Master of Clinical Nursing

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

This program is designed to enable registered nurses to increase their clinical competence and develop skills in leadership and research. The course is embedded in a strong evidence base and offers students professional and clinical skill development along with the necessary investigative and life-long learning skills. Within the program students can choose to study sequences in selected clinical nursing specialties practice - clinical nursing specialisations include: acute care, cancer, chronic conditions, emergency, intensive care, mental health, orthopaedics, paediatrics, perioperative and renal. The course will integrate the research, ethical, political and reflective skills necessary to enable clinical and professional leadership through an informed position on health-care issues with a specific emphasis on cross-cultural practice. Graduates will have the capacity to undertake leadership roles in a variety of health and educational settings.

Designed for

Registered nurses with postgraduate qualifications


This course consists of core units, specialty sequences, and project units. The final project is individually negotiated to allow students to explore in depth an area of professional interest. Both the content and the assessment strategies used in the program ensure that students are able to build on their clinical experience and professional practice. The emphasis of the program is on clinical practice: practice development and clinical leadership. Within each of the sequences students will have the opportunity to enhance their own performance in the work place and initiate projects aimed at practice improvement. Graduates from this program will be recognised as leaders in their chosen field.


  • Nursing-clinical

Standard entry requirements

Applicants must hold current registration as a registered nurse or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All applicants must have a minimum 0.6 FTE employment in the clinical specialty for which they are applying. Applicants must provide details of their professional responsibilities as part of the online application through SATAC.

Study pathways

Applicants with a completed Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Nursing should select the Credit Transfer option.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Casuarina Domestic: $34,128
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Further information

Criminal History Check: Each State and Territory in Australia has requirements for students undertaking courses involving clinical placements outside their employment to provide documented evidence of relevant health and security checks, e.g. completed immunisation requirements, criminal record checks and/or working with children clearances and/or fitness to practice requirements.

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