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C04228v1 Master of Nursing

Award(s): Master of Nursing in (name of major) (MN)
UAC code: 940826 (Education) (Autumn semester, Spring semester) , 940828 (Advanced Nursing Practice) (Autumn semester, Spring semester) , 940829 (Health Research) (Autumn semester, Spring semester)
CRICOS code: 055628J
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: Kuring-gai campus

Note(s)

This course also has a mid-year intake.

The Nurse Practitioner major (MAJ06214) is not offered in 2014 for new admissions.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

This course is designed to provide registered nurses with the specialist skills and knowledge required for advanced practice. Students undertake one of four majors and a sub-major chosen from a wide range of specialty areas.

Students can customise their program to meet personal learning needs or workplace requirements. Majors and sub-majors can be combined in a variety of ways to achieve either generalist or highly specialised skills in addition to leadership expertise.

Students choose one of the following majors: Advanced Nursing Practice, Nurse Practitioner, Health Research (domestic students only), Education, Management.

Students complete a sub-major from the following specialty areas: acute care nursing, anaesthetics and recovery room nursing, child and family health nursing, children's nursing, clinical management, clinical teaching, critical care nursing, diabetes education and management, mental health nursing, neonatal nursing, neuroscience nursing, and perioperative nursing.

Elective subjects planned within the course give students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in addition to their selected major.

Course aims

This course aims to:

  • develop students' careers as advanced clinicians, managers, educators or nurse practitioners
  • extend and enhance existing skills
  • build confidence and leadership skills
  • provide academic experience and qualification.

Career options

Career options include advanced practice (e.g. clinical nurse specialist or consultant), nursing management, nursing education or nurse practitioner positions in both clinical and community health settings.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. Registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but do have recent relevant work experience and can demonstrate the capacity to undertake tertiary study may also be considered eligible.

International applicants must be a registered nurse in their own country or place of residence and hold a current Authority to Practise.

Local applicants must have concurrent employment in, or access to, the area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners at:

www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx

Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

Applicants to the Master of Nursing in Health Research must have completed four subjects (24 credit points) at the postgraduate level (excluding the core subjects in the Health Research major).

Applicants to the Nurse Practitioner major need to demonstrate the following additional requirements:

  • current registration as a nurse in Australia
  • length and depth of experience: a minimum of five years, full-time equivalent (FTE) experience as a registered nurse, including three years FTE as a registered nurse in a specialty area and one year FTE at an advanced practice level in the relevant specialty area of practice
  • requisite education or equivalent in a specialty field as entry to the Nurse Practitioner program: Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and a postgraduate qualification in a specialty field that has prepared the student for advanced practice (either as a prerequisite or integrated into the master's degree)
  • required professional activity: active involvement in professional organisations and contribution to the ongoing development of the profession
  • confirmed support for the applicant to complete all professional experience requirements of the course.

For further information on additional requirements, contact the course coordinator.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 58-66

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition for the Master of Nursing is granted on the basis of the successful completion of equivalent subjects from recent postgraduate studies. The maximum number of subject exemptions that can be granted for a master's degree is eight (48 credit points).

For information on graduate certificates that are eligible for block credit if completed within the past 10 years, see the precedent list.

For detailed information about how to apply for credit recognition and the resulting subject exemptions, see credit recognition.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-and-a-half-year, full-time or three-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 72 credit points (12 subjects) comprising one major, which also includes a choice of one sub-major.

Course completion requirements

Select one of the following: 72cp
      STM90595 Domestic students72cp 
      STM90596 International students72cp 
Total 72cp

Course program

Examples course programs are shown below. In the Advanced Nursing Practice major and the Nurse Practitioner major, the Critical Care Nursing sub-major has been selected as an example.

Education major and Clinical Teaching sub-major, PT
Year 1
Autumn semester
Select one of the following: 6cp
      92713 Health Breakdown 6cp  
      CBK90056 Nursing subjects (PG) 6cp  
92848 Facilitation of Clinical Learning   6cp
Spring semester
92607 Education for Practice Development   6cp
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
92606 Nursing Leadership in Contemporary Health Care   6cp
92790 Evidence-based Practice   6cp
Spring semester
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90510 Electives 18cp  
Year 3
Autumn semester
92721 Health Promotion and Health Education   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90510 Electives 18cp  
Spring semester
92612 Research in Health   6cp
CBK90148 Education subjects (PG)   6cp
Education major and Clinical Teaching sub-major, FT
Year 1
Autumn semester
Select one of the following: 6cp
      92713 Health Breakdown 6cp  
      CBK90056 Nursing subjects (PG) 6cp  
92848 Facilitation of Clinical Learning   6cp
92790 Evidence-based Practice   6cp
92606 Nursing Leadership in Contemporary Health Care   6cp
Spring semester
92607 Education for Practice Development   6cp
92612 Research in Health   6cp
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90510 Electives 18cp  
Year 2
Autumn semester
92721 Health Promotion and Health Education   6cp
CBK90148 Education subjects (PG)   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90510 Electives 18cp  
Management major and Clinical Management sub-major, FT
Year 1
Autumn semester
92932 Management for Clinicians   6cp
92790 Evidence-based Practice   6cp
92606 Nursing Leadership in Contemporary Health Care   6cp
92297 Health Systems and Change   6cp
Spring semester
92887 Organisational Management in Health Care   6cp
92612 Research in Health   6cp
92603 Managing Quality, Risk and Cost in Health Care   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90510 Electives 18cp  
Year 2
Autumn semester
92847 Planning and Evaluating Health Services   6cp
92917 Using Health Care Data for Decision Making   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90510 Electives 18cp  
Advanced Nursing Practice major and Critical Care sub-major, PT
Year 1
Autumn semester
92713 Health Breakdown   6cp
92918 Fundamentals of Critical Care Nursing   6cp
Spring semester
92919 Complex Critical Care   6cp
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
92606 Nursing Leadership in Contemporary Health Care   6cp
92790 Evidence-based Practice   6cp
Spring semester
92609 Pharmacological Therapies in Advanced Practice   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90857 Electives 12cp  
Year 3
Autumn semester
92608 Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90857 Electives 12cp  
Spring semester
92612 Research in Health   6cp
92894 Advanced Clinical Practice   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

While the Master of Nursing is offered as a stand-alone qualification, it is also part of an articulated program of study comprising many of the graduate certificates offered by UTS: Health, and the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (C07044).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS
www.ask.uts.edu.au

Louise Hickman
Course coordinator
email Louise.Hickman@uts.edu.au

For queries about the Nurse Practitioner major contact:

Irene Kopp
Course coordinator, Nurse Practitioner major
email Irene.Kopp@uts.edu.au

www.health.uts.edu.au