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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Practice
- Wound, Ostomy and Continence Practice Major (MSc Health Practice)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Our postgraduate nursing courses enhance professional development by preparing you for advanced clinical practice with individuals, families, groups and communities.
Learn aspects of this course in a health care environment.
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Students studying in this major will focus on the care and management of patients with an ostomy (those who have had a bowel or bladder diversion), and patients with continence conditions (those with bladder and bowel control and associated skin care issues). Students will need to be registered nurses working in a dedicated practice setting and will combine learning from the applied clinical sciences to the practice context. The major aims to take nurses who wish to specialise in the area to be competent in all aspects of ostomy and continence practice.
How to apply
This major sits within the degree Master of Science (Health Practice). To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Science (Health Practice). In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
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- The first established school of nursing in a West Australian university, Curtin's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine has continued to set the pace for nursing education in our region.
- 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.
What you'll learn
- analyse critically, and evaluate advanced concepts of specialty nursing practice; integrate expert knowledge and integrated understanding to demonstrate competency at a level in accordance with specialty competency standards
- critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise the environmental, physical and psychosocial aspects of the individual for effective clinical decision making; recognise own abilities and level of professional competence
- investigate, analyse and synthesise complex evidence and scientific literature to inform decision making in specialty practice
- integrate advanced communication skills within a legal and ethical framework related to complex clinical issues in area of specialty; interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- effectively anticipate, plan for and use complex technology applications relevant to specialty practice
- integrate autonomous, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a lifelong learner in specialty practice; participate in research and critically appraise research findings and incorporate evidence based knowledge into clinical practice
- critically appraise, evaluate and incorporate national and global health issues and strategic health care directions into specialty nursing practice
- incorporate culturally aware and respectful specialty care to multicultural groups and indigenous communities
- incorporate advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge and judgment, including advanced leadership and autonomy into specialty practice; work professionally in specialty practice demonstrating expert judgement, leadership and independence as a nurse in area of specialty; act as an experienced positive role model to peers and other members of the healthcare team
Applicants must hold a Graduate Diploma in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Practice with a high course weighted average (greater than 70 percent). This major is not available to international students studying in Australia on a study visa.
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|
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.
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:
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Fees & charges
Please view the Master of Science (Health Practice) degree for indicative fees.
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- Last updated on: February 12, 2021