Master of Clinical Nursing

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This online program builds from the graduate certificate and graduate diploma and aims to expand the health clinician's knowledge and skills in clinical nursing at a specialist and advanced level. It includes carefully designed coursework units with embedded research-led teaching, with both project and thesis options. Graduates will be able to: evaluate issues and challenges confronting the clinical practice within the healthcare sector; conceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical nursing to support service delivery in culturally-diverse healthcare settings; connect theory, practice and research with regard to clinical nursing in the healthcare 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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,252

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent; hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority; be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.


120 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:

Aged care; Anaesthetics; Cardiac care; Cardiothoracics; Child and adolescent health; Dementia care; Emergency; Intensive care; Interventional Cardiology; Justice health; Medical; Neonatal care; Neurosciences; Oncology; Ophthalmology; Orthopaedics; Palliative care; Perioperative; Plastics/orthopaedics; Plastics/reconstruction; Rehabilitation; Renal; Surgical; Urology

Study Pathways:

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

Further information:

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

Who for:

Registered nurses

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 1.5 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

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