Courses & Units

Master of Clinical Nursing (Specialisation) H7F

Distance Launceston

Introduction

The Master of Clinical Nursing is a three-year (i.e. six semester) part-time course of which two semesters are made up of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (level 1) and two semesters are made up of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing (level 2). Applicants entering at the third level of the program i.e. directly into the two Master's level units, must have completed a Graduate Diploma or equivalent.

Summary

Course Name Master of Clinical Nursing (Specialisation)
Course Abbreviation MCN(Specialisation)
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Distance Launceston Semester 1

Objectives

The School of Health Sciences aims to create an educational environment which values critical reflective thinking, life-long learning and professional development. The course focuses on a high level of conceptualisation within the discipline of nursing, preparing graduates who can contribute to knowledge and practice development within their own chosen clinical specialty.
Candidates will have the opportunity to:

* develop leadership skills in Nursing;


* develop advanced skills in clinical supervision, teaching and mentorship; 

* increase their understanding of the complex issues in nursing practice, and

* enhance specialist nursing knowledge and skills.

The course aims to prepare students with the knowledge, career skills and personal attributes for employment in specialty areas of nursing at an advanced level.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Nursing will be equipped with knowledge and skills to enable them to function at an advanced level within practice. The course recognises the ability of expert practitioners and provides them with an appropriate professional qualification.

Prerequisites

An applicant must: [i] be a registered nurse in Australia, or [ii] if an overseas applicant, have had his/her nursing qualifications assessed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and be eligible for registration in Australia, and normally have had at least two years of full-time experience in relevant nursing practice within the last two years (or equivalent); [iii] hold an undergraduate degree in nursing with a grade point average of at least a credit (or equivalent); or [iv] have qualifications or experience deemed to be the equivalent of one of the above.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

The Master of Clinical Nursing articulates with the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Nursing and the Bachelor of Nursing Professional Honours.

The Master of Clinical Nursing comprises six 25% units or equivalent. The first two years of the course are as for the Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma of Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing Professional Honours courses.

Course Structure

Schedule

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


1In these specifications 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Health.

Entry

2To qualify for admission, a candidate for the Master of Clinical Nursing (Specialisation) must:
 [i]be a registered nurse in Australia and hold a current practising certificate, or
 [ii]if an overseas applicant, have had his/her nursing qualifications assessed by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council and be eligible for registration in Australia, and
  normally have had at least two years of full-time experience in relevant nursing practice within the last two years (or equivalent);
 [iii] hold an undergraduate degree in nursing with a grade point average of at least a credit (or equivalent); or
 [iv]have qualifications and experience deemed to be the equivalent of one of the above.
3A candidate shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, normally in not less than three years of part-time study (or equivalent) and not more than seven years of part-time study, from the time of first enrolment.

Course structure

4To qualify for the degree, a candidate shall pass six 25% units (or equivalent) specified in the Schedule accompanying these specifications.
5[i] Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites and as summarised in the Schedule.
 [ii] A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 50% weighting.
 [iii] Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
 [iv] In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.
6A candidate entering clinical practice in a clinical agency shall observe the rules, regulations, policies, protocols, procedures and by-laws of that clinical agency.

Credit for previous studies

7Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.
8Passes in the specialisation units within the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation) will be credited towards the degree for up to one third of the Schedule, and passes in the core, health studies and specialisation units within the Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Specialisation) or Bachelor of Nursing Professional Honours (Specialisation) will be credited towards the degree for up to two thirds of the Schedule.

Miscellaneous

9The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.
10These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2012 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.
11The approved abbreviation for the degree of Master of Clinical Nursing shall be MCN(Specialisation).