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Master of Clinical Nursing

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
External Studies
1CM033
1CM533
Course Duration
Full-time
1.5 year/s
Part-time
3 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

MCN

Award
Master of Clinical Nursing
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

This course is designed to enable registered nurses to build upon their clinical knowledge and experience and be prepared for advanced practice and leadership roles. The course is embedded in a strong evidence base and offers you professional and clinical skill enhancement along with development of strong research and leadership skills.

Within the program you can choose to focus on selected clinical nursing specialties including; acute care, cancer, chronic conditions, emergency, intensive care, mental health, orthopaedics, paediatrics, perioperative and renal.

You will be an informed leader on healthcare issues emphasising cross cultural practice while building on your research, ethical, political and reflective skills.

All applicants must select a preferred clinical speciality from the list of options available.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold current registration as a registered nurse or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All applicants must have a minimum 0.6 FTE employment in the clinical specialty for which they are applying. Applicants must provide details of their professional responsibilities as part of the online application through SATAC.

Domestic applications

All applications for this course are submitted through SATAC.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Tuition Fee and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to apply for leadership roles in a variety of health and educational settings.


  • Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    Credit transfer

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campus notes

    External: this course is available online through distance education with some on-campus attendance requirements.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

This course consists of core units, specialty sequences, and project units. The final project is individually negotiated to allow students to explore in depth an area of professional interest.

Both the content and the assessment strategies used in the program ensure that students are able to build on their clinical experience and professional practice. The emphasis of the program is on clinical practice: practice development and clinical leadership. Within each of the sequences students will have the opportunity to enhance their own performance in the work place and initiate projects aimed at practice improvement. Graduates from this program will be recognised as leaders in their chosen field.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 120 credit points as detailed below.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Core Units
(10 units)
**100
Compulsory Core units totalling 100 credit points as detailed below.

HEA541 Culture in Practice (recoded from HEA401 2016)
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence (recoded from HEA402 2016)
HEA562 Practice Evaluation Strategies (recoded from HEA409 2016)
HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1 (recoded from HEA420 2016)
HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2 (recoded from HEA440 2016)
HEA565 Clinical Specialisation 3 (recoded from HEA450 2016)
HEA610 Master's Project (10cp) x 2 (repeatable unit) (recoded from HEA501 2016)
PHM526 Research Design
HEA567 Pharmacology for Health Professionals (recoded from SNP402 2016)
 

Specialist Elective
(1-2 units)
10-20

Units totalling **10 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

PAEDIATRIC NURSING SEQUENCE

Students in this sequence must adhere to the study plan and complete:
HEA551 Child and Family Health Practice 1 (recoded from HEA441 2016)

ACUTE, CANCER, CHRONIC, EMERGENCY, INTENSIVE CARE, MENTAL HEALTH, ORTHOPAEDICS AND PERIOPERATIVE SEQUENCE

Students in this sequence must adhere to the study plan and complete:
HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context (recoded from HEA408 2016)

RENAL

Students in this sequence must adhere to the study plan and complete the 2 units below: 

HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context (recoded from HEA408 2016)
HEA568 Transplantation (recoded from SNP408 2016)
 

Electives
(0-1 unit)
0-10
Students are able to select units up to 10 credit points selected from any 400-500 level units that Charles Darwin University offers.

Students undertaking the Renal sequence will not be able to undertake an elective and must complete the two specialist electives listed.
 

 
**120
Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Unit Code Changes - 2016

Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
HEA401 HEA541 Culture in Practice
HEA402 HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence
HEA441 HEA551 Child and Family Health Knowledge Practice 1
HEA408 HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context
HEA409 HEA562 Practice Evaluation Strategies
HEA420 HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1
HEA440 HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2
HEA450 HEA565 Clinical Specialisation 3
SNP402 HEA567 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
SNP408 HEA568 Transplantation
HEA501 HEA610 Master's Project

Course Changes & Transitional Arrangements for 2015

 ** For some Clinical Nursing speciality streams this unit may be completed through credit transfer from cross-institutional enrolment.

Clinical Nursing specialty streams available include:

Acute Care (cross-institutional enrolment required)
Cancer (cross-institutional enrolment required)
Chronic Disease
Emergency (cross-institutional enrolment required)
Intensive care (cross-institutional enrolment required)
Mental Health
Orthopaedics
Paediatrics (cross-institutional enrolment required)
Perioperative
Renal

RENAL

Students in this sequence must adhere to the study plan and complete the 2 units below:

HEA408 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context
SNP408 Transplantation

Students who have completed HEA408 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context will receive 10cp towards either specialist elective or elective (depending on stream) if transferring from the MNUR program.

From 2015 HEA420, HEA440 and HEA450 have five (5) more streams added – emergency, intensive care, paediatrics, mental health and orthopaedics.

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. As study plans vary depending on the Specialist Sequence and Clinical Nursing specialty being undertaken students should refer to the specific study plan prepared for their area of speciality.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

ACUTE, CANCER, CHRONIC, EMERGENCY, INTENSIVE CARE, MENTAL HEALTH, ORTHOPAEDICS AND PERIOPERATIVE
FULL TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies  CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
PHM526 Research Design CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
Year 2
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO    
HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2 CO    
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO    
Elective E    

ACUTE, CANCER, CHRONIC, EMERGENCY, INTENSIVE CARE, MENTAL HEALTH, ORTHOPAEDICS AND PERIOPERATIVE
PART TIME STUDY PLAN

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
Year 2   
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
PHM526 Research Design CO HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
Year 3
HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2  CO
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO Elective E

RENAL FULL TIME STUDY PLAN 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1  CO
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies  CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
PHM526 Research Design CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
Year 2
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO    
HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2 CO    
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO    
HEA568 (recoded from SNP408) Transplantation  SE    

RENAL PART TIME

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1  CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
Year 2
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies  CO HEA568 (recoded from SNP408) Transplantation SE
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
Year 3
PHM526 Research Design CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2  CO
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO

PAEDIATRICS FULL TIME STUDY PLAN
 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health, Knowledge and Practice SE HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals   CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1  CO
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies  CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
PHM526 Research Design CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
Year 2
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO    
HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2 CO    
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO    
Elective E    

PAEDIATRICS PART TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health, Knowledge and Practice1 SE HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
Year 2
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
PHM526 Research Design CO HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
Year 3
HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2 CO
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO Elective E

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study P
lans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. As study plans vary depending on the Specialist Sequence and Clinical Nursing specialty being undertaken students should refer to the specific study plan prepared for their area of speciality.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

ACUTE, CANCER, CHRONIC, EMERGENCY, INTENSIVE CARE, MENTAL HEALTH, ORTHOPAEDICS AND PERIOPERATIVE

FULL TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
    HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
    HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
Year 2
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2 CO
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
PHM526 Research Design CO Elective E

ACUTE, CANCER, CHRONIC, EMERGENCY, INTENSIVE CARE, MENTAL HEALTH, ORTHOPAEDICS AND PERIOPERATIVE

PART TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
Year 2   
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
Year 3
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
PHM526 Research Design CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
Year 4
HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2 CO    
Elective E    

 RENAL FULL TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
    HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
    HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
Year 2
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2 CO
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
PHM526 Research Design CO HEA568 (recoded from SNP408) Transplantation SE

RENAL PART TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1  CO
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
Year 2
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
Year 3
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO HEA568 (recoded from SNP408) Transplantation SE
Year 4
HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2  CO    
PHM526 Research Design CO    

PAEDIATRICS FULL TIME STUDY PLAN 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
    HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
    HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
Year 2
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health, Knowledge and Practice SE HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2 CO
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
PHM526 Research Design CO Elective E


PAEDIATRICS PART TIME STUDY PLAN
 
 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
Year 2
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health, Knowledge and Practice SE HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
Year 3
HEA562 (recoded from HEA409) Practice Evaluation Strategies  CO HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 1 CO
PHM526 Research Design CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
Year 4
HEA610 (recoded from HEA501) Master's Project 2 CO    
Elective E    

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