Master of Nursing

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  • Qualification:
    Postgraduate, Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    24 months part-time
  • Start date:
    6 intake dates each year – enquire now!
  • Awarded by:
    James Cook University Online
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:

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Course Rundown

The Master of Nursing from James Cook University is a comprehensive course that prepares Registered Nurses, who already have a Bachelor of Nursing, to maximise the potential of their nursing careers. Whether you want to understand and implement research, or pursue leadership or educational practice roles in a hospital environment, the Master of Nursing is for you.

Students choosing the Leadership and Management major will acquire the skillset necessary for leading and managing teams, as well as developing skills in business-related areas such as finance and budgeting. Education majors, on the other hand, will learn comprehensive and contemporary methods for facilitating effective adult learning.

Throughout the latter part of the course, students will have the opportunity to compile a professional portfolio based on subject content applied to an area of expertise, equipping them with additional tools for career advancement.


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

  • Completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent qualification, and;
  • Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside of Australia;
  • Completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience, or the part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse.
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

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

Leadership and Management major

  • Leading and Managing in Health
  • Ethics and Health Management
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Business and Finance for the Health Manager
  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution in Healthcare
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
  • Research in Applied Contexts
  • Transforming Practice Part 1 of 2
  • Transforming Practice Part 2 of 2
  • Professional Portfolios for Career Advancement

Education major

  • Principles of Education for the Health Professional
  • Teaching in Practice Settings
  • Clinical Coaching
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Contemporary Healthcare Education
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
  • Research in Applied Contexts
  • Transforming Practice Part 1 of 2
  • Transforming Practice Part 2 of 2
  • Professional Portfolios for Career Advancement

Get equipped with the skills you need to succeed when you study with one of Australia’s leading universities, James Cook University Online! Choose to undertake a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters and gain the knowledge and confidence to make your mark in the industry.

Their flexible online study option means you can learn on the go, or from the comfort of your own home while still having full access to leading academic materials. JCU has created an interactive and dynamic online learning platform packed with videos, group chats and more to keep you connected with your teachers and peers.

Enjoy a first-class learning experience when you learn with JCU, ranked in the top 2% of universities from around the globe (Academic Ranking of World Universities – ARWU) and home to some of the world’s leading academics.

The success and happiness of their students is James Cook University’s first priority.

From day one through to graduation, students at JCU Online will have the support of a one-on-one Success Advisor. Each advisor will be readily available to help you with any administration, navigating the system, staying motivated and more.

Got a question for your tutor? They’ll be available for any questions and advice via online chat.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of Nursing from James Cook University.

Graduates of the Leadership and Management major will be equipped to undertake leadership roles in clinical settings, while graduates of the Education major are prepared to pursue nurse educator roles within a clinical environment. Students will be ready to to work in any number of environments, from rural, remote or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to increasingly complex urban contexts.

How Much Will It Cost?

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

James Cook University also offers an upfront payment option.

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 $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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