Master of Clinical Nursing

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$21155 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


The Master of Clinical Nursing builds on from the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing bringing the clinical expert and clinical leadership components together. It aims to expand the health clinician's knowledge and skills in clinical nursing at a specialist and advanced level. The course includes carefully designed coursework units with embedded research-led teaching, with both project and thesis options.


Graduates may seek employment in:

  • government or private health care
  • education facilities in clinical nursing
  • education
  • research

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Clinical Nursing, a student must complete 120 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

*NRSG633 Clinical Nursing

NRSG636 Foundations of Specialty Practice 1

HLSC604 Quality and Safety in Health Care


HLSC603 Organisational Culture and Management


HLSC607 Policy and Planning in Health Care

HLSC640 Interpreting Health Research

Year 1 - Semester 2

* NRSG635 Extended Clinical Nursing

NRSG637 Foundations of Specialty Practice 2

HLSC605 Leadership in Health Care

PHIL623 Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice

Year 2 - Semester 1

HLSC617 Independent Project


Elective Unit

Elective Unit

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

* Only those students undertaking fully online study should enrol in NRSG633 and NRSG635 at ACU. The clinical nursing units (NRSG633 and NRSG635) may be offered through your healthcare facility (HCF). Do not enrol in these units at ACU if you are undertaking the postgraduate program with one of our HCF affiliated partners unless directed to do so. Please discuss this with your Course Coordinator or your HCF educator if required.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed the following requirements from the specialisations in the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with the relevant award:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing:40 cp from Clinical Nursing units;
  2. Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing: 40 cp from Clinical Nursing units 40 cp from either Project Stream Units or Research Stream Units.

Additional course information

40 credit points of this course consist of the units in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and 40 credit points of this course are derived from the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing.

Students have the option to pursue a project stream or a research stream within this course:

The project stream consists of a combination of a project and electives (total value of 40 credit points).

The research stream consists of a two-part research dissertation valued at total of 40 credit points.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Clinical Nursing an applicant must:

  1. Have completed one of:
  2. a Bachelor of Nursing;
  3. the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing; or
  4. the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing
  5. Hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
  6. Be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$21155 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

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You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Applicants of Clinical Nursing are required to complete and upload the Statement of Employment form with their application.


Deferment is available for one year. Students must meet employment at the point of commencing studies. Find out more about deferment.


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