Nursing Practice - M6016

Nursing Practice

Professional entry master degree

If you’ve completed an Australian bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a field other than nursing from a recognised university, the Master of Nursing Practice will help you become a highly skilled healthcare professional, preparing you for a career in this rewarding and well-respected profession.

The program builds on your prior knowledge and skills, allowing you to develop professional nursing practice through engagement with expert clinical nurses, contemporary nursing theory and hands-on experience.

Nurses are an integral part of any health system and the Master of Nursing Practice at Monash will prepare you for work in healthcare institutions both in Australia and internationally. Upon graduation you will have the knowledge and skills required to become a registered nurse. You can choose to work in a number of specialty areas – such as acute care, paediatrics and medical-surgical nursing.

Successful completion of the course will lead to eligibility for registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) subject to the graduate also meeting the current NMBA Registration standard: English language skills. Registration with the NMBA is a legal requirement for practising as a registered nurse in Australia.

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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
Duration
  • 2 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Qualification
Master of Nursing Practice
Course Handbook

The intensive two-year full time program is an entry-to-practice degree for graduates with non-nursing backgrounds. The program is an effective combination of theory and practice. For part of your study, half a study week is spent in the classroom and the other half in clinical practice, allowing you to apply new knowledge quickly.

Paula's story

Meet Paula, one of our Master of Nursing Practice students and discover why she chose Monash to fast-track her nursing career.

Become a future healthcare leader

“This course has given me the tools that I need to answer some of the most challenging health problems facing my community here and back at home.” Yadasa, current nursing student

“As a mature age student the Masters is ideal as it offers fast-track learning, with continuous clinical placement experience. Students are on the ward within a month of starting and I’ve already gained valuable experience on both surgical and acute medical wards.”
Paula, current nursing student

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent excluding an Australian Bachelor of Nursing) with at least a credit (60%) average.

All applicants must have completed either:

  • one 6 credit point unit of study in human anatomy /physiology or a related area from any recognised tertiary institution
  • the Monash Human Biology short course which has been assessed as equivalent to this requirement.

For further details see: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/nursing/study/humanbiology

Applicants who are already registered Nurses in Australia or overseas are not eligible to be considered for this course.

Note:

To be considered for a place in a Nursing course which leads to registration, it is an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council accreditation requirement that on entry into the course applicants meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English Language requirements for registration. Please refer to ‘Extra Requirements’ for the Additional English language proficiency requirements.

English requirements

Level D
IELTS (Academic): 7.0 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 7.0, Reading 7.0, Writing 7.0 and Speaking 7.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic):  65 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 65, Reading 65, Speaking 65 and Writing 65 TOEFL Internet-based test: 98 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 23 and Writing 27 Equivalent approved English test

Test result accepted for one sitting

Under certain conditions these English Language Test requirements may be able to be undertaken over two sittings.

OR

Maximum of 2 test sittings in a 6-month period only if the following 3 requirements are met:
1. Minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting
AND
2. Minimum score of 7 in each band across the two sittings,
AND
3. no score in any band is below 6.5 in either sitting.

Test result accepted for one sitting

Under certain conditions these English Language Test requirements may be able to be undertaken over two sittings.

OR

Maximum of 2 test sittings in a 6-month period only if the following 3 requirements are met:
1. Minimum overall score of 65 in each sitting
AND
2. Achievement of a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings
AND
3. No score in any of the communicative skills is below 58 in either sitting.

Test result accepted for one sitting

Under certain conditions these English Language Test requirements may be able to be undertaken over two sittings.

OR

Maximum of 2 test sittings in a 6-month period only if the following 3 requirements are met:
1. Minimum total score of 98 in one sitting
AND
2. Minimum total score of 94 is achieved in other sitting,
AND
3. minimum score across the two sittings of:

  • 24 for listening
  • 24 for reading
  • 27 for writing
  • 23 for speaking

AND
4)No score in either sitting in any of the sections is below:

  • 20 for listening
  • 19 for reading
  • 24 for writing
  • 20 for speaking.
 

Occupational English Language Test can be used to meet the ANMAC English registration requirement if applicants meet the Monash Standard English Language requirements:

Minimum score of B in each of the components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)

Under certain conditions these English Language Test requirements may be able to be undertaken over two sittings.

Test result accepted for one sitting
OR
Maximum of 2 test sittings in a 6-month period only if the following 2 requirements are met:

1)Minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings,
AND
2)no score in any component of the test is below C
AND
Achieved the standard Monash English entry requirements.
Which includes: A score year 12 English equivalent to VCE 25 in English, or 30 in EAL (or equivalent Monash approved English subject listed on the Undergraduate Entry Requirements Table)
OR
Holds current APHRA registration as an Enrolled Nurse provided study was in an English medium educational institution equivalent to at least 48 Monash credit points (one year of full-time study) at Australian VET diploma level or higher has been completed
OR
Meets Monash University Language of Instruction requirement as specified on the Admissions to Coursework Courses and Units of Study Procedures.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Additional English language proficiency requirement

In addition to meeting the Monash English requirement, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency either by providing a written declaration that English is their primary language or evidence that they have achieved the minimum English language test results as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard or hold current registration with APRHA as an Enrolled Nurse.

Nursing English language requirements self declaration

Applicants will be required to upload the Self Declaration form with your application.

Primary language

NMBA requirement is that English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, including at least two years between years 7 and 12

Recognised country for this purpose is one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America.

Note these and other countries listed in the Monash Admissions Policy are accepted as meeting the Monash Language of instruction requirement.

English language test

  • Test result - Within 2 years of the course start date.
  • Validity sitting - Within 2 years of the course start date.  Applicants will be able to meet these requirements over 2 test sittings in the circumstances outlined above.
  • Recency calculation - To meet the recency requirements if the applicant relies on English language test results from 2 sittings, then the time calculation begins from the date of the first sitting.

Police checks

Students must have a current Police check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Refer to the faculty website's police checks page.

Working with Children checks

Students must have a current Working with Children check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Refer to the faculty website's Working with Children checks page.

Immunisation and infection requirements

In accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations, this course requires that students comply with the faculty's Immunisation and vaccination policy and procedures. These are designed to provide maximum protection against the increased risk of some vaccine- preventable diseases for students, patients and workers in a health care setting.

This policy, and the associated procedures require that students have certain specified vaccinations, and have their blood-borne virus status determined, before they commence a clinical placement. Students who have not complied with this policy may not be able to undertake clinical placement, with the attendant academic consequences.

Prospective students are provided detailed information on the effect of blood-borne virus infection on the scope of practice of health care workers. Students who test positive to a blood-borne virus (including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C) will be required to consult a specialist medical practitioner approved by the faculty to provide advice on any necessary restrictions on work practices to protect patients and others from infection.

Refer to the faculty website's Immunisation and Infection Risk page for more information.

Drug Administration Policy

Students should be aware of their legal responsibilities regarding the administration and storage of drugs in keeping with the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic) and the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006 (Vic). The School of Nursing and Midwifery have formulated a policy and students should be aware of the drug administration policy relevant to their particular year of study. Refer to the faculty's clinical guidelines webpage.

Inherent Requirements

See Student Placement Guide for information about inherent requirements/personal attributes associated  with this course.

Making the application

Future students

Note: Please make sure you read the extra requirements before you apply.

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6016

Apply

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6016

Apply

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

Commonwealth supported places (CSP) are available for this course. The student contribution amount for 2021 is yet to be confirmed by the Australian government. Fees to be advised.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$29,000

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Fee information specific to this course

Ausstudy (Domestic students only)

Domestic students in this course may apply for Austudy payments fromCentrelink / the Department of Human Services. See the Austudy site for details.

*Additional eligibility criteria apply.

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.