Master of Nursing

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Registered Nurse | Health Promotion Practitioner | Health Educator | Nursing Manager | Nurse Unit Manager | View All

Course Rundown

Enhance your career opportunities and build in-demand specialised skills with this online Master of Nursing course from Charles Sturt University. 

Designed for registered nurses seeking to build new knowledge and experience, this course will help you improve your nursing practise for better patient outcomes and enhance your skills in critical thinking, decision-making and research. 

This course offers four specialisations for you to choose from, enabling you to build highly specialised new skills and knowledge across chronic and complex nursing, clinical education, emergency nursing and leadership and management. You’ll have the opportunity to build in-demand professional skills and attributes to improve your career opportunities and enable you to support your team. 

With flexible online delivery, this course fits easily into your lifestyle and won’t disrupt your work. If you’re seeking to build new nursing skills and want to improve your ability to help others, consider specialising your skills with this relevant online qualification. 


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree or professional qualification which leads to registration as a Registered Nurse Division 1 with the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency, or equivalent.

What You’ll Learn

In this nursing course, the subjects you may study include:

Year 1:

  • Units comprising 32 points from your chosen specialisation

Year 2:

  • Critical inquiry and evidence-based nursing practice
  • Research methods in health science 
  • Health master's proposal

Year 3:

  • Health master's projects OR
  • Health master's dissertation

Specialisation units:

Emergency nursing specialisation:

  • Processes of pathology
  • Advancing emergency care nursing practice
  • Applied pharmacology for nursing practice
  • Health assessment for advancing nursing practice

Chronic and complex nursing specialisation:

  • Processes of pathology
  • Chronic and complex nursing practice 1
  • Applied pharmacology for nursing practice
  • Health assessment for advancing nursing practice

Leadership and management specialisation:

  • Leadership and management for the nurse 1
  • Leadership and management for the nurse 2

Clinical education specialisation:

  • Foundations of teaching and learning in clinical education
  • Assessment in clinical education
  • Teaching and learning in the clinical setting
  • Professional practice in clinical education

Why study with Charles Sturt University?

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Nursing from Charles Sturt University. 

This qualification will enable you to seek employment in a specialised nursing role of your selection, in the areas of chronic and complex nursing, clinical education, emergency nursing and nursing leadership and management. You'll also have the opportunity to enhance your skills in critical thinking, decision-making and analysis, and may choose to seek employment in a general health leadership role after completing this course. 

If you don't complete the requirements for the full Master of Nursing, you may still be eligible to graduate with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Nursing. 


Curious about where a career in nursing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Charles Sturt University offers the following payment options:

  • Upfront payment
  • FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government for eligible candidates for whole or part of tuition costs



FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.