Australian Nursing Schools

16 May 2014

Have a bachelor degree, but not satisfied with the direction your career is taking you? Have you considered a career in health care?
Nursing is considered by many to be a fulfilling and rewarding profession. Even if your bachelor degree is in a non-health-related field, you may still be eligible to apply to a graduate-entry nursing program.

Australian Nursing Schools in Australia
Study nursing at an Australian Nursing School

The graduate-entry nursing master’s degrees offered by the following Australian Nursing Schools are intended for university graduates with a degree in an area other than nursing, who wish to train for a career in nursing. Each Australian nursing program varies in its offering, but they all include clinical placements and are accredited in their respective Australian states.

Monash University Nursing School

The Master of Nursing Practice at Monash University is a professional qualification for graduates with non-nursing degrees provides an intensive, accelerated pathway to a career in general and specialist practice roles in 18 months. The course is an effective blend of theory and practice, with about half your study week spent in class and the other half in clinical practice, allowing you to apply and reinforce new knowledge quickly.
Program: Master of Nursing Practice
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: July 2014 and February 2015
Duration: 1.8 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the Monash University Nursing School to submit their applications and before the end September for the February intake.

University of Melbourne Nursing School

The Master of Nursing Science at the University of Melbourne is a professional master degree that is exceptional preparation for your nursing career. The course reflects the latest developments in contemporary health care, rapidly changing medical and information technologies, consumer demand, and government economic and health policies. The curriculum emphasises significant contemporary health problems identified as National Health Priority Areas: cardiovascular health, cancer control, injury prevention and control, mental health, diabetes mellitus, and asthma.
Program: Master of Nursing Science
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: February 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2014

University of Queensland Nursing School

The Master of Nursing Studies at the University of Queensland has been specifically designed to prepare you to apply to work as a registered nurse within two years of study. Students complete 32 courses, 16 of which are clinical, or two days clinical practice per week for the first year, three days a week in the third semester, and five days per week in the final semester. There are 1,010 hours of clinical practice throughout the program.
Program: Master of Nursing Studies
Location: Ipswich, Queensland
Semester intakes: February 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2014

University of Sydney Nursing School

The Master of Nursing at the University of Sydney provides an introduction to the profession of nursing through both clinical and theoretical components for students who wish to become registered nurses. Throughout the course you will gain extensive nursing clinical practice. You will complete 880 clinical hours during your degree. About half of the nursing subjects involving clinical placements in health facilities, both public and private, and in Sydney Nursing School’s clinical laboratories that simulate nursing environments.
Program: Master of Nursing
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: March 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. Last year, the application deadline for this program was October 11.
Practicing in Australia
Graduates can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to become registered nurses in Australia and many overseas countries.
Returning to Canada to Practice
All nursing professions are regulated in Canada. This means that you must be registered with one of the provincial or territorial regulatory bodies to be authorized to practise as a nurse in Canada. The regulatory body for nursing in each province and territory handles the assessment of qualifications for internationally educated nurses and the scheduling of nurses to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.
Graduates from Canada who wish to practice as a registered nurse upon their return to Canada should be aware of the certification process for foreign-trained nurses in their province of residence.
For information about the Canadian certification processes for foreign-trained registered nurses, please visit The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) website, or contact OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady.
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