Master of Nursing Science (Orthopaedic Nursing)

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  • Duration

    2 years full-time
    (or part-time equiv.)
  • Start Dates

    February and July
  • Location

    Teaching Hospitals

Note: this degree is not available to international students

Be a leader in orthopaedic nursing

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 working in orthopaedic nursing who want to pursue leadership or research roles.

What will you do?

Our Master of Nursing Science (Orthopaedic 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 9-units of research either by dissertation or a systematic review project.

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 (Orthopaedic Nursing) will be available after the first year.


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

*These specialisation courses are offered in EVEN years only. Students should enrol into Core Courses in ODD years and the specialisation courses in even years as instructed by the Study Plan.

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 51-100 in the world*
  • 24% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Flexible online study

*QS World University Rankings by subject, 2023
^ Occupation projection

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM136
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Additional Entry Requirements
All applicants must upload the following documents as part of the SATAC application: - Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Current AHPRA registration certificate Additionally, for those applicants who do not have a completed Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science or equivalent, please upload: - Completed Supervisor Certification form - this form can be downloaded and printed from the following link: Please note, the Supervisor Certification form requires the applicant's current Nursing Manager/Director to support their application and verify their employment. For applicants that have a completed Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science or equivalent, they may commence in Stage 2 of the Masters program and are not required to upload the completed Supervisor Certification form.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent; AND
at least two years post registration nursing experience in the field of the specialisation to be undertaken; AND
be registered or eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse in Australia; AND
be employed at a minimum of 0.64FTE in a clinical setting.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 1 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $4,445

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Career Readiness

This program prepares students to undertake senior roles as Registered Nurses in the area of specialisation. Graduates are prepared for careers in senior nursing clinical practice or management, or can begin a career in nursing research.

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

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

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 (Orthopaedic 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 full-time domestic student through the Master of Nursing Science (Orthopaedic Nursing) undertaking the research pathway. Please refer to Course Selection Proforma for a full list of courses.

Indicative study plan
Year1 S1 NURSING 7100 Knowledge Translation NURSING 7141 Orthopaedic Trauma Nursing NURSING 7142 Advanced Orthopaedic Nursing Practice I NURSING 7102 Research Literacy
S2 NURSING 7101 Professional Practice NURSING 7144 Advanced Orthopaedic Nursing Practice II NURSING 7143 Therapeutic Management of the Orthopaedic Patient
Year2 S1 NURSING 7021A Research Part I NURSING 7021B Research Part II NURSING 7030 Undertaking nursing research Exploring Issues in clinical practice
S2 NURSING 7021C Research Part III NURSING 7021D Research Part IV Choose 1 or 2 electives with total value of 6 units from the stage 2 elective courses


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


You will learn about emotional depth and how to support others, it is also an opportunity to reflect on yourself and grow as a person. My favourite aspect of the program has been the opportunity to counsel trained actors as if they are real patients.

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Last updated: Friday, 19 Jan 2024