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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

    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

    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 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.
     

    Enrolment pattern

    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

  • 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
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYYCSHR
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOSHQ
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJSHQ

    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.

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    Apply online

    Students from Canada should select the Planned Course of Study with Code CSHR when completing an online application.

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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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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