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Master of Nursing Online

JCU's online Master of Nursing

Nursing is a diverse and vital profession, yet the demand over the next two decades is expected to outstrip supply.

A Master of Nursing from James Cook University Online can open a number of doors for your nursing career, providing you with the skills to function in roles more effectively.

Meet some of the academics who will guide you through the coursework in the Master of Nursing degree.

You can also read more about our nursing academics here.

Video transcript

Dr Biedermann: Nursing is one of those professions where we are truly blessed. We have such a diversity available to us insofar as our clinical expertise, the areas that we work in.

We're fortunate because we do work across the lifespan and we can impact on all people's lives.

Professor Nagle: Nursing is a wonderful profession because of the diversity of roles that one registration can provide you.

Dr Smithson: Nurses represent the largest health workforce in the country, but we still can't meet the demand - and we know that the demand for nurses in the next 20 to 25 years is going to outstrip supply.

Professor Nagle: With our ageing population, I think it's really important we think of the supports that will be required. Nursing has been, and will continue to be, a really vital profession.

Professor Birks: Every nurse is a leader and a manager and every nurse is an educator, regardless of what position they hold in what organisation. Studying a Master of Nursing at James Cook University gives every nurse the skills to be able to function in these roles more effectively.

Dr Smithson: To progress in your career, you're going to need a postgraduate qualification at some stage - and what we're offering is a really high quality postgraduate online experience for you guys.

Professor Nagle: I think it's more about opening doors rather than a specific door, but certainly it provides the opportunity to think differently, to view the world differently and in doing that, I think you can visualise your career as being one of endless opportunity.


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Entry criteria

To be eligible to enrol in the online Master of Nursing, applicants must have:

  • Completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent qualification, and;
  • Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside of Australia;
  • Completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience, or the part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse.
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Diversify your skills

Qualify to work autonomously and collaboratively in advanced and expanded clinical roles.

Step into leadership roles

Extend your ability to assess and manage clients, refer to other healthcare professionals, prescribe medications and order diagnostic investigations.

Prepares you for any work environment

Gain skills and knowledge to adapt to any environment, whether that be in rural, remote or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, or increasingly complex urban contexts.

What you will study

Through the online Master of Nursing, you’ll learn how to design and implement research, and discover how to advance the body of knowledge in your clinical field.

You can shape your study to suit your own career path. JCU offers subjects from Ethics and Health Management to Persuasive Communication - a range of subjects available to help you transform your nursing career.

You’ll also have the opportunity to choose one of three majors:

Leadership and Management: This major prepares nurses for leadership roles in clinical settings.  This includes leading and managing teams, as well as developing skills in business-related areas such as finance and budgeting.

Education: This major is ideal for nurses who wish to develop into a nurse educator role within a clinical environment. It will provide students with the contemporary tools to facilitate effective adult learning.

Advanced Practice: This major will prepare nurses to tackle the next set of responsibilities required to deliver a comprehensive level of care in clinical settings.


Assessment includes a combination of completed coursework, assignments and online examinations. Students receive regular feedback on their progress via online forums and individual consultations with academic staff.

The JCU Master of Nursing comprises subjects which also form part of the JCU Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Nursing. This provides the potential to gain an alternative postgraduate qualification, should you choose not to complete the course in its entirety.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have previously studied related subjects, experienced on-the-job training or gained skills that are relevant to this course, you may be eligible to receive credits towards your Master of Nursing, cutting the overall time it could take to complete your degree.

Get in touch with an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

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Personalised support for your success

Study online at JCU and help will always be right at your fingertips. You’ll have access to one-on-one support from your own personal Success Advisor, from commencement right throughout your studies, keeping you motivated and on track to achieve your goals.

JCU’s innovative and interactive learning environment, with video, audio, discussion boards, chat forums and practical assessments, will help you learn more effectively and efficiently. You’ll also have access to live sessions with your tutors, mentors and classmates – wherever you are. Smart, effective online learning is here.

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