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.
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.
|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)|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
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.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL18 - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing CL16 - Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing|
|Learned Society Accreditiation||
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
|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|
|Number of units: 12||Total credit points: 72|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20167||Literature Review in Nursing|
|NURS20173||Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 1|
|NURS20175||Advanced Practice for Registered Nurses 1|
|NURS20166||Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Setting|
|NURS20169||Nursing and Clinical Governance|
|NURS20170||Patient Deterioration in the Clinical Setting|
|NURS20171||Nursing and Professional Practice 1|
|NURS20168||Research Methods in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences|
|NURS20172||Nursing and Professional Practice 2|
|NURS20176||Advanced Practice for Registered Nurses 2|
|NURS20174||Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 2|