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Nursing at the University of Melbourne will expand your knowledge and skills and develop your career across a number of specialty areas.
From neonatal to palliative care, our courses cover every aspect of the human lifespan, opening doors to a range of diverse and rewarding career paths.
Whether you are looking to start your career in nursing (entry to practice), begin your path towards specialisation (entry to specialisation), or advance your nursing practice and set yourself up for leadership roles (advanced nursing practice), our nursing courses will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to deliver high quality care.
Entry to practice
The Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) is an Entry-to-Practice Master’s Degree accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council with graduates fully eligible for AHPRA registration. Delivered over two years and encompassing high quality clinical placements, this degree prepares internationally recognised graduates for roles that enhance the health and wellbeing of society and demonstrate leadership in advancement of the discipline of nursing.
The MNSci curriculum emphasises the practice-based nature of nursing, the diverse work of the nurse-patient relationship which may take place in various settings, the proactive and responsive roles of nursing practice in managing significant contemporary health problems identified by National Health Priorities. Strong focus is placed on the active role that clinical and academic educators must play to support effective learning and advance the profession.
Entry to specialisation
The University of Melbourne offers a suite of nursing courses designed to develop your nursing specialisation by providing you with practical learning and highly sought-after knowledge and skills relevant to your role and area of clinical practice. You will learn and be mentored by nursing experts in the field.
Applicants must be registered nurses with at least one year of experience.
To learn more about the course learning outcomes, subjects you can study, course fees, entry requirements, and how to apply, click on a course below:
Course Delivery mode Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) Online and face to face at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (cardiorespiratory or renal specialties) Online with in-hospital assessment Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Critical Care)* Online and face to face at Western Health Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Emergency) Online and face to face at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Online and face to face at the Royal Women’s Hospital Online and face to face at the Royal Children’s Hospital Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatric Intensive Care) Online and face to face at the Royal Children’s Hospital Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care) Online and face to face at Goulbourn Valley Health and Northeast Health Wangaratta Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care Online and face to face Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care Online and face to face Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice 100% online
* Please note, from 2019 the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Critical Care) will be known as the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Intensive Care) and will be offered online with hospital work-based experience.
Specialist Certificate in Neonatal Care
Developed in collaboration with The Royal Women's Hospital, The Royal Children's Hospital and Western Health in Victoria, this course gives Registered Nurses or Registered Midwives who care for sick or pre-term newborn babies and their families, advanced knowledge and skills, as well as the confidence to competently care for increasing complex neonates, and their families. Learn more
Delivered wholly online, Applied Pathophysiology is the first core subject in the suite of specialist nursing courses that can also be undertaken as a single subject while you decide on what specialty you would like to undertake. This subject will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to explain assessment data and prioritise patient care in a specialty area of practice based on scientific principles.
In order to be considered for entry you must have a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent qualification) in the discipline of nursing. Students who successfully complete this subject and associated assessment may be eligible for credit into any one of the Graduate Certificates in Nursing Practice, assuring they meet the entry requirements. Learn more
Advanced nursing practice
The University of Melbourne’s Department of Nursing offers a suite of advanced nursing practice courses, allowing nurses to build advanced practice skills and knowledge and preparing you for clinical leadership roles in nursing and healthcare.
Based on scientific knowledge and research-based nursing intervention, these courses provide students with the knowledge and skills to assume responsibility for establishing new professional roles, devising new models of care and leading dynamic changes to practice.
To be eligible for these courses you must have a Bachelor of Nursing Science (or equivalent), one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse, current unrestricted registration as a Division 1 Registered Nurse with AHPRA, and current employment in a speciality area*:
- Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice
- Master of Advanced Nursing
- Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
- Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Mental Health)
- Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)
- Doctor of Philosophy
*Registration with AHPRA and current employment in specialty area is not a requirement for nurses enrolling into the Masters of Advanced Nursing
Department of General Practice courses
The Department of General Practice offers the most clinically relevant course for the professional practice of a primary care nurses in Australia. This distance education course is tailored for Division 1 nurses and is developed by experienced practice nurses and general practitioners. It complements experience gained in the field and reflects the latest policy developments in primary care.
Centre for Psychiatric Nursing professional development
The Centre for Psychiatric Nursing offers on-site professional development activities to each Victorian Area Mental Health Service designed to upskill the mental health nursing workforce in alignment with contemporary policy directions and legislation.