Master of Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing)

Be a leader in acute care

Nurses are an integral part of society. They are problem-solvers and pillars of strength. Through scholarship and leadership, nurses can challenge, reform, improve and enrich healthcare now and into the future. 

This advanced degree is suited to nurses currently practising in medical, surgical and high acuity areas who want to pursue leadership or research roles.

What will you do?

Our Master of Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing) offers a comprehensive grounding in research methods and critical analysis. You will: 

  • build management and clinical enquiry skills
  • gain hands-on experience in simulations and skills laboratories
  • partner with an expert in your field of study who’ll support and encourage your academic development
  • undertake a 12 unit research project, or conduct a systematic review (9 units).

If you want to continue to further PhD study, you’ll complete 12 units of research. An exit path for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing) will be available after the first year.

Note: International students on a student visa are required to study on campus in Adelaide.

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.

 

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 3CM143
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
All applicants must upload the following documents as part of the SATAC application:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Current AHPRA registration certificate
Higher Education Study A completed Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science or equivalent and at least two years post registration nursing experience in the field of the specialisation to be undertaken.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM143

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

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 program prepares students to undertake senior roles as Registered Nurses in the area of specialisation.

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

Potential careers

Nurse Researcher, Specialist Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Degree Structure

The program is structured in two stages:

Stage 1

Students must complete the courses as outlined under the study plan to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing).

Stage 2

With an additional one year of fulltime study, students can complete this program by Research or Coursework.

Academic Program Rules

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

 

Example Study Plan

This indicative study plan depicts the traditional pathway of a part-time domestic student through the Master of Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing) undertaking the research pathway. Please refer to Course Selection Proforma for a full list of courses.

Indicative study plan
Year1S1 Interpretive and Critical Research in Health Research Literacy
S2 International Issues in Nursing Service Delivery Leadership and Management in Nursing
Year2S1 Research Part I Research Part II
S2 Research Part III Research Part IV

Assessment

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

Testimonial

The healthcare industry is continuously evolving with new advancements to meet higher demands and complex care needs. After working as a full-time nurse in a cardiothoracic intensive care unit, I felt the need to upgrade my skills so that I could deliver the best patient care possible.

The Master of Nursing Science strengthened my nursing foundation and developed my advanced nursing expertise. Added to this the research component of the degree, further sharpened my analytical skills. I now feel fully prepared to engage in advanced and complex nursing practices.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021