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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration)

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
CDU Sydney (FF)
1CM613
873323
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM612
873310
Online (FF)
1CM612
873310
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Sydney
103131K
Casuarina campus
103124J
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International on campus
Semester 1
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

SNPPR1

Award
Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration)
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health
Nursing and Midwifery

If you already hold a Bachelor's degree, the Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration) enables you to become a registered nurse in as little as two years.

The Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration) is a professionally-accredited course that qualifies you to register as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) in Australia. It is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

At CDU, you can study a Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration) online or on campus, part-time or full-time. You'll benefit from flexible and supportive study as you pursue a career change, and you'll join our cohort of more than 4,000 nursing students across Australia.

During the course, you'll learn critical thinking, to use sound clinical reasoning, to undertake comprehensive health assessments and how to practice patient-centred care. The focus is on care that is evidence-based and respectful of the diverse contexts, cultures and communities where people live, connect and experience health, well-being, illness and disability.

Studying a Master of Nursing (Pre-Registration) online

CDU is one of the first universities in Australia to deliver nursing degrees online, and we've been offering distance education for more than 30 years.

As an online nursing student, you'll have access to 24/7 technical and academic support, an easy-to-use online learning platform, and be supported with placements and practical training close to your home.

Online study is only available to domestic students (Australian and New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents, and holders of Australian humanitarian visas).

Practical training

To meet the requirements of a Registered Nurse (Division 1), you will complete at least 800 hours of supervised clinical placements across the two years of the course in a variety of health care settings.

Regardless of your study mode or pattern, you are required to complete clinical placement on a fulltime basis, with rotating shifts across a seven-day week. These may include night, weekend and public holiday shifts.

If you're studying online, CDU will arrange placements close to your home.

Reporting obligations

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, CDU is required to register nursing students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and to notify AHPRA if a student has or develops a health impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm. More information available on Student Registration is available on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Master of Nursing (pre-registration) meet the education criterion to apply for registration as a Division 1 Nurse with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Credit transfers and pathways


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

Accreditation

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

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

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

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)

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification.

Additional admission requirements

Nursing students must meet a specific level of English language proficiency before they start in a course.

You can show English language proficiency by:

  • completing a declaration that English is your primary language, or
  • sitting an English language proficiency test.

All applicants are required to meet the English Language Skills Registration Standard as outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) at www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/.

Applicants will be required to submit the following via their application to demonstrate they meet the above standard prior to being included in offer rounds in one of the following ways:

1. PRIMARY LANGUAGE PATHWAY:

A signed English Language Declaration indicating the following:

  1. English is their primary language; and
  2. They have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.

*Recognised countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and USA.

OR

2. ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST PATHWAY

Applicants have achieved and can supply evidence of the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests:

  • IELTS (Academic) Minimum Scores
    Band score of 7.0 in all bands
    (IELTS Indicator test is not accepted)
  • TOEFL Minimum Scores
    Internet-based: total score of 94 with a minimum of 27 in Writing, 23 in Speaking and 24 in Reading and Listening
    (TOEFL Home edition test is not accepted)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) Minimum Scores
    Overall score of 65 AND Skills profile of 65 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
    A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

TOEFL Home edition and IELTS Indicator tests are not accepted for entry to Nursing courses

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either:

  • providing a declaration that English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six (6) years of continuous education that is equivalent to secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.
    (*recognised countries include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America)
  • undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.
IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Test not accepted for this course.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency Test not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall pass of 65 and 65 across all modules (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 94 and a minimum 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking.

* All tests are valid for one year from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Pre-clinical requirements:

Students must provide proof that they have met all university and State/Territory pre-clinical requirements before they can undertake those units that include clinical placements. These requirements include, but are not limited to, immunisation requirements, Senior First Aid qualification, annual criminal record checks and/or working with children clearances and/or fitness-to-practice requirements.

Course structure

This 160-credit point course consists of fifteen core units.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core
(15 units)
160cp Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below:

NUR530 Science for Nursing Practice (simulation block)
NUR531 Indigenous Health and Social Justice
NUR532 Professional Practice
NUR533 Practice Experience 1
NUR534 Primary Health Care
NUR535 Bioscience for Nursing Practice
NUR536 Communication, Health Informatics and Technology
NUR537 Practice Experience 2
NUR538 Mental Health
NUR539 Contemporary Nursing Practice 1 (simulation block)
NUR540 Research for Healthcare Practice
NUR541 Practice Experience 3
NUR542 Contemporary Nursing Practice 2
NUR543 Leadership in Clinical Practice
NUR600 Practice Experience 4 (20 credit points)
 

Total 160cp 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.
 

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time and part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
NUR530 Science for Nursing Practice * CO NUR534 Primary Health Care CO
NUR531 Indigenous Health and Social Justice CO NUR535 Bioscience for Nursing Practice CO
NUR532 Professional Practice CO NUR536 Communication, Health Informatics and Technology CO
NUR533 Practice Experience 1 ** CO NUR537 Practice Experience 2** CO
Year 2
NUR538 Mental Health CO NUR542 Contemporary Nursing practice 2 * CO
NUR539 Contemporary Nursing Practice 1 * CO NUR543 Leadership in Clinical Practice CO
NUR540 Research for Healthcare Practice CO NUR600 Practice Experience 4 (20cp) ** CO
NUR541 Practice Experience 3 ** CO

 * Simulation block: Students are required to attend a 32 hour (4 days) on-campus simulation block as a part of this unit.
 ** Work Integrated Learning: Students are required to attend the clinical placement hours as allocated by CDU Placement Office.

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
NUR530 Science for Nursing Practice * CO NUR534 Primary Health Care CO
NUR531 Indigenous Health and Social Justice CO NUR535 Bioscience for Nursing Practice CO
Year 2
NUR532 Professional Practice CO NUR536 Communication, Health Informatics and Technology CO
NUR533 Practice Experience 1 ** CO NUR537 Practice Experience 2** CO
Year 3
NUR538 Mental Health CO NUR541 Practice Experience 3 ** CO
NUR539 Contemporary Nursing Practice 1 * CO NUR543 Leadership in Clinical Practice CO
Year 4
NUR542 Contemporary Nursing Practice 2 * CO NUR600 Practice Experience 4 (20cp) ** CO
NUR540 Research for Healthcare Practice CO

 * Simulation block: Students are required to attend a 32 hour (4 days) on-campus simulation block as a part of this unit.
 ** Work Integrated Learning: Students are required to attend the clinical placement hours as allocated by CDU Placement Office.

 

Units with Prerequisites Prerequisite
NUR534 Primary Health Care NUR530
NUR535 Bioscience for Nursing Practice NUR530
NUR536 Communication, Health Informatics and Technology NUR532
NUR537 Practice Experience 2 NUR530, NUR533
NUR538 Mental Health NUR537, NUR533, NUR535
NUR539 Contemporary Nursing Practice 1 NUR537, NUR535
NUR540 Research for Healthcare Practice NUR532, NUR356
NUR541 Practice Experience 3 NUR530, NUR533
NUR542 Contemporary Nursing Practice 2 NUR539, NUR541
NUR543 Leadership in Clinical Practice NUR536, NUR540
NUR600 Practice Experience 4 NUR539, NUR538, NUR541

 

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

UAC

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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