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CL22 - Master of Clinical Nursing

Overview

Course Overview

The Master of Clinical Nursing is aimed at preparing Registered Nurses for enhanced clinical decision making activities, alongside clinical and professional leadership that supports quality care within an evidenced-based and ethical framework.

As a student, you will draw on international and national evidence-based theoretical and practical applications of care within your specialisation area of practice. You will examine contemporary issues impacting on care delivery, and develop your clinical, professional and leadership skills. This will build your capacity to lead and support clinical outcomes responsive to patient situation, location and condition. You will also have the opportunity to learn and apply research skills to undertake a research project.

The following outline provides an overview of the program of study:

The first academic year of study includes clinically based practice and theory within a work integrated learning model of study, in collaboration with the university and your health service. The second academic year of study focuses on enhancing professional and clinical skills within your specialist area of practice. Specialist practice areas include renal nursing, medical and surgical nursing, intensive care, coronary care, rural and remote nursing, generalist nursing, orthopaedic nursing, oncology and palliative care. The third academic year of study focuses on the acquisition of research skills to develop nursing knowledge and practice.

Career Information

The Master of Clinical Nursing provides Registered Nurses with a nursing specific high level post-graduate qualification.This qualification has the potential to create many exciting and rewarding opportunities for graduates including increased financial remuneration from some employers. Graduates will attain competency and confidence to be able to undertake the many nurse leadership positions available within the health care industry; Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Consultant and Nurse Unit Manager roles. This qualification will also provide registered nurses with the competitive edge in order to apply for promotion.The research component of the course will allow graduates to move into research roles and even lead applied clinical research.

Course Details
Duration 3 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 72
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MClinNurs
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Distance
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

To enter this course you must have:
- current AHPRA registration as a Registered Nurse; and
- letter of employment which demonstrate that you are currently employed with an approved clinical partner for new graduates; or
- letter of support from employer demonstrating support to undertake the course and employment in your nominated area of specialisation.



Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

N/A

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL18 - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing CL16 - Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 151
2018 78
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply expert knowledge and technical skills in a specific clinical specialty
  • 2. Demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility
  • 3. Practice creatively and with initiative to adapt to new situation in the clinical dynamic
  • 4. Plan and execute a research project that contributes to the body of knowledge in a clinical nursing specialty
  • 5. Demonstrate advanced professional communication in the clinical setting.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
More Details

Application for Credit Transfer

Credit (also known as credit transfer, advanced standing or exemptions) may be granted towards CL22 Master of Clinical Nursing where students are able to demonstrate appropriate formal and/or informal/ non-formal learning.

If you have undertaken study in the last 10 years, or relevant in-formal or non-formal learning, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. Study completed over 10 years ago is not normally considered for credit. Please note, a shorter time limit may apply due to professional accreditation requirements.

The course allows the recognition of students' appropriate previous study and experience gained from working in industry, through 'Recognition of Prior Learning' (RPL).

Pathways for this course include:

1.       Students successfully completing a Graduate Nurse Program in a recognised partnered health organisation will be eligible to receive           credit for:

o   NURS20171 Nursing and Professional Practice 1

o   NURS20172 Nursing and Professional Practice 2

Students must successfully complete NURS20170 Patient Deterioration in the Clinical Setting and NURS20169 Nursing and Clinical Governance. The above units will be credited at the end of their first year of study with CQU.

2.       Students who are Registered Nurses with at least one year of continuous service in a specialist area post the graduate year may be           eligible to receive credit for:

o   NURS20170 Patient Deterioration in the Clinical Setting

o   NURS20171 Nursing and Professional Practice 1

o   NURS20169 Nursing and Clinical Governance

o   NURS20172 Nursing and Professional Practice 2

 

Recognised specialty areas include:

  •    Coronary care nursing
  •    Emergency nursing
  •    Generalist nursing (medical & surgical)
  •    Intensive care
  •    Oncology and palliative care nursing
  •    Orthopaedic nursing
  •    Paediatric nursing
  •    Peri-operative nursing
  •    Renal nursing
  •    Rural and remote nursing

 

It is a requirement that you work at least two shifts/week in your specialty area to meet your clinical competency requirements.


Additional RPL in this pathway may be recognised as follows:

    2a.    Students who are Registered Nurses with at least one year of continuous service in a specialist area post the graduate year plus hold a Graduate Certificate from a Higher Education institution who are able to demonstrate current employment in this specialty area may be eligible for a further 12 credit points towards course units.

 

 

3.       Students who are Registered Nurses and commencing their first year of specialty post the graduate year and enrolled in a Queensland Health Transitions Support Program eg. Q-CEP, may be eligible to receive credit for:

            

  •                     NURS20171 nursing and Professional Practice 1
  •                     NURS20172 Nursing and Professional Practice 2
  •                     NURS20175 Advanced Practice for Registered Nurses 1

Students must successfully complete NURS20170 Patient Deterioration in the Clinical Setting, NURS20169 Nursing and Clinical Governance, NURS20166 Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Setting plus the six month review of the Queensland Health Transitions Support Program. The above units will be credited at the end of the successful completion of the identified units of study.


  

 Documents required for pathways on application


The following information must be provided when applying for credit pathways 2 and 2a:

  •             Current AHPRA registration
  •             Employment letter and verification of specialist area
  •             Graduate Certificate from a recognised Australian Institution (if applying for the additional 12 credit points)


The following information must be provided when applying for credit pathway 3:

  • Current AHPRA registration
  • Employment letter
  • Verifying employment in specialty area
  • Confirming enrolment in Queensland Health Transitions Support Program

The maximum amount of credit based on RPL which can be granted for students enrolling into the CL22 Master of Clinical Learning is 36 credit points (6 units). Any further credit up to the 67% maximum, as outlined in policy, will only be considered where a student is able to demonstrate a clear passing grade or successful completion of AQF 9 (Masters Level) tertiary studies which are equivalent in content and assessment to the CQUniversity unit.

To apply for or obtain further information on CQUniversity credit transfer process, please refer to http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer .

Computing Requirements


It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.



Professional Standards and Conduct


All students are expected to behave in a sensible and appropriate manner. The use of abusive language, threatening behaviour, misuse of campus property and sexual harassment, will be treated as serious matters and may result in suspension or exclusion.

Please ensure that you are familiar with the Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedure which is available through the following link https://www.cqu.edu.au/about-us/structure/governance/glossary/items/behavioural-misconduct. In addition, nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA's professional standards in order to practise in Australia. For more information on the NMBA’s professional standards visit http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards.aspx.