Australian Catholic University

Master of Clinical Nursing

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Master of Clinical Nursing builds on from the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing bringing the clinical expert and clinical leadership components together. It aims to expand the health clinician's knowledge and skills in clinical nursing at a specialist and advanced level. The course includes carefully designed coursework units with embedded research-led teaching, with both project and thesis options. Graduates of the Master of Clinical Nursing will be able to: evaluate issues and challenges confronting the clinical practice within the health care sector; conceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical nursing to support service delivery in culturally-diverse health care settings; connect theory, practice and research with regard to clinical nursing in the health care workplace; examine the ethical aspects of personal, professional, social, cultural, environmental and institutional changes within contemporary health care delivery and respond to such changes; reflect on options and opportunities to enhance professional practice in contemporary local, regional and global health care contexts; contribute to values-based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.

Designed for

Registered nurses


120 credit points.


  • Clinical nursing
  • Nursing

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the Master of Clinical Nursing an applicant must:Have completed one of: a Bachelor of Nursing
  • The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing
  • Or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing. Hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Study pathways

Exit points: Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing; Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
  • Part-time : 3 years

Further information

Graduates may seek employment in government or private health care and education facilities in clinical nursing, education and research.

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