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Study CQUniversity's Master of Mental Health Nursing and equip yourself with advanced knowledge and skills in mental health nursing. Benefit from a flexible course structure where you can develop your nursing credentials to practise as a specialist mental health nurse and enhance your research skills relating to your practice.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Online

UNITS/CREDITS

12/72

DURATION

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Online

If you would like to gain the knowledge and skills to practise as a mental health nurse and develop your research skills, our Master of Mental Health Nursing is the ideal course for you. Offering opportunities to enhance your research capabilities and complete a small research project, the Masters prepares you to become a leader in advancing the discipline through scientific inquiry.

Developed with industry and lived experience academics, our mental health nursing courses are evidence-based and clinically relevant. Offered as part of a suite, the Master of Mental Health Nursing has a nested Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. The first four units of the Masters make up the Graduate Certificate and allow you to build your skills and knowledge in undertaking mental health assessments, diagnostic formulations and risk assessments, along with psychotropic medication, and recovery. The next set of four units completes the Graduate Diploma and extends on the first four units with a focus on the provision of safe, person-centred, recovery-orientated mental health care. Particular attention is given to exploring a range of therapeutic interventions that you can use to enhance your practice. The last four units of the Masters, prepare you to practise and research within the specialist field of mental health nursing. You’ll extend on your learning of therapeutic interventions that you can use, while you develop your research skills to undertake a research project that addresses an issue in mental health nursing practice. The assessments that you complete as you progress into the Graduate Diploma and Masters need you to be working in mental health so that you can employ your mental health nursing skills and apply your learnings to your own clinical practice.

The first eight units of the Masters are delivered via our flexible, online Be Different learning platform giving you the freedom to structure your study in a way that suits you. There are designed for you to access course content on any device with internet access and have no assessment or unit deadline constraints, making them ideal for busy, self-motivated learners. The final four units within the Masters are delivered via our traditional learning platforms, which means you will have scheduled assessments and term dates to follow as you complete your final four units.

The flexible nature of these courses also means that you have plenty of time to complete your studies. You have up to five years to complete the Masters.

Core Units 12 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Wondering how a self-paced postgraduate course in mental health nursing works and what to expect? Explore the course details below to find out more.

COURSE STRUCTURE
The Master of Mental Health Nursing is comprised of 12 units. 11 core units and one unit from a choice of two.

The first eight units make up the Graduate Diploma and these are delivered via our Be Different platform. The final four units are research-based and are delivered via our traditional learning platforms. This means that you will have structured assessments and specific term dates to follow when you complete them.

The units within the Master are six credit points. Each unit is designed to require a time commitment of a total of 144 hours. If you study at a typical university term full-time rate of four units over a six-month duration, you will complete the course within 18 months. However, you will have up to five years from enrolment to complete the Master of Mental Health Nursing.

After enrolling, you’ll have access to the first four units, and you can work through these in any order. After you complete these, you will have access to the next four units. We offer these units in this way to ensure you gain the foundation knowledge that later units draw from. The final four units of the Masters will become available once you have completed the first eight units and our course team will work with you closely as you transition from Be Different to using our traditional learning platforms and study timelines.

ASSESSMENTS

Assessment in the mental health nursing courses ranges from portfolio, online quizzes, case studies, videoed presentations, reports and essay with all being based around your mental health nursing practice – the difference is there are no deadlines or due dates.  Additional activities are available for those who wish to explore topics further, however, are not mandatory.

The final four units within the Masters of Mental Health Nursing are heavily research-based and involve literature reviews, reports, practical assessments, a research proposal and research project. These four final units are delivered via our traditional learning platforms, so you will have structured assessments and specific term dates to follow.

UNIT INFORMATION
The Master of Mental Health Nursing is made up of 12 units with a nested Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, structured as follows:

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing
Consists of the following four core units:
NURS20151 Creating Meaningful Relationships
NURS20150 Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice
NURS20157 Mental Health Nursing Assessment and Formulation
NURS20158 Clinical Foundations for Practice

Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing
Consists of the four units above plus three core units and one elective unit:
Core Units:
NURS20153 Recovery Into Action
NURS20149 Mental Health Promotion in Mental Health Nursing
NURS20152 Advanced Therapeutic Interventions
One elective from the below two options:
NURS20178 Alcohol and Other Drugs
NURS20154 The Transformative Power of Story

Masters of Mental Health Nursing
Consists of eight of the above units plus the following four core units:
NURS20167 Literature Review in Nursing
NURS20168 Research Methods in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
NURS20173 Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 1
NURS20174 Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 2

The first eight units are delivered via our flexible online Be Different platform and do not follow the traditional university terms. The four final units are heavily research-based and are offered via our traditional learning platforms, so you will be required to follow assessment and term timelines.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2020Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
Term 3 - 2020Available Online
Term 3 - 2021Available Online


The first eight units of this course are delivered via our Be Different platform. When you study via our flexible online Be Different learning platform, not only will you study high-quality course content delivered by supportive mental health nursing educators, but you also get to set the pace. This means that you choose when you submit your assessments and complete the unit requirements, you are not required to follow our traditional term dates, such as Term 1 (March) or Term 2 (July). The final four units are heavily research-based and are offered via our traditional learning platforms, so for these four units, you will be required to follow assessment and term timelines.

The course is open for applications all year round so you can start your studies anytime.

Once enrolled, you will have up to five years to complete this course.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

Students must hold current registration as a Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). Students must be currently employed in a setting which requires the use of mental health nursing skills. 

Security Requirements

NA

Health Requirements

NA

Assumed Knowledge

NA

The Master of Mental Health Nursing provides Registered Nurses with a mental health 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 mental health nursing 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.

Provisional Accreditation with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

The cost of CQUniversity's mental health nursing courses are as follows:

  • Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing: the full cost is $5664. Individual units are priced at $1416 per unit.
  • Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing: the full cost is $11328. Individual units are priced at $1416 per unit.
  • Master of Mental Health Nursing: the full cost is $23088. The first eight units are priced at $1416 per unit while the final four units are $2940 per unit.

Don’t want to pay your tuition fees upfront? You might be eligible for FEE-HELP, a 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.

To find out more about FEE-HELP view the FEE-HELP information booklet available on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Please note that from 1 January 2020, the Australian Government introduced a combined HELP loan limit which caps the amount you can borrow. This loan limit includes any HECS-HELP debt incurred from 2020 onwards plus any existing and new FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans. Learn more about the HELP loan limit and how it affects you.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

Tertiary Admission Centre codes are not applicable for this course.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING AT CQUNI
Uniquely flexible, clinically relevant, and designed to help you help others, our suite of postgraduate mental health nursing courses is ideal for registered nurses seeking a path to become a credentialed Mental Health Nurse or wanting to learn mental health nursing skills. Our mental health nursing courses are designed for self-motivated and independent learners and provide all the support you need with a great CQUni mental health team who can help you along the way.

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is the ideal taster for what’s to come in your mental health nursing studies and you’ll also become familiar with our Be Different learning platform. You’ll develop foundation knowledge and skills in mental health nursing, so it’s a great place to start if you have an interest in mental health nursing or you are newly employed in mental health. If you're interested in practising as a qualified Mental Health Nurse then the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing is nationally accredited by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing and ideal for you. You will graduate from this course with specialist mental health nurse skills and knowledge and can later apply to become a credentialed mental health nurse through the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, provided you meet the other requirements. With our Master of Mental Health Nursing, you will develop your research capabilities and have opportunities that prepare you to become a leader in advancing the discipline through scientific inquiry.

Through our suite of mental health nursing courses, you will gain clinically relevant mental health knowledge and skills that you can apply in the clinical setting to support people affected by mental health issues. Analyse historical, traditional and contemporary mental health discourses and build on your communication and therapeutic skills to help you support a consumer's recovery journey. Devise strategies to implement the principles of recovery-oriented mental health nursing practice and explore methods to remove barriers to ensure culturally safe and inclusive mental health care with reference to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people. Study the mental health promotion strategies that build resilience and prevent or reduce the impact of mental health issues and explore obstacles to social inclusion for those with mental health issues and discover strategies to reduce these.

BE DIFFERENT
Ideal for the busy, self-motivated learner, our mental health courses are hosted entirely online and structured so that you can choose when you study. They’re designed for you to access course content on any device with internet access.

Unit content is divided into modules which are then broken down into smaller bite-sized learning activities so you’re able to fit study around your commitments and lifestyle. Complete modules on the bus, during your lunch hour, or in the doctor’s waiting room.

With no need to buy textbooks or additional content, and everything you need available on the Be Different platform and internet, you can be completing your mental health nursing course anywhere.

APPLY NOW
This course is open for applications all year round and you can start your studies anytime.

1. Register on the Be Different platform
Visit our Be Different platform and register.

Optional Orientation Unit
Once registered, you can explore the platform and complete an Optional Mental Health Nursing Orientation Unit. This orientation unit is a great taster unit and will give you a feel for the course and the learning platform – it’s a good way to assess whether it’s the right fit, for you.

3. Complete your application
If you are keen to get started you can skip the orientation unit. Follow the prompts in the Be Different platform to apply, or use the apply button below.

AFTER YOU APPLY
Once you have submitted your application, our admissions team will be in touch within 48 hours to confirm they’ve received your application. They'll also keep you updated as they check you meet the entry requirements and progress your application. Provided you meet the entry requirements you’ll be directed to our payment portal. Once you’ve completed the required payment details, you’ll gain instant access to your units and be able to start – it’s that easy.

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