Master of Nursing

Why study the Master of Nursing at UNE?

The Master of Nursing at UNE has a strong emphasis on the development and application of evidence-based practice and scholarship in contemporary healthcare practice, education and research settings. This course prepares students for postgraduate nursing practice in contemporary health care, where nurses continue to make significant contributions and take leadership roles.

Using a variety of learning strategies and flexible delivery options, the Master of Nursing enables students to align their study with their career goals by selecting a general program or a coursework program in clinical practice, learning and teaching in health practice, management and leadership in nursing or mental health.

To consolidate learning Master of Nursing students will undertake a capstone unit project in their final period of enrolment. This will enable students to apply their knowledge, investigate practice problems, or professional issues and seek innovative solutions to concerns in healthcare.

The course provides a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy and other doctoral programs for those students who meet other entry requirements to these programs.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be employed in a wide range of general and specialist clinical, educational and health care and related environments. The Master of Nursing is a very portable qualification leading to career options in local, national and international contexts.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 or 1.5 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation MN
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 72
Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall hold a current Nursing registration (e.g. Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia) or equivalent and either:

(a) hold the AQF Level 7 degree of Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Nursing; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma in Nursing; or

(d) satisfy the School by means of other relevant nursing qualifications and workplace experience [at least equivalent to Admission Rule (a)] of adequate preparation for candidature.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Certified Copies: Students must provide certified copies of the following additional information:

(a) proof of change of name if their qualifications are in a name other than the name under which they are applying;

(b) proof of English Language proficiency if their studies were taken in a language other than English.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rules (a) and (d) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing. Note: in line with the policy students are eligible for up to 36 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing on the basis of formal learning and/or experiential and informal learning.

Advanced Standing is assessed on an individual basis.

No advanced standing will be granted for HLTH554A.

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Peony Red (BCC 37)

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall hold a current Nursing registration (eg Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia) or equivalent and either:
(a) hold the AQF Level 7 degree of Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Nursing; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma in Nursing; or
(d) satisfy the School by means of other relevant nursing qualifications and workplace experience [at least equivalent to Admission Rule (a)] of adequate preparation for candidature.

Additional Requirements
Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Certified Copies

Students must provide the certified copies of the following additional information:
(a) proof of change of name if their qualifications are in a name other than the name under which they are applying;
(b) proof of English Language proficiency if their studies were taken in a language other than English.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rules (a) and (d) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.
Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 36 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. No advanced standing will be granted for HLTH554A.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) 1.5 years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must complete a specialisation and pass units to the value of 72 credit points with at least 36 credit points at 500 level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 30 cps
Course Work Program
OR

General Program
24-42 cps
Listed Units 0-18 cps
Total 72 cps

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Approved Coursework Programs

Clinical Practice
Learning and Teaching in Health Practice
Management and Leadership in Nursing
Mental Health
General Program

Award of the Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements and have completed the general program shall be awarded the Master of Nursing. Candidates who meet the course requirements and have completed a coursework program shall be awarded the Master of Nursing in one of the following: Clinical Practice, Learning and Teaching in Health Practice, Management Leadership in Nursing or Mental Health.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Procedures.

Course Aims

This course aims to equip graduates with knowledge and skills necessary for advanced practice roles in a range of healthcare settings in local, national and international contexts to meet the increasingly complex needs of diverse populations.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. assess and address complex health and or professional issues from a range of approaches within an increasingly internationalised context of health care and professional practice;
  2. develop, implement and undertake new and innovative practices within legislative and professional boundaries;
  3. support the development of evidence-based nursing and health care interventions;
  4. initiate, manage and sustain changes which positively affect health outcomes for diverse populations;
  5. analyse contemporary social, political and professional influences on nursing practice and health care delivery; and
  6. contribute to the development of knowledge for practice and the profession through education, research and scholarship and effectively communicate ideas and enquiry findings to diverse audiences using a variety of written and oral communication modes.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Knowledge of the discipline of nursing is required by Masters prepared nurses to enable them to practise as responsible and effective practitioners in an increasingly internationalised world. Students in this course are provided with learning opportunities to develop, appraise, deepen and practise their disciplinary knowledge. This knowledge and related skills will be assessed through a range of assessments across the course.

Communication Skills

Safe effective healthcare of people from diverse populations requires nurses to have sound interpersonal, oral and written communication skills applied in a range of practice contexts. Students will be provided with learning opportunities to acquire, review and extend their communication capabilities. These will be assessed in various units within the course.

Problem Solving

Advanced practice in healthcare requires nurses to apply and continue developing complex problem-solving skills. This course emphasises problem exploration and resolution. Through a range of learning opportunities students will practise the application of their skills to actual and potential problematic healthcare and professional issues. These abilities will be assessed across the assessment tasks of the course.

Information Literacy

Students will be taught, practise and be assessed on information literacy skills that include the capacity to systematically search, retrieve, organise and appraise resources from a range of electronic databases and other sources. Students demonstrate this attribute through the assessments across the course.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Nursing is a service profession steeped in the values of social justice and social responsibility. The course requires a deepening understanding of the competing interests that impact on an individual nurses' capacity to practise in socially responsible ways. Students are taught the importance of accounting for and engaging with the cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social dimensions of issues. They practise this attribute in learning and assessment activities across the course.

Lifelong Learning

Life-long learning and a demonstrated capacity to review, devise and document strategies for ongoing learning and professional development of self and others is a professional requirement of registered nurses. This course provides students with the opportunity to develop, enhance and practise this requirement.

Independence and Collaboration

The capacity to work effectively in nursing and interprofessional teams is an expectation at all levels and practice settings. Students will be taught, practise and assessed on their ability to look beyond their own disciplinary background to be effective, collaborative healthcare team members in a variety of learning activities and assessments across the course.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE. This course is available off-campus only (distance education).

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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