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.
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.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, 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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 3CM143 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Additional Entry RequirementsWithin ten days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/mastnurssci/application.html 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.SATAC Code: 3CM143
CRICOS 022523B Intake February
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7 TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27 Pearson Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65 C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185 Additional English Tests accepted Occupational English Test (OET) - A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Nursing Science or equivalent plus 2 years post-registration nursing experience in a chosen specialty.
Additional Entry RequirementsWithin ten days of submitting a formal application, candidates must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/mastnurssci/application.html
Please note that information regarding an applicant's employment history detailed in their Curriculum Vitae should include the following:
* Positions held, including time periods of appointment, the official name of the positions and if the positions were full-time or part-time
* Details of the responsibilities and duties within those roles
* Any specific training undertaken in the specialty to support the application
Application information for international students Important application deadlines for international students
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $3,950
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $33,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Nurse Researcher, Specialist Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist
The program is structured in two stages:
Students must complete the courses as outlined under the study plan to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing).
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 PlanThis 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 Year1 S1 Interpretive and Critical Research in Health Research Literacy S2 International Issues in Nursing Service Delivery Leadership and Management in Nursing Year2 S1 Research Part I Research Part II S2 Research Part III Research Part IV
May include essays, case studies, discussion board participation, presentations, poster presentations, critiques, portfolios and exams.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 2 Mar 2021