Master of Nursing


The Faculty of Arts, Nursing and Theology offers a Master of Nursing (by coursework) with optional exit points of Graduate Certificate in Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Nursing. Students are given the option to develop nursing specialist qualifications in Clinical Nursing, Clinical Teaching or Leadership and Management. These areas of study are designed to extend and deepen knowledge, skills and appreciation of advanced practice through in-depth study of nursing research and innovative evidence-based perspectives of practice, clinical teaching, leadership and management approaches, health promotion, lifestyle disease, counselling, holistic assessment, advanced therapeutic interventions and evaluation within complex health care environments. The ability to function both autonomously and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team is an essential element in the course. Further, postgraduate students will also be expected to demonstrate accountability for safe practice from legal, ethical and professional perspectives.



At a Glance



Course Code: 2094

Course Convenor: Dr Malcolm Anderson

Course Structure

The Master of Nursing totals 72 credit points: ten (10) units at 6 credit points each and one (1) unit at 12 credit points.
Students have 3 (three) specialisation options:
  1. Master of Nursing with a specialisation in Clinical Nursing
  2. Master of Nursing with a specialisation in Clinical Teaching
  3. Master of Nursing with a specialisation in Leadership and Management

Duration

One-and-a-half years full-time or equivalent part-time. Currently this course is being offered on a part-time basis only.

Credit points

72 credit points: ten (10) units at 6 credit points each and one (1) unit at 12 credit points.

Mode of delivery

Units are offered by distance education (on-line), however additional non-mandatory on-campus sessions may be organised to support the learning needs of students.

Abbreviation of course title

MNurs

Nested Courses - Optional Exit Points in each Specialisation

  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing after completion of 24 credit points (6 units)
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing after completion of 48 credit points (8 units)

Student is to consult with the Postgraduate Course Convenor for details of nested course requirements.

Entry Requirements

Domestic Students

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent qualification*) OR completion of a Graduate Diploma in Nursing or completion of a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (AQF Level 8 or equivalent)
  • current authorisation to practice as a Registered Nurse (with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency-Nursing and Midwifery);
  • have a minimum of one year post registration experience within the last 5 years
  • be employed as a registered nurse in the clinical setting for Clinical Teaching and Clinical Nursing specialities
*Equivalent qualification includes a Bachelor of Health Science (in Nursing)

International Students

  • hold an overseas qualification identified as equivalent to a Bachelor of Nursing qualification (AQF Level 7 or equivalent) in Australia by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered Avondale College of Higher Education
  • current authorisation to practice as a Registered in their own country AND
  • have a minimum of one year post registration experience within the last 5 years AND
  • be employed as a registered nurse in the clinical setting for Clinical Teaching and Clinical Nursing specialities

For applicants whose first language is not English

  • applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English to the satisfaction in one of the following two ways:
    • provide documentary evidence that initial nursing education was conducted in the English language.
    • successful completion of at least two years of tertiary study conducted in the English language in Australia, or in another country where English is the official language, within the last two years.
  • International applicants may also be required to undertake an English language test (Academic IELTS). For postgraduate study in the Faculty of Arts, Nursing and Theology, applicants must score an overall score of 7.0 or more, with a minimum of 7.0 in each separate band.

Working as a Nurse in NSW

  • Special application for temporary nurse registration may be sought from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) if an applicant wishes to undertake supernumerary nursing practice in NSW. Further information can be found on the NMB website http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/

Enquiries:

Direct your enquiries to:

Avondale Admissions
Telephone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: study@avondale.edu.au

Faculty of Nursing and Health (Sydney Campus)
Telephone: +61 2 9480 3630

Course Info



Course Information Booklet

For more details on the content of this course please download the following booklet:



The following specialty areas are available in the course.

Clinical Teaching Specialisation

The clinical teaching specialisation is made up of 5 core units and 6 specialty units which the student is required to complete.

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Name Credit Points
NUEB50800 Evidence-Based Practice 6.0
*NURS50100 Research Methods 6.0
NUHS50101 Spirituality and Health 6.0
NUTC55100 Therapeutic Communication 6.0
LAMC51100 Leadership and Organisation 6.0

Specialty Units

Unit Code Unit Name Credit Points
#NUCT58600 Clinical Teaching 6.0
#NUCT50400 Developing Practice in Clinical Teaching 6.0
LMLR50101 Lifestyle Medicine: Past, Present, Future 6.0
NURS56000 Promoting Health 6.0
NUAS55102 Applied Scholarship in Nursing 6.0
**NUMP55200 Major Project in Nursing (Year-long) 12.0
*Research Methods NURS50100 is a co-requisite for Major Project in Nursing NUMP55200
**Minimum of 36 credit points to be achieved before students can enrol in Major Project in Nursing NUMP55200
#Student is responsible for undertaking 120 hours of practical experience in this unit

The Course Convenor may substitute core speciality units with other units available from the Master of Nursing unit options.

Clinical Nursing Specialisation

The Clinical Nursing specialisation is made up of 5 core units and 6 specialty units which the student is required to complete.

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Name Credit Points
NUEB50800 Evidence-Based Practice 6.0
*NURS50100 Research Methods 6.0
NUHS50101 Spirituality and Health 6.0
NUTC55100 Therapeutic Communication 6.0
LAMC51100 Leadership and Organisation 6.0

Specialty Units

Unit Code Unit Name Credit Points
NUHC55400 Holistic Assessment and Caring 6.0
LMLR50104 Physiological Underpinnings of Chronic Disease 6.0
LMLR50101 Lifestyle Medicine: Past, Present, Future 6.0
NURS56000 Promoting Health 6.0
NUAS55102 Applied Scholarship in Nursing 6.0
**NUMP55200 Major Project in Nursing (Year-long) 12.0
*Research Methods NURS50100 is a co-requisite for Major Project in Nursing NUMP55200
**Minimum of 36 credit points to be achieved before student can enrol in Major Project in Nursing NUMP55200

The Course Convenor may substitute core speciality units with other units available from the Master of Nursing unit options

Leadership and Management Specialisation

The Leadership and Management specialisation is made up of 5 core units and 6 specialty units which the student is required to complete.

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Name Credit Points
NUEB50800 Evidence-Based Practice 6.0
*NURS50100 Research Methods 6.0
NUHS50101 Spirituality and Health 6.0
NUTC55100 Therapeutic Communication 6.0
LAMC51100 Leadership and Organisation 6.0

Specialty Units

Unit Code Unit Name Credit Points
LAMC51400 Human Resource Management 6.0
LAMC51600 Organisational Processes and Change 6.0
LAMC52300 Strategic Planning for Leadership 6.0
LAMC52600 Accounting for Leaders 6.0
NUAS55102 Applied Scholarship in Nursing 6.0
**NUMP55200 Major Project in Nursing (Year-long) 12.0
*Research Methods NURS50100 is a co-requisite for Major Project in Nursing NUMP55200
**Minimum of 36 credit points to be achieved before student can enrol in Major Project in Nursing NUMP55200

The Course Convenor may substitute core speciality units with other units available from the Master of Nursing unit options.

Nested Courses - Optional Exit Points for each Specialisation

  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing after completion of 24 credit points (6 units)
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing after completion of 48 credit points (6 units)

The Course Convenor is to be consulted for details of nested course requirements.

Testimonials



I completed my Master of nursing degree at Avondale College of Higher Education via distance learning. At first, I was apprehensive about commencing further studies at this level but Avondale staff quickly put my mind at ease. Lecturers were always available to help with words of advice and encouragement.

What I liked most about the whole thing was the program’s flexibility. The program allowed me to learn at my own pace and tailor-make subject requirements to suit my area of practice.

Avondale has helped me to be the professional I am today. The degree has allowed me to promote and implement nursing practice at an entirely new level.

Warren Peers

Case Manager/Orthopaedics


Careers



A career as a Registered Nurse offers many opportunities to work in diverse roles in a range of hospital and community settings both in Australia and globally. There are various career paths the Registered Nurse can pursue including, clinical practice, nursing leadership and management, research and nurse education. In response, Avondale College of Higher Education offers courses in these specialisations. These courses are designed to meet the continuing challenges in health care.

Financial



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