Advanced Clinical Nursing - M6031

Advanced Clinical Nursing

Expert master degree

The Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing, offered by Nursing and Midwifery, prepares nurses for leadership roles in a clinical specialisation. Specialisations include emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing, perioperative nursing, medical-surgical nursing, paediatric emergency nursing, paediatric intensive care nursing, paediatric nursing, and Nurse Practitioner. Clinical specialisations require concurrent employment (a minimum of 3 days per week) as a registered nurse in your clinical specialisation whilst studying Part A (clinical specialisation units). The course enables development of advanced practice knowledge and leadership in specialist practice including skills to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate health care, as well as the ability to formulate policy for a diverse and multicultural society. Graduates are employed in a wide range of general and specialist clinical, educational and healthcare environments in senior positions and contribute to the health of individuals, families and communities, in addition to the development of the profession.

The Master of Nurse Practitioner prepares Registered Nurses already working at an ‘advanced nursing practice’ level within their specialty area, to expand their scope of practice further to that of a Nurse Practitioner (NP). The degree provides the foundation for registered nurses to work autonomously in advanced and extended clinical practice roles in hospitals and community settings in collaboration with other members of the health care team. Graduates from this course will be academically eligible to seek endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner with AHPRA as this degree satisfies the educational requirements for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under Pathway 1 and 2. Details of requirements for endorsement can be obtained at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Peninsula: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Peninsula: Full time & part time

Students studying in the on-campus mode may be required to attend both the Clayton and the Peninsula campuses and some travel between campuses is expected.

Duration 1 or 1.5 years (full time) or 2 or 3 years (part time) depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
First semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing, Master of Nurse Practitioner
Alternative exits
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Entry level 1:
Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time (72 points to complete)

An Australian bachelor  degree (or equivalent) in nursing.

Entry level 2:
Duration: 1.0 years full-time, 2 years part-time (48 points to complete)

An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including nursing.

Nurse Practitioner specialisation (only):

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in nursing and a postgraduate award in the specialty area you wish to become endorsed (Graduate Certificate or equivalent).

Please note that the Nurse Practitioner specialisation is 48 points and only available part-time

Students must be employed concurrently and remain employed for at least three days per week as a registered nurse at an approved partner organisation in their clinical specialisation whilst studying Part A (clinical specialisation) units.

English requirements

Level B
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic):  58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 58, Reading 58, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

  • Application letter advising specialisation.
  • Certified evidence of current nursing registration.
  • Certified copy of the transcript of results/previous education achievements.
  • Letter of support from employer (where applicable)
  • Employer is approved as a partner organisation in the Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing

Additional requirements for Nurse Practitioner specialisation only:

  • Current nursing registration with NMBA
  • A minimum of 2 years FTE as a RN in the specialty area the student wishes to become endorsed within AND 2 years FTE of current ‘advanced nursing practice’ in this same specialty area
  • The student needs to be working in their area of specialty as a supernumerary Nurse Practitioner student or at an 'advanced practice level' at least 3 days/week during the Course.
  • Written evidence of employer support for a minimum of 300 hours of supernumerary integrated professional practice that provides exposure to a range of healthcare experiences relevant to the students’ learning needs and enables students achievement of the Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice. These hours need to be mapped in the students ‘Clinical Log’. This time can be in a paid/ non—paid capacity.

Inherent requirements

To complete your degree, you will need to demonstrate that you have the abilities, knowledge, and skills to achieve specific core learning outcomes, these are called inherent requirements.

Find out more about inherent requirements for this course.

The course is structured in two parts: Part A Specialist nursing practice studies, Part B Research and advanced scholarly practice.

Alternative exits

You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Advanced Clinical Nursing after successful completion of 24 credit points with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above. Students who complete 24 credit points from a particular specialisation in Part A will have the name of the specialisation on their transcript. (Except for Mental health nursing.)

  • Graduate Diploma of Advanced Clinical Nursing after successful completion of 48 credit points, with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above. If you complete a particular specialisation in Part A you will have the name of the specialisation on your academic transcript.

Making the application

Future students

Note: CSP places are subject to availability and eligibility

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6031


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6031


Current Monash students

No, this course does not allow transfers

Self assess for credit eligibility

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


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

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


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.

Victorian Government Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships

The Victorian Government recently announced a range of government-administered scholarships for Nursing and Midwifery qualifications.

Our current understanding is that these scholarship schemes will apply to a number of Monash courses.

For pre-nursing registration courses for Monash University, the scholarships may apply to:

For post graduate courses, the scholarship scheme applies to our Nurse Practitioner program and some other post graduate programs. A complete list of specialty post graduate courses is yet to be provided by the Department of Health.

Please note, these scholarship schemes are to be administered centrally by the Victorian Department of Health, who are finalising the details, including specifying the post-registration/graduate specialisations that are eligible.

Any enquiries regarding these scholarships should be directed to the Department of Health.


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.