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Nursing Specialisations

Ready to take the leap and advance your nursing career? Choose from over 20 specialisations and learn amongst a collaborative online community.

To help you advance your career, we offer generous scholarship to our valued partner employees. Please speak to your workplace or contact us on 1300 363 864 to find out more.

Offered online or on a part-time basis, our courses allow you to balance your work and study commitments. You’ll also get access to a relevant healthcare setting, applying specialist nursing knowledge to your clinical practice.

Whether you’re in the early stages of your career, working in an area of specialisation, or moving into a role that encourages you to lead and manage, our program will support your lifelong learning goals.

If you work for one of the following partners, we have existing scholarship arrangements in place to help you meet your CPD needs:

Ambulance Tasmania
Aurora Health
Baptist Care
Calvary Care
Catholic Healthcare
Chris O'Brien's Lifehouse
Day Hospitals Australia
Dementia Australia
DOC Tasmania
Glenview Community Services
Healthe Care
Home Instead Senior Care
HPS Pharmacies
Independent Practitioner Network
Justice Health (NSW Health)
Mater QLD
NSW Health
NT Health
QLD Health
Ramsay Healthcare
Rural Health Tasmania
SA Health
Salvation Army
Southern Cross Care
St Vincent's Health Australia
Sydney Adventist Hospital
Tasmanian Health Service (DOH)
Uniting Age Well
Uniting Care QLD
VIC Health

Course Options

Master of Clinical Nursing (Specialisation)

3 years min, 7 years max

View course details Master of Clinical Nursing (Specialisation)

Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Specialisation)

2 years min, 5 years max

View course details Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Specialisation)

Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation)

1 year min, 3 years max

View course details Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation)

Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Medication Management

1 year min, 1 year max

View course details Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Medication Management

Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies for Health Professionals

1 year min, 3 years max

View course details Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies for Health Professionals

Get support from teaching staff who have worked as clinicians throughout their careers.

Engage with fellow students, building support networks and making lifelong connections.

Access strong industry partnerships with nursing leaders and clinical experts, including the Tasmanian Health Service.

Study options

Acute Care Nursing

Acute care involves the treatment of patients diagnosed with short term but serious conditions. This specialisation explores illness, patient deterioration, and the politics of power in the wider care setting.

Addiction Studies

Addiction Studies explores the context of addiction, assessment and management of addictive disorders, as well as approaches to intervention.

(Semester 1 entry only)

Anaesthetics and Recovery Nursing

Explore the foundations of perioperative nursing, interpreting patient deterioration, and focus on the complex health care needs of patients requiring anaesthetic and recovery room nursing care.

Cardiovascular Nursing

A look into integrated nursing care for patients with conditions affecting the cardiovascular system.

Child and Family Health Nursing

This area examines the changing philosophies that have underpinned the practice of child and family health nurses. Child and Family Health combines clinical practice and online learning.

Clinical Nursing and Teaching

Study the internal and external factors of existing healthcare models, while examining the practical application of simulation to replicate and teach aspects of healthcare practice.

Critical Care Nursing

Critical Care allows for the understanding and exploration of patient management skills in complex critical care situations. This includes patient deterioration and scientific theories related to nursing critically ill patients with single and multi-organ systems failure.

Emergency Nursing

Develop an understanding of the principles of triage, while the examining theories and principles of trauma and acutely unwell patients. You’ll also learn to relate these to a number of common clinical presentations.

Gerontological Nursing

Explore healthy aging in contemporary professional practice, as well as preparedness to care for people in the last year of their lives, and the concepts of mental health wellbeing and dementia care.

High Acuity Nursing

Develop an understanding of acute illness and how this is applied in the context of complex health conditions. Recognise the essential concepts of health assessment that can be applied in any situation.

Leadership in Practice

An introduction to what leadership means for the Registered Nurse in contemporary nursing practice. Focus on the theory underpinning Practice Development to enable and enhance your individual leadership capabilities, skills and knowledge within your own practice setting.

(Semester 1 entry only)

Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing

An opportunity to employ a critical, reflective, and problem-based learning approach to support the development of knowledge, skill and attitudinal competencies required for effective practice.

(Semester 1 entry only)

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing

Neonatal Intensive Care explores the interplay of biological and ecological factors that relate to the development of resilience in neonates, infants, children and adolescents within a family centred framework. You’ll be equipped to provide comprehensive and therapeutic nursing care to critically ill newborns, the growing premature infant, and their families.

Neuroscience Nursing

Neuroscience provides clinically focussed content that will enable you to critically analyse current neurological and neurosurgical theory and practices. You’ll apply an evidence-based approach to understanding care, diagnostics, and management of the patient with neurological conditions.

Oncology Nursing

Oncology examines altered cell biology, epidemiology and the technologies used to detect and treat cancer. Non-evidence based treatments for cancer are also discussed.

Orthopaedic Nursing

Learn the role of the orthopaedic nurse in the clinical area, examining the musculoskeletal system and health assessment in relation to orthopaedic conditions.

Paediatric Nursing

Explore the interplay of biological and ecological factors that relate to the development of resilience in neonates, infants, children and adolescents within a family centred framework.

Perioperative Nursing

Develop perioperative clinical skills based on ACORN principles of practice. Competency development is supported by clinical preceptors, clinical educators and academics, and you’ll explore the theoretical components of perioperative nursing.

Primary Health

Gain advanced knowledge, skills and analysis of primary health care (PHC), both in critical thinking and the application of PHC research to practice. You’ll explore primary health principles, philosophy, approaches and frameworks for working in a variety of roles.

(Semester 1 entry only)

Quality and Safety

This specialisation focusses on your acquired knowledge of existing health service models. You’ll learn about he internal and external factors that influence the delivery of quality services, and the best-practice models for quality service design.

Rehabilitation Nursing

Learn to understand the complex needs of the person requiring rehabilitation nursing. Through exploration of the literature, you’ll explore theories of disability, epidemiology and rehabilitation principles to guide development of the rehabilitation nurse.

Renal Nursing

Explore the pathogenesis of renal disease and the management of patients with acute, chronic and end stage diseases. You’ll also address the principles of renal nursing, including the psychological, ethical and sociological domains of health.

Special Care of the Newborn Nursing

A look into the interplay of biological and ecological factors that relate to the development of resilience in neonates, infants, children and adolescents within a family centred framework. Enhance your understanding of pathophysiology and apply this to appropriate therapeutic interventions and assessments.

Course breakdown


Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation)

50 credit points

Choose a specialisation listed under the study options section of this page.


Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Specialisation)

100 credit points

After completing a specialisation listed under "Graduate Certificate" (50CP), then complete a year two additional component of study (50CP).


Master of Clinical Nursing (Specialisation)

150 credit points

After completing all the requirements in the "Graduate Diploma", then complete two research (25CP) units as follows.

Career outcomes

Upon graduating, you will have a deeper understanding of the practice and how to overcome key issues and adapt to ongoing changes, making you an ideal candidate for leadership positions and career advancement. 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.

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in 2021-22 financial year

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by 2025

The number of employed nurses in Australia


In 2016/17 financial year

Study Experiences

Online nursing course helps Chantelle Transition to Practice.

Tamworth’s Chantelle Ragg is looking to pursue a midwifery and paediatric career after successfully completing the University of Tasmania's Bachelor of Nursing with Clinical Honours (Transition to Practice) program.

Read more about Chantelle's story

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.