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Masters by Coursework (Graduate Entry)
- Master of Nursing Practice
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 2 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Change to a nursing career, and gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
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The Master of Nursing Practice is a two-year graduate entry master degree that can lead you to be eligible for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The course consists of four semesters plus a summer term coursework program.
In this comprehensive program of study, you will cover a diverse range of simulated practice and fieldwork, interprofessional learning, contemporary blended learning and advanced clinical development.
Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to integrate evidence-based theory and clinical practice. Theory content is comprehensive and includes physical, biological, psychological and social sciences.
Professional practice experience is integrated into the course. Overall, you will be required to complete 216 hours of simulated experience and 840 hours of professional practice experience in an appropriate workplace.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- We are currently experiencing a worldwide shortage of nurses and demand for qualified professionals, particularly in Australia, is becoming critical.
- The first established school of nursing in a Western Australian university, Curtin's School of Nursing and Midwifery has continued to set the pace for nursing education in our region.
- Our teaching staff are highly qualified, both academically and professionally.
- The School ensures its leading position in nursing education through industry partnerships integrated with its teaching and research programs.
This course is designed to meet the regulations of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. When you successfully complete the course requirements, you are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Registration is subject to meeting all requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. To meet the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, you are expected to complete the course within five years. Failure to complete the course in the allocated time period may mean you will need to undertake additional units to ensure currency of practice.
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Upon graduation, you can work as a registered nurse in a variety of health settings such as public and private hospitals, community centres, nursing homes, home-based services and international organisations. Opportunities also exist in clinical education, research and management areas.
What you'll learn
- apply nursing knowledge within a framework of registered nursing practice with a commitment to evidence based practice and demonstrate a high level of clinical proficiency to ensure optimum outcomes for individuals, families and communities
- apply critical thinking and reflection to problem solving and clinical decision making for health improvement
- critically analyse scientific literature and health standards in order to reflect on and synthesise complex information and integrate this into patient care while ensuring the ethical management of information
- communicate effectively and establish collegial relationships with intra and interprofessional teams
- use technology proficiently and appropriately to support informed decision makings on therapeutic interventions and clinical practice; proactively seek new information and technologies
- recognise the values intrinsic to registered nurse practice and demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning through critical reflection and the ability to enhance the professional development of self and others
- recognise, evaluate and apply appropriate international and national standards of practice within a local nursing and healthcare context
- recognise the significance of cultural diversity in patient care and articulate and demonstrate respect for individuals’ rights to determine their own journey through healthcare through advocacy and culturally safe practice
- demonstrate a sound understanding of current nursing and health legislation which is relevant to the registered nurse role and work in an autonomous and accountable practice framework as a member of intra and interprofessional teams and demonstrate leadership skills in an ethical, moral and professional manner, as expected by the wider community in the interests of public safety
You must hold a recognised bachelor degree or graduate degree with a high course weighted average (greater than 70 per cent). It is essential that you have successfully completed a research unit and a human biology-related unit at tertiary level. If you have not completed these units, you may be able to study them through the Health Sciences Graduate Entry Foundation Course.
It is a condition of enrolment that applicants are screened for, and immunised against contracting a number of infectious illnesses before starting the clinical program. You must cover your own screening and vaccination costs. More about health screening.
You will be required to provide supplementary information with your application.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Please refer to English language requirements for Nursing and Midwifery courses for detailed information on how to meet English proficiency for this course.
Other requirements and notes for this course
This course has an earlier application deadline of 4 weeks prior to the start of Semester 2. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.
This course is available part-time to Australian citizens and permanent residents and is subject to unit availabilities, which may increase the course duration. International students studying in Australia on a student visa are required to undertake a full-time internal study load.
Mandatory requirements for clinical practice include:
- Manual Handling and Basic Life Support Certificate is required prior to commencement of the course and then updated on a yearly basis.
- Department of Health Criminal Record Screening
- National Police Screen
- Working with Children Check
You will need to keep these requirements current during your course. You are responsible for the cost of these.
You must also be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in health care facilities.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
Fieldwork requirements during the course
Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees
Fee year: 2021
| Commonwealth supported |
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
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