MC017 - Master of Nursing

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Plan: MC017P6 - Master of Nursing
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Objectives of the program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Nursing
Award abbreviation: M Nursing
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: Three semesters full time, Six semesters part time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health Sciences (150H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 060301
CRICOS code: 038954C

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Objectives of the program

Successful completion of this program will allow you to:

  1. Critically analyse the impact of ideological and political discourses on the development of Australian health care policies and practices;
  2. Explore the nature and implications of moral and legal accountability, responsibility and liability in professional practice;
  3. Describe critically the models of health education, and the principles of adult learning and health promotion;
  4. Examine critically key ethical and legal issues relevant to professional health care practice in institutional and community-based settings;
  5. Analyse the concept of multiculturalism as applied to Australia with particular reference to the health care system
  6. Discuss the ethical responsibilities of health care researchers;
  7. Examine critically different approaches to health care research;
  8. Examine critically the context within which contemporary health care research is undertaken;
  9. Explore commonalties and differences in the application of various research approaches;
  10. Discuss the ethical responsibilities of health care researchers.


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Articulation and pathways


The table below provide you with information about typical source Programs leading to the MC017, the Master of Nursing.

Source ProgramCredit towards MC017
 TimeAcademic requirement for entryTerms of entry (guaranteed place, merit, etc)Date of agreement & expiry
GC 086, Grad.Cert.
Critical Care
4 Courses
12 months PTBachelor of Nursing + UG researchguaranteedOn enrolment
GC 087 Grad.Cert.
4 Courses
12 months PTBachelor of Nursing + UG researchguaranteedOn enrolment
GD 013 Grad.Dip.
8 Courses
12 months FT or 24 months PTGrad Cert + UG researchguaranteedOn enrolment
GD 158 Grad.Dip.
Mental Health
8 Courses
12 months FT or 24 months PTGrad Cert + UG researchguaranteedOn enrolment
GD 159 Grad.Dip.
Child and Family Health
8  Courses
12 months FT or 24 months PTGrad Cert+ UG researchguaranteedOn enrolment
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Entrance requirements

To be considered for admission into the program you should normally:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing ( BN) degree, or equivalent, from an approved higher education institution;
  • hold a Graduate Diploma (96 cp) or equivalent;
  • be a registered nurse, or be eligible for registration, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • have at least one year nursing  experience within the last five years; and
  • may be required to have successfully completed an undergraduate course in research


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External accreditation and industry links

The professional title Nurse is protected under State and Commonwealth legislation and only graduates of accredited programs can apply for Registration and subsequently use the title 'Nurse'. To practice as a Division 1 Registered Nurse in Australia, you need to complete an undergraduate degree such as RMITs BP032, Bachelor of Nursing, which is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an Entry to Practice program.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia does not generally accredit specialist post-graduate Nursing certificates or diplomas Or Master 's programs such as the MC017 Master of Nursing since these are post   'Entry to Practice" programs.

However, graduates have successfully gained employment in various areas in the  health field such as in hospitals, universities and Public  health centres and are successfully working  in their own countries such as  Africa, Australia, Northern America, Latin America, Middle East and the Far East.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

The library has been purchasing the texts and required resources for the courses in this program.  The Library has an excellent range of electronic resources to support the program, and most of these resources are accessible via the library website allowing access by all students whatever their location.  A range of textbooks and references are available for you to borrow.  In addition, many academics have their notes printed for distribution to off-shore students.  These notes are also available from the RMIT Bookshop at a very affordable cost for local students.


Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT:

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT  and the RMIT Library, and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class or via email.  Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided

The school also has many laboratories, many with specialised equipment in the area of machines, high voltage and power protection, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities, and most of these labs have been upgraded in recent years, to ensure that you have access to modern computers and equipment that you are likely to use in industry.


Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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