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James Cook University (JCU)

  • 28% international / 72% domestic

Master of Nursing Online

  • Masters (Coursework)

With a rapidly ageing population, changes in technology, changes in management demands, and the evolution of nursing knowledge and practice, there are growing opportunities for qualified senior nurses and nurse leaders in Australia.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
24 months part-time
Study Mode
Intake Months
Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Oct
Domestic Fees
$32,880 total
International Fees
$32,880 total

About this course

With a rapidly ageing population, changes in technology, changes in management demands, and the evolution of nursing knowledge and practice, there are growing opportunities for qualified senior nurses and nurse leaders in Australia.

JCU Online's Master of Nursing gives you the qualifications and skills you need to evolve your career as fast as healthcare itself is changing. It will allow you to take on more complex roles and deliver better patient care.

James Cook University's Online Master of Nursing offers three principle specialisations:

  • Advanced Practice: Giving you the skills you need to deliver advanced patient care
  • Leadership and Management: Giving you the confidence and knowledge to embrace leadership or management positions in healthcare, or
  • Education: Giving you the ability to take on educational practice roles in clinical or non-clinical environments.

You may also choose to combine two of these specialisations and graduate with a double major.

With JCU, you can gain your qualification on your terms, at your own pace and in your own time.

This innovative, 100% online course gives you the flexibility to fit your study around your busy schedule. Designed by passionate nursing professionals, for passionate nursing professionals, you'll learn from some of Australia's foremost nurse academics.

Take control of your nursing career with JCU Online's Master of Nursing.

Entry requirements

  • Completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent qualification, and;
  • Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside of Australia;
  • Completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience, or the part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse or midwife.
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a - Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Study locations


What you will learn

The JCU Online’s Master of Nursing gives you the preparation you’ll need to shine at the next level in your career – advanced communication skills, data management skills, governance knowledge, informatics, and the ability to design and implement evidence into practice. We equip you with the knowledge, proficiency, competency and expertise to succeed in your chosen specialisation. 

These core skills were specifically incorporated to ensure all graduates leave the course ready to take on the challenges presented by a changing healthcare landscape.

You’ll also be able to choose one of three majors:

Leadership and Management major: Progress into middle and senior nursing management roles and gain a broad range of expertise to lead in any healthcare context. Units of study include ethical leading and managing people, dispute and conflict management, and finance and budgeting. This major is an excellent choice for nurses looking to progress their career in leadership and management.

Education major: Combine your hard-earned clinical expertise with advanced and specialist nurse educator skills. You will develop your skills and become a competent and proficient nurse educator in any setting. The course gives you the foundational knowledge of adult education theories as they apply in the clinical context and beyond, as well as contemporary tools you'll need to be responsible and effective in your role educating patients and colleagues.

Advanced Practice major: Upskill in your clinical role and gain a deeper understanding and broader skill set in clinical practice. You will enhance your proficiency and confidence to deliver advanced patient care with specialist skills in health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and quality use of medicines. Some examples of environments this major will give you an advantage in include tertiary level hospitals, regional hospitals, rural and remote area nursing, corrective services, defence health, and general practice.

Want more details about these subjects? Find out more from our course guide.

Credit for prior study or work

JCU recognises the value of past study and real-world experience. Exemptions or credits for elective subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon submission of verifiable supporting documentation.

Contact a JCU Enrolment Advisor to discuss your circumstances and develop a tailored program of study.