University of Technology Sydney

C04408v2 Master of Advanced Nursing

Award(s): Master of Advanced Nursing in (name of major) (MAdvN)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: Online campus


This is an online course, so international students are not eligible to apply for a student visa to take this course in Australia.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course prepares nurses to advance their careers in a range of diverse and challenging roles. Developed in close consultation with industry stakeholders, our course is contemporary and responsive, ensuring that graduates are well prepared to meet the current and future needs of the healthcare system. Specialisations in leadership, quality and safety, acute care and chronic and complex care, along with a renewed range of other subjects which incorporate up-to-the-minute evidence and content, are all intended to positively impact outcomes for health care consumers.

The course offers a contemporary and responsive curriculum that is industry aligned, evidence-based and research-informed. UTS works with key health care partners, public health organisations and consumers, to shape and deliver up to the minute content, that provides nurses with in-demand skills to meet the ever growing needs of patients and employers. Students learn from internationally recognised nursing experts and researchers who continue to improve practice and inform policy globally. The fully online study mode allows nurses to personalise their learning, with flexible study options.

Course aims

This course aims to:

  • develop students' careers as advanced clinicians, managers, educators or nurse practitioners
  • provide students with choice and flexibility to customise their program
  • extend students' capabilities and build confidence and leadership skills
  • empower students to take on the challenges and complexities of leadership in nursing
  • provide academic experience and qualification.

Career options

Students develop nursing skills and knowledge that enable improvement in person-centred care and health outcomes. Career options include leadership positions, advanced roles and specialisations in areas such: as acute care, chronic and complex care, quality and safety, and management.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who examine and contribute to practice, policy, and research to achieve clinical excellence and enhance health outcomes
1.1 Identify, and evaluate and apply the best available evidence for translation into practice to achieve optimal health outcomes
1.2 Demonstrate comprehensive clinical judgement and clinical reasoning that is based on evidence and reflects relevant professional codes and guidelines
2.0 Are visionary, innovative and responsive leaders
2.1 Demonstrates ability to collaborate to achieve evidence-based change and transformation for optimal health care outcomes
2.2 Analyse approaches for building own capacity for leadership and that of the interdisciplinary health workforce and health care consumers
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically aware and accountable when engaging with health care consumers, families/significant others, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and authorities
3.1 Promote social justice principles to ensure efficient use of resources and equity of access to health care
3.2 Synthesise evidence-based principles of quality and safety to achieve optimal health outcomes
4.0 Communicate effectively and professionally in diverse and dynamic situations
4.1 Evaluate and select contextually appropriate communication approaches, giving agency to a diverse range of healthcare consumers to make informed decisions about their own health
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
5.1 Practice safe and effective person and family centred care which embodies relevant professional codes and standards
5.2 Demonstrate compassionate, empathic, ethical and collaborative clinical practice
5.3 Promote the principles of self-care that build resilience and support personal and team wellbeing
6.0 Demonstrate professional capabilities to work effectively with and for Indigenous peoples and communities across the health profession
6.1 Critically reflect on Indigenous Australian contexts to inform professional cultural capability to work effectively with and for, Indigenous Australians within the health and social care profession
6.2 Critically reflect on ethical Indigenous research practices to work with and for Indigenous peoples within the health and social care professions

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 have recent relevant work experience and can demonstrate the capacity to undertake tertiary study, may also be considered eligible.

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

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners. Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

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: 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in each subset; or TOEFL: internet based: 94 overall, reading 24, listening 24, speaking 23, writing 27; or PTE: 65-72 overall with a minimum score of 65 in each subset; or OET: minimum score of B in each of the 4 components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

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.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning for the Master of Advanced 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 detailed information about how to apply for recognition of prior learning and the resulting subject exemptions, see recognition of prior learning.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 2 years of online study, 1 x 6 credit point subject (or equivalent) per session over 12 x 7-week teaching sessions.

Course structure

Master of Advanced Nursing is comprised of 12 subjects, of which, four are graduate certificate subjects. Students have the option to follow one of the listed specialisation pathways, or they may choose to study a general pathway (selecting any eight subjects from those on offer in the major and sub-majors).

Course completion requirements

STM91849 Advanced Nursing core 48cp
CBK92290 Advanced Nursing choice 24cp
Total 72cp

Course program

For more information, download a course guide and speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about fully online study and a possible study program.

Articulation with UTS courses

While the Master of Advanced Nursing is offered as a stand-alone qualification, it is also part of an articulated program of study.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

The Post-Graduate Nursing co-ordination team