Master of Clinical Nursing

Flexibility and challenge  

Nurses are highly respected members of the community. They help treat patients in all sorts of health care settings and touch lives with empathy, compassion and humour.

Our Master of Clinical Nursing offers you an intensive two-year path to a rewarding career as a registered nurse.

What will you do?

This intensive degree cultivates the professional knowledge, skills and confidence needed to make a difference every day. You will:

  • benefit from small group learning and diverse student cohorts
  • develop hands-on skills in high-tech simulation settings
  • study anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • gain a keen understanding of professional standards and ethics
  • undertake clinical placements in hospital and community settings.

Where could it take you?

You’ll emerge with an advanced professional qualification recognised Australia-wide. You could assist in operating theatres, emergency wards, and a multitude of other health care environments. You might pursue hospital roles in acute care, aged care or mental health. Perhaps you’ll work in rural communities or with aid organisations.



Note:
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  if you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.


  • Adelaide Nursing School ranked 39th in the world*
  • 16% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Become a registered nurse in two years

*QS World University Rankings by subject, 2020
^Imip.gov.au Occupation projection

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM131
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Prerequisites University Level 1 Human Biology/Anatomy In addition, all applicants are required to meet the English Language skills Registration Standard as outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) at https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/. All Domestic applicants will need to submit an English Language Declaration to demonstrate that they meet the standard. All applicants must demonstrate their English Language competency in one of the following ways: PRIMARY LANGUAGE PATHWAY: a. English is their primary language; and b. 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. OR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST PATHWAY Please note that meeting the English language requirements for entry to a nursing program does not guarantee that students will meet the NMBA's nursing registration requirements once they have completed their program.
Additional Entry Requirements
A pre-requisite of entry into the Master of Clinical Nursing program is the successful completion of a Human Biology/Anatomy (Level 1) University course. Applicants who have not previously completed a program of studies that included human anatomy or biology will be required to complete an equivalent course prior to consideration of any application for entry. The following is an example of a suitable equivalent: Human Biology course (Monash University). Applicants should ensure that the course is focussed on human anatomy from a body systems level and not a cellular level (ie respiratory, cardiac, musculoskeletal systems etc). It is strongly recommended that you contact the Master of Clinical Nursing Program Coordinator prior to enrolling in and paying for a pre requisite course to ensure it meets the requirements. To do so please submit the course outline to the Adelaide Nursing School, The University of Adelaide. For more information please phone Ask Adelaide +61 (0)8 8313 5208 or askhealthsc@adelaide.edu.au.
Higher Education Study Successful completion of a Bachelors degree or equivalent with at least a pass average in a field other than Nursing. The Master of Clinical Nursing is not available to applicants who hold a degree in Nursing. A pre-requisite of entry into the Master of Clinical Nursing program is the successful completion of a Human Biology/Anatomy (Level 1) University course. Applicants who have not previously completed a program of studies that included human anatomy or biology will be required to complete an equivalent course prior to consideration of any application for entry. The following is an example of a suitable equivalent: Human Biology course (Monash University). Applicants should ensure that the course is focussed on human anatomy from a body systems level and not a cellular level (ie respiratory, cardiac, musculoskeletal systems etc). It is strongly recommended that you contact the Master of Clinical Nursing Program Coordinator prior to enrolling in and paying for a pre requisite course to ensure it meets the requirements. To do so please submit the course outline to the Adelaide Nursing School, The University of Adelaide. For more information please phone Ask Adelaide +61 (0)8 8313 5208 or askhealthsc@adelaide.edu.au.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM131

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $4,300

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

This degree provides a professional qualification, which is recognised for registration as a Registered Nurse in all other Australian states.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

Throughout the degree, students will work in the clinical area as members of the health care team. Clinical placements may be undertaken in both metropolitan and rural, public and private health care settings.

In preparation for clinical placements, students are required to have the appropriate level of immunisation, tuberculosis (TB) screening and criminal history checks (CHC). Students without valid immunisation history, TB screening notifications and CHC will not be allowed to attend placement.

Placements are compulsory for successful completion of the program. All costs associated are the responsibility of the student.

To find out more, visit the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences website.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Clinical Nursing is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) is responsible for student registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. It is completed upon enrolment in the program. There is no fee involved.

In order to be able to register as a Registered Nurse with AHPRA, all applicants must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia English language registration standard. 

Potential careers

Registered Nurse, Nurse

Degree Structure

The Master of Clinical Nursing is structured over two years of full-time study to provide in-depth theory and clinical placements in hospital and community settings.

The first year provides foundational, theoretical and professional concepts, and fundamental knowledge and skills of nursing practice. Contemporary nursing care is introduced in a variety of health care contexts. The second year of the degree advances professional and contemporary knowledge and skills moving to more complex health problems.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan - Full Time
Year1 S1 NURSING 7200 Nursing Science NURSING 7201 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice NURSING 7203 Introducing Professional Nursing NURSING 7204 Clinical Nursing Practice I
S2 NURSING 7208  Aboriginal People and Health Care NURSING 7202 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice II NURSING 7209 Contexts of Nursing Practice NURSING 7205 Clinical Nursing Practice II
Year2 S1 NURSING 7210 Applied Nursing Practice I NURSING 7206 Clinical Nursing Practice III

NURSING 7216
Research Methods for Health

S2 NURSING 7213 Applied Nursing Practice II NURSING 7207 Clinical Nursing Practice IV NURSING 7217 
Concepts of Leadership and Management in Nursing

Assessment

May include essays, case studies, discussion board participation, presentations, poster presentations, critiques, portfolios and both written and clinical exams.

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Testimonial

On first placement I needed to use my training and the University's simulations to assist a stoke patient, I was confident in my abilities and the patient survived.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021