Courses Handbook 2007 - [ Archived ]

310082 v.1 Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (Registration)


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


The Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (Registration) is a co-operative program with Murdoch University to prepare registered general nurses and comprehensive nurses for registration as mental health nurses. Key elements of the curriculum are professional accountability, evidenced-based practice, increased knowledge and skills in the area of mental health and competence to practice as a mental health nurse.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Applicants must be registered in Division I with the Nurses Board in a state of Australia as a comprehensive or general nurse with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), or its equivalent. Alternate entry will be offered to general nurses and comprehensive nurses registered in Division I with the Nurses Board of Western Australia who do not hold an undergraduate degree. Non-degree students must meet the School of Nursing and Midwifery's criteria for alternate entry.

Specific Requirements

Students require a Police Clearance before commencing the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full time duration or equivalent part time.

Course Organisation

Students complete three units at Curtin and three units at Murdoch. There are two clinical practice units in an approved mental health care facility under the preceptorship of a mental health nurse.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to seek employment in many areas of the health care system. In addition graduates of this course may be employed within other work environments such as the justice system. The course will provide nurses with increased knowledge and skills that will facilitate career development and promotional opportunities.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Further Information

School of Nursing and Midwifery, General Enquiries, Telephone 9266 2053.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

306937 v.1   Advanced Practice - Mental Health 562 4.0 25.0
309853 v.1   Mental Health Nursing 562 4.0 50.0
310116 v.1 * Mental Health Nursing Practice I (Murdoch) 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

307495 v.1   Developmental Health 561 4.0 25.0
310114 v.1   Applied Health Research Methods - From Research to Practice (Murdoch) 25.0
310115 v.1 * Mental Health Nursing Practice II (Murdoch) 50.0
* Students must complete 500 hours clinical practice


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2007 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2007 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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