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Study mode

Online
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Campus locations

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Duration

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 3; Session 2; Session 1 201890; 201860; 201830
Session 3; Session 2; Session 1 201890; 201860; 201830

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Fees and course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

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.

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Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1
NRS512 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing
NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice
NRS533 Advancing Emergency Care Nursing Practice
NRS534 Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing
NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

Use your advanced skills to grow your workforce capability to teach incoming nurses about patient care and become an advisor or mentor to the next generation of nursing professionals. As a Master of Nursing graduate you will demonstrate a higher level of skill and responsibility in clinical decision making and provide advanced care in complex circumstances. You will also be able to support other health professionals working to improve patient outcomes and influence all levels of care or develop research outcomes to enhance evidence-based care, you will promote quality health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and health care systems.

Use your advanced skills to grow your workforce capability to teach incoming nurses about patient care and become an advisor or mentor to the next generation of nursing professionals. As a Master of Nursing graduate you will demonstrate a higher level of skill and responsibility in clinical decision making and provide advanced care in complex circumstances. You will also be able to support other health professionals working to improve patient outcomes and influence all levels of care or develop research outcomes to enhance evidence-based care, you will promote quality health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and health care systems.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

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

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

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

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

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

More about Credit

Standard CSU credit rules apply.

Canada entrants: Students who have completed a four-year BSN program are awarded a 32 point (four subject) credit package upon admission. Other credit is available for completed postgraduate studies, or other studies as approved by the Courses Director.

Entrants holding Graduate Certificate qualifications from the College of Nursing will receive 32 points of unspecified credit equivalent to having completed a specialty strand.

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Fees and course offerings

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The section below is designed to allow you to select the option specific to your circumstances to discover the course fee and course offering information appropriate for you.

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Course Fees

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place

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The Commonwealth Government has not yet released the fee ranges for the 2018 study area bands. Until this information is available, the 2018 indicative fees will remain as ‘To be approved’.
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If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place

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1 year full-time ( points)

The Commonwealth Government has not yet released the fee ranges for the 2018 study area bands. Until this information is available, the 2018 indicative fees will remain as ‘To be approved’.
Please refer to the Study Assistopen_in_new website for the most up to date information.

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

More about Calculating Fees

It is important to note that the student contribution you pay will depend on the subjects you choose to study, as each subject has its own costs. The government assigns different price bands to a subject, depending on the discipline that subject belongs to.

Check out the subject fee calculator below to get a more accurate cost for your first year. The calculator will open in a new window, once open go to the Subjects section to review the subjects available for this course and enter them into the calculator.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

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Payment Options

  1. Pay all of your student contribution up front direct to the university
  2. Pay part of your student contribution to the university and defer the balance via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. Defer all of your student contribution via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Commonwealth Supported Places

Course Fees

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

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Course Fees

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Payment Options

You can:

  1. pay all of your tuition fees up front direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees to the university and defer the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. defer all of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Fee Paying places

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Course Fees

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Course Fees

CSU gives a discount on tuition fees to citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

International recruitment agents

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Course Fees

CSU gives a discount on tuition fees to citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

International recruitment agents

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

More information about International Student Fees

Course Fees

This Course has limited Commonwealth supported places available.

Contact Us to see if you are eligible.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place

Frequently Asked Questions on CSP open_in_new

1 year full-time ( points)

The Commonwealth Government has not yet released the fee ranges for the 2018 study area bands. Until this information is available, the 2018 indicative fees will remain as ‘To be approved’.
Please refer to the Study Assistopen_in_new website for the most up to date information.

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Course Fees

This Course has limited Commonwealth supported places available.

Contact Us to see if you are eligible.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place

Frequently Asked Questions on CSP open_in_new

1 year full-time ( points)

The Commonwealth Government has not yet released the fee ranges for the 2018 study area bands. Until this information is available, the 2018 indicative fees will remain as ‘To be approved’.
Please refer to the Study Assistopen_in_new website for the most up to date information.

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

More about Calculating Fees

It is important to note that the student contribution you pay will depend on the subjects you choose to study, as each subject has its own costs. The government assigns different price bands to a subject, depending on the discipline that subject belongs to.

Check out the subject fee calculator below to get a more accurate cost for your first year. The calculator will open in a new window, once open go to the Subjects section to review the subjects available for this course and enter them into the calculator.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Access the fee calculator

Payment Options

  1. Pay all of your student contribution up front direct to the university
  2. Pay part of your student contribution to the university and defer the balance via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. Defer all of your student contribution via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Commonwealth Supported Places

Course Fees

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

Most postgraduate students in Australia will pay the full cost of their tuition, however if you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

8 Points

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Course Fees

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

Most postgraduate students in Australia will pay the full cost of their tuition, however if you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Payment options

You can:

  1. pay all of your tuition fees up front direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees to the university and defer the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. defer all of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Fee Paying places

Course Fees

This course is associated with the Australian Government supported Research Training Program (RTP). The RTP scheme is administered by individual universities on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

If you are a successful applicant for Research degree candidature, and you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, you won't pay any tuition fees.

You also won't need to pay the University's Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Applications for RTP Scholarships need to be made directly to CSU.

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Information on research fees and fee support

For assistance contact the Research Office

Course Fees

Candidates who exceed their Research Training Program (RTP) entitlement are required to pay the appropriate domestic student tuition fee for their course. Eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-Help open_in_new.

If you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

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Course Fees

Candidates who exceed their Research Training Program (RTP) entitlement are required to pay the appropriate domestic student tuition fee for their course. Eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-Help open_in_new.

If you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Payment Options

You can:

  1. pay all of your tuition fees up front direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees to the university and defer the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. defer all of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Fee Paying places

For more information on Fee Paying HDR students

For assistance contact the Research Office

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1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

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1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

More information about International Student Fees

For assistance contact the Research Office

This international off-shore on campus offering is managed through a CSU partner organisation. Course fees will not be displayed here and should be discussed with the partner organisation.

Please contact us to find out more.

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

Master of Nursing (with specialisations) specific fee details

Standard CSU fee details

Any fees and offerings are correct at the date of publishing. Fees are relevant for the year selected only and are subject to change in future years.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HELP open_in_new government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider:

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand)
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls)
Frances Brogan - Master of Nursing

"The Master of Nursing offered at CSU suited my requirements better than any other university. The clinical education subjects are far superior to what any other university was able to offer."

Frances Brogan - Master of Nursing

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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

Graduate Certificate of Nursing (with specialisation)
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing comprises 32 points and is offered part-time online over two sessions or one year. The course will develop students’ knowledge, skills and attributes through the study of clinical and professional nursing studies. During the first year of study students enrol in subjects in a particular specialty area. Subjects where residential schools are a compulsory requirement are not available to international students.


Graduate Diploma of Nursing (with specialisation)
The Graduate Diploma of Nursing comprises 64 points and is offered part-time online over four sessions or two years. During the first year of study students enrol in subjects in a particular specialty area (32 points).

In the second year of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing all students enrol in the core 16 point subject NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice.  Students choosing the Master of Nursing (no specialisation) pathway will also enrol in 16 credit points of electives, while students choosing the Master of Nursing (specialisation) pathway will be required to enrol in the two core research 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 (no specialisation)
The Master of Nursing (no specialisation) will comprise 96 points and will be offered part-time online over six sessions or three years. During the first year of study students choose 32 points of electives.

In the second year of the Master of Nursing (no specialisation) all students will enrol in the core 16 point subject NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice as well as 16 points of electives.

In the third year of the course students will enrol in a further 32 points of electives.


Master of Nursing (with specialisation)
The Master of Nursing (with specialisation) will comprise 96 points and will be offered part-time online over six sessions or three years. During the first year of study students will enrol in 32 points of subjects in their chosen specialty.

In the second year students will enrol in the core subject NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice (16) as well as  HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A (8) AND HLT506 Health Master's Proposal (8). 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.

In the third year of study students will enrol in either  HLT508 Health Master's Project (16) and 16 points of electives (16),  OR HLT509 Health Master's Dissertation (32).


Graduate Certificate in Nursing (with specialisation)  (32 points)
Year 1 
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 specialisation)  (64 points)
Year 2 (32 points)
Students must enrol in the following:
NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice (16 points)
AND
16 credit points of restricted electives
OR
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A and  HLT506 Health Master's Proposal


Master of Nursing (no specialisation) (96 points)
Year 2 (32 points)
Students must enrol in the following:
NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice (16 points)
AND
16 credit points of electives

Year 3 (32  points)
32 points of restricted electives


Master of Nursing (specialisation) (96 points)
Year 2 (32 points)
Students must enrol in the following:
NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice (16 points)
AND
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A (8) AND HLT506 Health Master's Proposal (8)


Year 3  (32 points)
Students must enrol in:
HLT508 Health Master's Project (16) AND 16 points of restricted electives (16)
OR
HLT509 Health Master's Dissertation (32).


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:
• First Year: 32 points of coursework subjects in the specific specialist strand in the first year.
• Second Year: NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice, HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A (8) and HLT506 Health Master's Proposal (8)
• Third Year: Either HLT508 Health Master's Project (16) and 16 credit points of restricted electives OR  HLT509 Health Master's Dissertation (32)


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.
 

Part-time study (Session 60 & 90 intake is available and your enrolment pattern will be set in consultation with the Course Director).

YEAR 1

Professional Nursing Studies Specialisation

Session 1 (30)
16 points of electives 

Session 2 (60)
16 points of electives
 

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 specialisation). 

YEAR 2

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

Session 4 (60)
Option 1
16 points of electives

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

Students must choose Option 2 if they are undertaking the Master of Nursing with a specialisation.

Students may opt to exit at this point with the qualification Graduate Diploma of Nursing (with specialisation). 


YEAR 3

Option 1 (Course Work)

Session 5 (30)
16 points of electives

Session 6 (60)
16 points of electives

Option 2 (Masters Project)

Session 5 (30)
HLT508  Health Master's Project (16 points) Commenced
8 points of an elective

Session 6 (60)
HLT508  Health Master's Project (16 points) Completed
8 points of an elective


Option 3 (Research)

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

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

Students undertaking a Master of Nursing with a specialisation must choose Option 2 or 3

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Minimum 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.

Additional Graduation Requirements

None

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

As a HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. CSU also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates may apply for a scholarship to cover their tuition fees, living costs and research costs. Please visit the CSU Higher Degree by Research Scholarships for more information. The main round of Australian Government funded Research Training Program scholarships is normally open for applications in September and October each year.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

15 Jan 2018
2018 Session 1 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

27 Apr 2018
2018 Session 2 Application closing date

Check the full list of application dates open_in_new

Apply direct to CSU

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

15 Jan 2018
2018 Session 1 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

27 Apr 2018
2018 Session 2 Application closing date

Check the full list of application dates open_in_new

Apply anytime

Applications for our research degrees can be lodged at any time. Before applying, you should make contact with the appropriate Sub-Dean of Graduate Studies.

Other courses to consider

Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Master of Midwifery

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