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Master of Nursing Science (Orthopaedic Nursing)

Campus Teaching Hospitals

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM136

Advancing Practice. Clinical Impact

This academic plan is designed to provide opportunities for nurses to develop advanced knowledge and specialist skills in orthopaedic nursing.

The Master of Nursing Science (Orthopaedic Nursing) is comprised of seven courses, four of which have an orthopaedic focus. The remaining three compulsory core research literacy, knowledge translation and professional practice are undertaken by all students enrolled in a graduate diploma. These three courses are provided by flexible (external) mode.

The four orthopaedic courses will provide graduates with a rigorous grounding in physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry and therapeutics supporting the prevention, assessment and diagnostic studies of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. This is then applied to the medical and/or surgical management of specific musculoskeletal disorders, therapeutic management of co morbidities, prehabilitation, rehabilitation and discharge planning.

Graduates of this academic plan will be able to care for adult and paediatric patients with both chronic musculoskeletal disorders and conditions or traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, throughout their whole continuum of care. While most of the focus is based within an acute care setting there is discussion on the potential for an increased role of orthopaedic nursing in the community setting.


The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2013


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