 (60)
    BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
    NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

    Primary Health Care Specialisation

    Session 1 (30)
    BMS511 Processes of Pathology
    NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health

    Session 2 (60)
    BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
    NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

    Leadership and Management

    Session 1 (30)
    NRS537 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 1 (16 points)

    Session 2 (60)
    NRS538 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 2 (16 points)

    Clinical Education

    Session 1 (30)
    HLT539 Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Clinical Education
    HLT540 Assessment in Clinical Education

    Session 2 (60)
    HLT541 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting
    HLT542 Professional Practice in Clinical Education

    Students may opt to exit at this point with the qualification Graduate Certificate of Nursing (with specialisations). Students taking this option can elect to continue their studies in the Master of Nursing (with specialisations).

    YEAR 2

    Session 3 (30)
    NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice (16 points)

    Session 4 (60)

    Option 1
    Elective
    Elective

    Option 2
    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
    HLT506  Health Master's Proposal

    Students may opt to exit at this point with the qualification Graduate Diploma of Nursing (with specialisations). Students taking this option can elect to continue their studies in the Master of Nursing (with specialisations).


    YEAR 3

    Option 1 (Course Work)

    Session 5 (30)
    Elective
    Elective

    Session 6 (60)
    Elective
    Elective

    Option 2 (Masters Project)

    Session 5 (30)
    HLT508  Health Master's Project (16 points) Commenced
    Elective

    Session 6 (60)
    HLT508  Health Master's Project (16 points) Completed
    Elective


    Option 3 (Research)

    Session 5 (30)
    HLT509 Masters Dissertation (32 points) Commenced

    Session 6 (60)
    HLT509 Master's Dissertation (32 Points) Completed

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

  • Admission information

    Students must hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree or professional qualification which leads to registration as a Registered Nurse Division 1 with the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency or equivalent.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJSHQ
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYCSHR
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOSHQ

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate with a Master of Nursing students must complete 96 points including a minimum of 16 points of core subjects.

    To graduate with a Master of Nursing (with specialisations) students must complete 96 points including:

    1. a minimum of 16 points of core subjects.
    2. 32 points of specialisation subjects.
    3. a minimum of 16 points of a project or a 32 point dissertation in the field of specialisation.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

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  • About the School

    School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

    Charles Sturt University’s (CSU’s) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health offers highly regarded degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Nurses,midwives and Indigenous health workers are an integral part of the health care team. The School supports students to develop personally and professionally,acquiring the knowledge, attitudes and practical skills needed to become strong and contributing members of the health care team, making a difference where it most counts to people and communities.

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health is committed to delivering flexible courses and supporting students with diverse life styles.

    While there is a particular need for high-quality health professionals in regional, rural and remote locations, graduates of the School are also in high demand in urban and metropolitan settings, reflecting as they do the resilience and independent thinking for which rural Australians are known.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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