Duration3 years part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2025
Study modeOnline
Course codeCL22
First-year fee
$27,756 (Indicative) (FFP)
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If you are a Registered Nurse who would like to make enhanced clinical decisions and lead clinical practice then our Master of Clinical Nursing is ideal for you. You'll gain advanced skills and knowledge in your specialist area of practice, and develop your clinical decision making skills.  Tailor your studies to your practice interests and choose a generalist, gerontology, or medical/surgical major.

The Master of Clinical Nursing prepares you to make enhanced clinical decisions and lead clinical practice. You will develop your skills and knowledge in sound theoretical and ethical frameworks that support evidence based, person-centred nursing care.

The course is a discipline based degree with twelve units covering:

  • Patient Deterioration,
  • Clinical Governance,
  • Professional Practice,
  • Specialty Practice,
  • Clinical Learning and Teaching Leadership,
  • Research, and
  • a Quality Improvement project.

You will also select a Generalist, Gerontology or Medical / Surgical Nursing major to tailor your studies.

Your first year of study aims to enhance confidence and competence in the clinical areas. It includes clinically based practice and theory. Your second year focuses on enhancing professional and clinical skills within your specialist area of practice. The use of a portfolio will allow you to apply your learning to your own clinical practice and document your career development. The third year focuses on the acquisition of research knowledge and skills. You'll also complete your quality improvement project in your area of specialty. To meet the learning outcomes of this course, you must be nursing in a clinical area where clinical skills are employed.

The Master of Clinical Nursing provides you with a nursing-specific, high-level, post-graduate qualification. You'll develop clinical decision makings skills through the use of evidence, reflection, discussion and critical review of situation, context and resources. You will examine contemporary issues impacting on health care delivery. Plus, you'll develop your clinical, professional and leadership skills to promote consumer outcomes. As a graduate, many exciting and rewarding opportunities may be available to you, including promotion.

Career Opportunities

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.

Structure & Availability

Course Structure

You are required to complete 12 units made up of six core units and a 6-unit major. You can choose from a Generalist, Gerontology, or Medical/Surgical major. 

Unit Information

For information on the units you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit Transfer Information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Pathways into this course

To study this course, you must work at one of the following Hospital and Health Services/hospitals, or you can enrol through the non-partnered pathway. 

Cairns Hinterland Hospital and Health Services

  •     Cairns Hospital

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services

  •     Rockhampton
  •     Gladstone Hospital

Mackay Hospital and Health Services

  • Mackay Hospital

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services

  • Bundaberg Hospital
  • Hervey Bay Hospital
  • Maryborough

Metro South

  • PA Hospital
  • Logan Hospital
  • Redland Bay Hospital
  • QE2 Hospital

Western District Health Service (Victoria)

  • Hamilton Hospital

Port Pirie Regional Health Service - Yorke and Northern Local Health Network

  • Port Pirie Hospital


  • Mater Townsville 

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online

Generalist major
Tailored to registered nurses not working in an identified speciality area, this major gives you the opportunity to advance your clinical knowledge and leadership to undertake leadership positions in the healthcare industry. 

Gerontology major
Gain expert knowledge and technical skills within the speciality area of gerontology. Plus, you will learn to critique health assessments of an elderly patient and promote the agency of older patients when planning health care responses. 

Medical Surgical major
Develop knowledge and skills to specialise in medical and surgical interventions of a patient. You will graduate with demonstrated autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility to prepare you for a specialist leadership role. 

This course has no residential schools.


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements. 

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Indicative First-Year Fee

Indicative first-year fee (FFP)

The Indicative First-Year Fee for a Full Fee Paying (FFP) Place is the approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one full-time academic year (this is usually eight units studied over two terms). Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees. 

Learn more about paying for university or view the FEE-HELP information booklet on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Part of your course costs will include Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). SSAF is charged in addition to your student contribution or tuition fees and is used to help enhance your study experience. There may also be other costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

How to apply

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