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I52 Master of Clinical Nursing

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This program is designed to allow nurse clinicians to enhance their individual specialty knowledge and competence whilst working in their selected area of specialisation. Theoretical and practical knowledge will be augmented by a substantial clinical project to enable the development of advanced critical thinking and project writing skills. The program encourages innovative evidence-based practice that will ultimately lead to improved nursing practice. Specialty fields include the following:

  • Advanced Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing – Coronary Care/Cardiothoracic Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing - High Dependency
  • Critical Care Nursing - Intensive Care 
  • Critical Care Nursing - Paediatric Intensive Care
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Emergency Nursing 
  • Gerontological Nursing 
  • Nephrology Nursing 
  • Neuroscience Nursing 
  • Oncology Nursing 
  • Orthopaedic Nursing 
  • Palliative Care Nursing 
  • Perioperative Nursing 



Standard Postgraduate entry requirements apply.




All Registered Nurses who possess a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent may enrol in the Master of Clinical Nursing program with multiple exit points at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master level. Registered Nurses with a hospital based Diploma working in the specialty will be considered at the discretion of the course coordinator.


The course requires that students work in an approved specialty area of their choice.


Students who have less than 12 months relevant specialty experience will be considered at the discretion of the course coordinator. 


Students must be working in their area of specialty for a minimum of 18 hours per week whilst undertaking this course.


A letter of support is required from the prospective student's employer.


Each student must provide a letter from a more experienced colleague (usually a Staff Development Nurse or Clinical Nurse) from their workplace expressing willingness to act as the student's clinical supervisor for the duration of the course.

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - Online.

Students will complete a total of 180 credit points (nine units). Students may choose from the following selected fields of study or negotiate other specialty fields with the course coordinator.

SPAAJPCritical Care Nursing - Coronary Care / Cardiothoracic Area of Specialisation
SPAAJRCritical Care Nursing - High Dependency Area of Specialisation
SPAAJOCritical Care Nursing - Intensive Care Area of Specialisation
SPAAJQCritical Care Nursing - Paediatric Intensive Care Area of Specialisation
SPAAJYAdvanced Nursing Area of Specialisation
SPAAJMChronic Disease Management Area of Specialisation
SPAAJSEmergency Nursing Area of Specialisation
SPAAEOGerontological Nursing Area of Specialisation
SPAAJXNephrology Nursing Area of Specialisation
SPAAJTNeuroscience Nursing Area of Specialisation
SPAAJUOncology Nursing Area of Specialisation
SPAAJVOrthopaedic Nursing Area of Specialisation
SPAAETPalliative Care Nursing Area of Specialisation
SPAAJWPerioperative Nursing Area of Specialisation

Electives for Other Selected Areas of Study:

Students should consult the Course Coordinator for a list of approved electives.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2014 VET: 14/05/2014