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Information relevant to 2003 – Course Specifications

Master of Clinical Nursing (MCN)

Course details (H7F)

1 In these specifications ‘Faculty’ means the Faculty of Health Science.


2 To qualify for admission, a candidate for the Master of Clinical Nursing 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 Council or the Nursing Board of Tasmania 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.
3 A 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 five years of part-time study, from the time of first enrolment.

Course structure

4 To 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.
6 A 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

7 Passes 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.
8 Passes in the specialisation units within the Graduate Certificate in Nursing 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 will be credited towards the degree for up to two thirds of the Schedule, when the same specialisations are undertaken in all three courses.


9 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.
10 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2003 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.
11 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Master of Clinical Nursing shall be MCN.

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