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Fast-track your career with 100% online study on just one subject at a time. Balance your study around work and family – study wherever and whenever suits you.

Choose your career pathway

Your choice of three majors. Give yourself the specialised skills and expertise you need to take the next big step in your nursing career.

Learn with the best

JCU is one of the top 10 nurse educators in Australia. You’ll study with and connect with industry leaders, specialists and experienced nurse academics.

Master of Nursing Online

Get ahead with JCU Online’s Master of Nursing

Demand for senior, qualified and specialist nurses and nurse leaders over the next two decades is expected to outstrip supply.

A Master of Nursing from James Cook University Online can give you the skills to function in advanced roles more effectively.

The course gives you specialist skills and will broaden your experience in other areas like persuasive communication and data management to provide a more rounded qualification.

Read more about our nursing academics here.


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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 or midwife.
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Not sure if you meet these entry criteria? Our Enrolment Advisors can assist you.

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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

The JCU Online’s Master of Nursing gives you the preparation you’ll need to shine at the next level in your career – advanced communication skills, data management skills, governance knowledge, informatics, and the ability to design and implement evidence into practice. We equip you with the knowledge, proficiency, competency and expertise to succeed in your chosen specialisation. 

These core skills were specifically incorporated to ensure all graduates leave the course ready to take on the challenges presented by a changing healthcare landscape.

You’ll also be able to choose one of three majors:

Leadership and Management major: Progress into middle and senior nursing management roles and gain a broad range of expertise to lead in any healthcare context. Units of study include ethical leading and managing people, dispute and conflict management, and finance and budgeting. This major is an excellent choice for nurses looking to progress their career in leadership and management. Leadership and Management major video to learn more. 

Education major: Combine your hard-earned clinical expertise with advanced and specialist nurse educator skills. You will develop your skills and become a competent and proficient nurse educator in any setting. The course gives you the foundational knowledge of adult education theories as they apply in the clinical context and beyond, as well as contemporary tools you'll need to be responsible and effective in your role educating patients and colleagues. Learn more about the Education major from Dr John Smithson in this video.

Advanced Practice major: Upskill in your clinical role and gain a deeper understanding and broader skill set in clinical practice. You will enhance your proficiency and confidence to deliver advanced patient care with specialist skills in health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and quality use of medicines. Some examples of environments this major will give you an advantage in include tertiary level hospitals, regional hospitals, rural and remote area nursing, corrective services, defence health, and general practice. Learn more by watching the Advanced Practice major video.

Want more details about these subjects? Find out more from our course guide.

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Choose a double major

Finding it hard to choose between the three majors? At James Cook University you can combine two majors; the perfect choice for those looking to advance their careers while combining different interests.

Career outcome

Careers in leadership and management 

Some leadership and management positions include Nurse Unit Manager, Director of Nursing or an Executive Director of Nursing.

Careers in nursing education 

Education roles include nurse educator, clinical nursing preceptor or coach, or an educator in higher education.

Careers in advanced practice nursing 

Advanced practice nurses work in a variety of roles, some of which may include clinical nurse specialist, clinical nurse consultant and advanced practice nurse.

Learning outcomes

The online Master of Nursing core subjects provide graduates with a well-rounded experience, with learning outcomes that focus on: 

  • Advanced communication skills: Integral to every aspect of nursing 
  • Research interpretation: Effectively evaluate the quality of nursing research to make effective decisions about the application of research to clinical practice
  • Contributing to the nursing knowledge base: Understand research methods, and gain hands-on experience to contribute to this nursing knowledge base 
  • Career development: Equipping nurses with the knowledge and capabilities needed to take ownership over their career development 


Assessment includes a combination of completed coursework and assignments.

The JCU Master of Nursing comprises subjects which also form part of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Nursing.

Should you choose not to complete the course in its entirety, the structure of the course lets you use the work you’ve done to gain an alternative postgraduate qualification.

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

JCU Online’s Master of Nursing has been designed to provide the best possible learning experience for students. You’ll have access to one-on-one support from a dedicated Success Advisor. They will be there from commencement right throughout your studies, keeping you motivated and on track to achieve your goals.

To help you learn more effectively and efficiently, you’ll also have access to live interactive sessions with your tutors and classmates – wherever you are.

JCU’s innovative and interactive learning environment, with video, audio, discussion boards, chat forums and practical authentic assessments, is smart, effective online learning.


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