Over the past six months, CDU’s College of Nursing and Midwifery has been working towards a collaboration with the Institute of Health and Management across multiple areas, enabling direct pathways to higher education for international students seeking a Master qualification.
As part of the collaboration, the College’s newly created Master of Nursing Studies (International) course has been recognised by IHM as a pathway from its Graduate Diploma of Nursing.
“From Semester One, 2020, students graduating from IHM can articulate to the MNST, with credit for their completed studies,” Associate Dean Learning Futures & Strategic Engagement, Associate Professor Mel Underwood says.
Currently, this is available for students studying in Sydney or Darwin but will expand to availability in Melbourne and online for offshore students.
“Our agreement with IHM has extended to negotiated use of clinical laboratory facilities in both Perth and Melbourne, to offer additional locations and opportunities for undergraduate nursing students to undertake clinical training. These locations are currently being accredited and will likely be available from May 2020.”
Associate Professor Underwood says the Master of Nursing Studies course is designed to extend knowledge gained through nursing clinical practice, develop beginning research skills and advance discipline specific theoretical knowledge.
“Students will be nurses in their country of origin and have clinical experience to apply this learning to contexts specific to their area of practice,” she says.
But Associate Professor Underwood says there are plans for additional future collaborations, including research, adjunct appointments and pathways to Bachelor degrees.
“We look forward to a range of future collaborations with IHM in the area of research and education.”