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: $27,156

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority


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. Graduates who complete the Master of Clinical Nursing with a Research Major, may be eligible to enter a PhD program at ACU.

Further information:

40 credit points of this course consist of the units in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and 40 credit points of this course are derived from the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing. Students have the option to pursue a project stream or a research stream within this course: The project stream consists of a combination of a project and electives (total value of 40 credit points). The research stream consists of a two-part research dissertation valued at total of 40 credit points.

Who for:

Registered nurses

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 1.5 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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