Postgraduate (PG) Nursing & Child and Family Health (CFH)

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The School of Health offers high quality postgraduate nursing programs across responsive to industry and regional needs.

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)arrow

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is a practice-focused course designed to enable advanced practice Registered Nurses to incorporate high-level knowledge and skills into extended practice in a variety of complex situations; to enhance their professional efficacy, autonomy and accountability; and to develop clinical leadership in professional health practice.

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2 years part-time (external)Master of Health Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is a practice-focused course designed to enable advanced practice Registered Nurses to incorporate high-level knowledge and skills into extended practice in a variety of complex situations; to enhance their professional efficacy, autonomy and accountability; and to develop clinical leadership in professional health practice. A distinguishing feature is the focus on addressing gaps in service within urban, remote and Indigenous health contexts.

With the support of their employer and mentorship from a multidisciplinary team of clinical experts, Nurse Practitioner candidates extend their existing specialty postgraduate knowledge and skills in preparation for practice beyond the scope of a Registered Nurse within the unique setting of cross-cultural clinical practice.

Admission requirements for the MNNP are:

  • current registration as a RN with AHPRA
  • a Graduate Diploma or equivalent in your nursing specialty
  • a minimum of 5 years FTE experience as a RN including:
    • a minimum of 3 years clinical practice as an RN in your specialty area and
    • a minimum of 1 year FTE at advanced practice level in the relevant speciality area of practice
  • a CV demonstrating active involvement in professional organisations and contribution to the ongoing development of the profession
  • written confirmation of employer support to undertake the extended practice components of the course, including providing appropriate clinical mentorship.

Application is through SATAC GradStart.  In addition to application through SATAC, all applicants must submit an MNNP Application and Health Service Support Agreement and MNNP Clinical Mentor Nomination along with their current CV to admissions@cdu.edu.au

Information on the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia requirements for authorisation as a NP can be found on the NMBA website.

Information for employers about clinical education and mentoring, and professional supervision, is available here: Information for clinical employers and MNNP Application and Health Service Support Agreement.

Information for clinical mentors on criteria for clinical mentors, the MNNP course and clinical assessments, and being a clinical mentor is available here: MNNP Clinical Mentor Nomination and MNNP Clinical Mentor/Support NP Handbook.

Recommended study plan and information on applying for credit transfer are available here: MNNP Recommended Study Plan.

More information on the MNNP can be found on the CDU course web pages:
Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
or in our Frequently Asked Questions: Nurse Practitioner

This course has been submitted for approval as leading to authorisation as a Nurse Practitioner by the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia.

Master of Clinical Nursingarrow

The Master of Clinical Nursing (pdf 118KB) is designed to enable registered nurses to increase their clinical knowledge.

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1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time (external)Master of Nursing

The Master of Clinical Nursing (pdf 118KB) is designed to enable registered nurses to increase their clinical knowledge and competence, to develop skills in professional leadership. It is grounded in culturally respectful evidence-based practice. Graduates will have the capacity to undertake leadership positions in variety of clinical and educational settings. Within the program students can choose to study sequences in selected clinical nursing specialties, clinical education and/or management.

This course consists of core units, speciality sequences, and project units. In addition to the core units, students can choose a sequence in clinical nursing. Clinical nursing specialisations include:

Recommended study plans and information on applying for credit transfer are available here: Recommended Study Plans booklet (PDF 612kb)

More information can be found under CDU course pages: Master of Nursing or in our Frequently Asked Questions: MNUR.

Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health (and placements)arrow

The Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health (pdf 221KB) will assist students in providing support to new parents.

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1 year full-time, 2 years part-time (external with intensives in some units)Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health

The Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health (pdf 221KB) will assist students in providing support to new parents. In addition to the traditional knowledge and skills around growth monitoring and developmental assessments, graduates of this course will understand the importance of psychosocial assessment and support. It will strengthen the practitioner's role in promoting links with other services and prepare them to work in partnership with families in a strengths based model as opposed to the traditional problem-oriented models, commonly found in health services.

More information can be found under CDU's course pages: Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health are required to undertake an authorised block of time at a clinical setting for structured clinical experience as part of specific units in the course.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursingarrow

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (pdf 197KB) consists of core units and special electives. Both the content and the assessment strategies used in the course ensure that students are able to develop their clinical experience and professional practice.

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6 months full-time, 1 year part-time (external)

This course consists of core units and special electives. Both the content and the assessment strategies used in the course ensure that students are able to develop their clinical experience and professional practice. The emphasis of the program is cross-cultural clinical practice: building competence, increasing specialty knowledge, applying culturally appropriate clinical skills, teaching and managing in the clinical setting.

More information can be found under CDU's course pages: Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing or in our Frequently Asked Questions: GCCN (pdf KB). Except obviously change it to Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.

Students wishing to further their studies may articulate into a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing (pdf 164KB) and/or Master of Clinical Nursing (pdf 118KB) programs.

Please note: This course is under review for 2015. Detailed course requirements and study information may be updated or amended up to 1 November 2014. Please refer to the finalised course information published after this date. 2015 unit offering and fee information will be available from 1 October 2014.

 A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

Unit typeCredit pointsSpecific requirements
Core units (4 units)40

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below:
HEA402 Informing Practice with Evidence
HEA408 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context
HEA420 Clinical Specialisation 1
HEA440 Clinical Specialisation 2

 40Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013

The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Clinical Nursing specialty streams available in 2015 include:

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursingarrow

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing (pdf 164KB) provides graduates with comprehensive specialist nursing knowledge.

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1 year full-time, 2 years part-time (external)Graduate Diploma in Nursing

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing (pdf 164KB) provides graduates with comprehensive specialist nursing knowledge to better meet the demands of their workplace, as well as build their capacity to move onto further study and into research. It offers students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in clinical practice, clinical education or clinical management.

The course focuses on cultural awareness in the health practice context, and builds on existing knowledge and understanding of nursing practice, assessment and evidence based practice. In the increasing complex and challenging world of health practice this course provides the opportunity for individuals to extend clinical development and intellectual engagement, and build their capacity in critical analysis and reflection, in nursing practice and education.

This course consists of core units and speciality sequences. In addition to the core evidence-based practice, health assessment, culture in practice, and clinical specialisation units, students can choose a sequence in clinical nursing. Clinical nursing specialisations include:

Recommended study plans and information on applying for credit transfer are available here: Recommended Study Plans booklet (PDF 414kb)

More information can be found under CDU's course pages: Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing or in our Frequently Asked Questions: GDNUR (pdf 142KB).

Download Important academic dates for 2015

Master of Health Practice (Nurse Practitioner) intensives
HEA513 Advanced Client Assessment
Semester 1, 2015
23 - 27 March 2015 Location: Centre of Remote Health, Alice Springs
HEA514 Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decission Making
Semester 1, 2015
09 - 13 March 2015 Location: Centre of Remote Health, Alice Springs
Graduate Diploma in Nursing and Master of Nursing intensives
None

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Graduate Diploma Child and Family Health intensives
HEA443: Child and Family Health Specialty Clinical Practice (compulsory) 2 - 6 March, 2015 commencing at 8:30am Location: CDU Casuarina campus, Yellow 1.1.20

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Clinical requirements for CDU Postgraduate Nursing programs

The CDU postgraduate nursing programs, including Graduate Diploma in Nursing, Master of Nursing and Master of Health Practice (Nurse Practitioner) integrate theory with practical learning. Students are assisted to consolidate the knowledge that they have gained in a range of settings, for example university based intensive blocks, work-based clinical placements, supernumerary clinical placements and employed model study/work programs.

All students must be working at least 0.6 FTE in a clinical setting in which they can achieve the required clinical competencies, for example, comprehensive client assessment (all streams), haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis (renal stream), ventilation and haemodynamic monitoring (ICU and ED) and cognitive behavioural therapy (mental health). It is essential that the chosen clinical venue can provide appropriate clinical supervision, support and feedback as well as the required range of clinical experiences.

More information about Graduate Diploma and Master of Nursing clinical placements.

More information about Master of Health Practice (Nurse Practitioner) clinical placements.