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The Master of Advanced Nursing, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, will prepare you for leadership roles in clinical nursing, management and education. Clinical specialisations include emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing. These specialties require concurrent employment as a registered nurse in the area. The course helps you develop advanced practice knowledge and leadership in specialist practice. It will equip you with skills to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate health care, and formulate policy for a diverse and multicultural society.

Specialisations include:

  • emergency nursing*
  • general studies in advanced nursing
  • intensive care nursing*
  • mental health nursing*
  • nursing education
  • nursing leadership and management
  • perioperative nursing*

You can also exit the course early with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing or a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Management if you meet the requirements.

*These specialisations are only available to domestic students

Course structure

The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Specialist nursing practice studies, Part B. Research and advanced scholarly practice.  All students complete Part A.  Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part B or a combination of the two.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

Alternative qualifications

You may be eligible to exit your course early and apply to graduate with one of the following qualifications, provided you have met the requirements for the qualification during your enrolment in the Masters course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing: you’ll need to complete a total of 24 credit points (6 months full time study), with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.
  • Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing: you’ll need to complete a total of 48 credit points (1 year full time study), with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.

If you decide to graduate early, you will need to discontinue from the Masters course. You may be eligible to receive credit for the units you have completed if you re-apply and are re-admitted to this course or apply for another graduate degree at Monash University.

PART A. Specialist nursing practice studies

These studies provide options for registered nurses seeking leadership roles to take a clinical or non-clinical specialisation appropriate for individual career aspirations. The studies draw on best practices within the nursing specialisations for the development of advanced knowledge and skills.

PART B. Research and advanced scholarly practice

The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options.

The first option is a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests.

The second option is a 24 or 36 point research program.  Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed in a wide range of general and specialist clinical, educational and health care environments in senior positions. They contribute to the health of individuals, families and communities, and the development of the profession.


Visit the Master of Advanced Nursing page on the Monash University website for more details!

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