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Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration)


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Course Duration
2 year/s
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Semester 1
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Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration)
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Area of study
Health and Medicine

The Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration) is a professionally accredited course that meets the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) qualification criterion for registration as a Division 1 nurse in Australia.

Course content promotes critical thinking, sound clinical reasoning, comprehensive health assessment skills and patient centred 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.

You will complete supervised clinical placements (800 hours minimum) 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 full time, rotating shift basis across a seven-day week roster, including night shifts, weekends and public holidays.

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 at NMBA Student Registration.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in public and private health settings and specialty areas such as mental health, community health, acute and chronic care.

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 & 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

  • This course is being accredited for delivery in 2021.

  • 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: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

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

Detailed course requirements and study information will be published as soon as it becomes available.

  • 2021 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2020.
  • 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
(15 units)
160cp Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below:

NUR530 Science for Nursing Practice
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
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

Detailed course requirements and study information will be published as soon as it becomes available.


Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2021: Information about fees and charges for 2021 are not yet available however will be published prior to 1 December 2020.

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