Courses Handbook 2010

151704 v.3 Master of Clinical Nursing


Course CRICOS Code: 029833J
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1.5 Years


This course, with specialist streams in Critical Care, Emergency, Orthopaedic , Perianaesthesia , Acute Care, Perioperative and Neonatal Nursing is designed to provide the theoretical foundations of nursing science, togetherwith the clinical knowledge and skills associated with the major stream of the course. A significant component of the course is conducted in a health care institution. It focuses on the development of clinical leadership, promotion and integration of evidence-based nursing practicein each of the majors to foster the development of graduates consistent with the profile of the nurse specialist, offering the advanced-level nurse further clinical skills and an opportunity to extend career options. It also provides the foundation for professional doctoral studies.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

An undergraduate nursing degree or equivalent hospital-based diploma. Twelve months' post-graduate experience in specialist area of practice. Must be concurrently employed in an approved area between 18 and 24 hours per week.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is assessed on individual application. Consideration will be given to appropriate clinical experiences, short courses, formal university programs or other forms of continuing education. Processes will be consistent with university guidelines for recognising prior learning. Recognition of prior learning arrangements will be considered from providers where consistent student enrolment applications are received with evidence of completion of industry-based programs.

Duration and Availablity

This fee-paying course is three semesters' full-time or equivalent part-time study. Most units are available externally. International onshore students on student visas are not permitted to take units externally.

Intermediate Awards 1

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

Intermediate Awards II

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing; Posgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing.

Course Organisation

It is recommended students undertake two units of study per semester, in internal or external (online) study modes. This is done to accommodate the employment requirements in the relevant speciality area necessary to achieve specialist clinical competence. Exit points have been provided at Graduate Certificate level (four units), Graduate Diploma level (eight units) and Master level (10 units). As this course focuses on clinical specialisation, the student is expected to continue to work in and focus assignments around their chosen clinical speciality.

Career Opportunities

Acute care nursing features numerous areas of specialisation. By completing a postgraduate course in a specialist area students may be better placed to achieve promotional positions in the clinical field such as Clinical Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Additional Course Expenses

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

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1
311226 v.1   Critical Care Nursing Stream (Master of Clinical Nursing) 300.0
311227 v.1   Emergency Nursing Stream (Master of Clinical Nursing) 300.0
311228 v.2   Orthopaedic Nursing Stream (Master of Clinical Nursing) 300.0
311229 v.2   Perianaesthesia Nursing Stream (Master of Clinical Nursing) 300.0
311230 v.2   Acute Care Nursing Stream (Master of Clinical Nursing) 300.0
311502 v.1   Perioperative Nursing Stream (Master of Clinical Nursing) 300.0
311503 v.1 *   Neonatal Nursing Stream (Master of Clinical Nursing) 300.0
*      311503 Neonatal Nursing Stream will not be available until 2010


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 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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