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Southern Cross University (SCU)

Master of Mental Health Nursing

SCU's Master of Mental Health Nursing is developed against the latest mental health industry standards as set by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing (ACMHN). You can use your qualification upon completion as part of the pathway to becoming a credentialed mental health nurse.

At SCU you will be learning from highly-skilled, clinically active mental health academics, and you will gain advanced knowledge to help people with a lived experience of mental illness.

SCU's degree equips you with the skills and knowledge to forge a successful career as a mental health nurse, ensuring you are prepared to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the healthcare industry.

  • Course is accredited by the ACMHN
  • Gain immediately implementable skills 
  • Online study seamlessly fits into shift-work
  • Dedicated one-on-one support

To gain your online Master of Mental Health Nursing degree, you will complete 11 core units and 1 elective unit. Coursework develops the skills required to effectively respond to challenges across a diverse range of mental health fields.

Core Units

  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Mental Health in Community, Non-government and Primary Health Settings
  • Acute Mental Health
  • Appraising Evidence
  • Physical Healthcare in Mental Health
  • Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
  • Building a Professional Portfolio
  • Applied Leadership in Mental Health Clinical Practice
  • Developing Skills in Contemporary Psychotherapies
  • Critical Review in Health

Electives (choose 1 elective unit):

  • Envisioning Health Systems, Policies and Practice
  • Contemporary Health Leadership
  • Leading Change in Healthcare
  • Governance and Accountability in Healthcare
  • Social and Emotional Competence in the Workplace
  • Effective Teaching and Supervision in Healthcare
  • The Positive Leader
  • Digital Marketing
  • Organisational Change and Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Project Management Principles
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Management Communication

If you need to exit early, you could still receive a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing or a Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing.

To qualify for entry into the Master of Mental Health Nursing, all applicants must:

  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent in a health, psychology or social science related discipline, and;
  • Be a Registered Nurse (Division 1) and have access to mental health nurse practice or to mental health nurse practitioners during their course of study, and;
  • Be proficient in English.

If you are not a registered nurse, you could also be eligible for the Master of Mental Health degree. 

SCU may recognise and grant credit for past education, qualifications and/or work experience in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

  • Holistic mental health treatment
    Be introduced to core knowledge and skills that will help you to be a well-rounded mental health professional. 
  • Contemporary mental health focus
    Learn from clinically active academics and gain a contemporary understanding of emerging trends in mental health care. 
  • Develop an evidence-based practice
    Develop skills through evidence-based theories and knowledge that can be applied immediately in practice or hospital setting. 

2023 academic year student fees shown are subject to change. You may also be required to pay student amenities fees. Contact the university directly to confirm.

Fees shown are per unit. The number of units are listed below fees. Together they indicate the total fees for the course.

FEE-HELP loans are available to assist eligible full-fee paying domestic students with the cost of a university course.

Key Facts
  • Study Mode: Online
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $2,580 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 12 units
  • Start Date: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov