Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership)

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Program summary

Shape the future of clinical healthcare.

The Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) is designed for degree qualified Nurses who are eligible to register (Division 1) to enable you to shape the development and delivery of health care services. It prepares you for clinical leadership, research and advanced practice roles and provides opportunity for continuing professional development. Choose a specialisation in acute and emergency care, community and primary health care, clinical practice education and paediatric and child health. The program is delivered in blended mode using a combination of online and on-campus learning.

Students may choose to exit the masters program after completing four courses, and may be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Nursing. Students must have completed all the requirements of the Graduate Certificate to be awarded this program. Please note that there is no direct entry into the Graduate Certificate.

Admission requirements

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a Bachelor qualification (AQF level 7) in nursing from a recognised tertiary education provider. Applicants who are Registered Nurses registered in Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) who do not have a Bachelor qualification may be considered for admission based on extensive industry experience and will require approval by the Program Leader.

The Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) offers a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) as well as domestic fee paying places. Offers for both CSP and fee paying places will be made after the application due date for the program.

CSP will be allocated on the basis of your Grade Point Average in the degree used to meet admission requirements and/or your industry experience. Applicants falling below the demand-driven cut-off for a CSP may be offered a domestic fee paying place subject to capacity limitations.

Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and permanent visa holders enrolled in a fee paying place will have the option of applying for a CSP in subsequent semesters if one becomes available. In these cases, the student’s current GPA in the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) will be used to assess eligibility for a CSP place using the same entry cut-off applied for new CPS entrants during that admission period.

International students on a Student visa must demonstrate English language skills at an IELTS level of 7 with no subtest less than 7 or equivalent. Refer to the University's English language requirements.

Career opportunities

Graduates will extend their career pathways in clinical leadership in administration, education, research and practice roles. These roles are enacted in a range of private and public, primary, secondary and tertiary, health care services, in institutional and community settings. In addition, graduates will potentially have increased opportunities in higher education career pathways.

Professional recognition

Graduates may apply for membership with eligible clinical nursing organisations.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

Program Structure

NUR704 Leadership in Clinical Practice
NUR708 Learning and Teaching in the Practice Environment
NUR721 Research in Health Care

PLUS select 1 course from:
HLT701 Qualitative Research: Approaches and Practice
PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods

PLUS select 1 Option from:

Option 1 (48 units)
HLT703 Special Project: Evaluating Practice Knowledge
HLT704 Special Project: Translating Knowledge into Practice

Option 2 (48 units)
NUR731A Research Project A
NUR731B Research Project B
NUR731C Research Project C
NUR731F Research Project F

PLUS select 4 required courses from Option A or Option B:

Option A
Select 4 courses from:
HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education
NUR551 Community and Primary Health Care
NUR552 Co-ordinating Care in Community and Primary Care Contexts
NUR703 Infant Care
NUR705 Responding in the Emergency Context
NUR706 Coordinating Complex Emergency Situations
NUR707 Global Emergency Issues
NUR709 Professional Internship
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR720 Mental Health Contexts of Care
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment
1 x postgraduate level (700 coded) elective course may be chosen from either Faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering)

Option B
OR select 1
 specialisations from:

Emergency and Acute Care specialisation

NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment

PLUS select 3 courses from:
HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education
NUR705 Responding in the Emergency Context
NUR706 Coordinating Complex Emergency Situations
NUR707 Global Emergency Issues
NUR709 Professional Internship
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health

Community and Primary Health Care specialisation

NUR551 Community and Primary Health Care

PLUS select 3 courses from:
HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education
NUR552 Co-ordinating Care in Community and Primary Care Contexts
NUR703 Infant Care
NUR709 Professional Internship
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR720 Mental Health Contexts of Care
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment
PUB702 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
PUB705 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning

Clinical Education Practice specialisation

HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education

PLUS select 3 courses from:
NUR551 Community and Primary Health Care
NUR552 Co-ordinating Care in Community and Primary Care Contexts
NUR709 Professional Internship
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health
NUR720 Mental Health Contexts of Care
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment
1 x postgraduate level (700 coded) elective course may be chosen from either Faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering)

Paediatric and Child Health specialisation

NUR703 Infant Care
NUR740 Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Care
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment

PLUS select 1 course from:
NUR709 Professional Internship
NUR713 Independent Study

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

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Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Exit point only. Students unable to complete the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) may exit via this program with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing by completing any 4 courses (48 units) from the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership)
  • International students on a Student Visa please note, you may enrol in no more than 3 courses (36 units) via online mode (25 percent of your program). NUR713 is only offered via online mode. You must also ensure that you are enrolled in at least one on-campus course in each semester
  • Some courses in this program require project work and/or independent study and therefore have limited on-campus contact. Please refer to individual course descriptions
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • When enrolling, please refer to the Plan your study tab

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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