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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.


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Entry requirements

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.

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

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. Watch the Leadership and Management major video to learn more. 

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. Learn more about the Education major from Dr John Smithson in this video.

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. Is this the major for you? 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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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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