Master of Mental Health Nursing

RMIT University

The Master of Mental Health Nursing offers a strong focus on mental health nursing and prepares students for advanced leadership and clinical roles. The Master of Mental Health Nursing offers registered nurses the opportunity to develop specialty skills in mental health nursing and prepares individuals for more advanced clinical leadership roles.

Course Fee:

Australian: $30,240

Entry Requirements:

A Bachelor of Nursing degree, or equivalent; or a Bachelor degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing from an approved higher education institution (in the case of nurses with senior experience in mental health a Diploma may be considered equivalent); current registration or be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia; 840 hours of supervised clinical practice already completed in the field of mental health nursing; or completing this as part of a graduate year program in mental health nursing or supervised practice during the candidature. Please provide these documents when making an application. Please note: For registration, international applicants will need to meet the English language IELTS score of 7.0 in all bands required by AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).


The Master of Mental Health Nursing consists of 144 credit points. After completing 96 credit points of study approved by the Program Manager, students may exit with a graduate diploma.

Subjects you can Study:

Mental health nursing

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the RMIT's Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing are eligible to seek 96 points of credit transfer towards the Master of Mental Health Nursing. Applicants who have completed an equivalent postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma (which must include a Research Methods component) in mental health nursing at another university can claim a maximum of 72 points credit (50%) towards the Master of Mental Health Nursing degree at RMIT. Students can also apply for credit if they have completed a recognised psychiatric graduate nurse program (that was at least 12 months long) and/or are a nurse with advanced standing and experience in mental health. After successfully completing the Master of Mental Health Nursing students may be eligible to proceed to a master by research or PhD.

Further information:

Year 1 takes place at the Bundoora campus or via distance education. Year 2 takes place at the Melbourne City campus or via distance education.


Applicants can join the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and cite this qualification as part of their application for credentialing. Credentialed mental health nurses can be funded for employment under the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program. Graduates can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and after obtaining credentialing with the ACMHN may seek a provider number for private practice or practice in any Australian state or territory under the mental health nurse incentive program. To register in Australia students need English languages skills at IELTS academic level 7 or equivalent within the two years prior to registration.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bundoora No info No Full time 1.5 years
Bundoora No info No Online
City No info No Part time 3 years
City No info No Full time 1.5 years
City No info No Online
Bundoora No info No Part time 3 years

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