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University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Master of Advanced Nursing Majoring in Acute Care

  • #1 in Australia for academic reputation in Nursing (QS World University Rankings, 2022)
  • Ranked top 10 in the world for nursing

UTS Online’s Master of Advanced Nursing is designed for nurses who want to drive better outcomes for person-centred care in a range of health care settings. This course is delivered part-time, 100% online and influenced by strong healthcare industry partners, making it one of the most contemporary and comprehensive courses of its kind.

The Acute Care major is designed for nurses who want to transition into diverse and challenging clinical roles and has a focus on comprehensive physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning, quality and safety in medicines, plus managing clinical deterioration and responding to nursing-sensitive indicators in acute care settings.

UTS Online’s Master of Advanced Nursing is comprised of 12 subjects, of which four are graduate certificate subjects. 

Graduate Certificate

  • Specialty Clinical Practice 
  • Applied Pathophysiology in Practice 
  • Evidence for Informing Practice 
  • Improving Safety and Quality in Healthcare

Acute Care (major)

  • Leading Health and Social Care
  • Comprehensive Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Quality and Safety in Medicines
  • Nursing-Sensitive Indicators in Acute Care
  • Research in Health
  • Collaborative and Integrative Mental Health Care
  • Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration
  • Advanced Professional Practice

The Master of Advanced Nursing offers three other specialist pathways - Chronic and Complex Care, Quality and Safety, and Leadership and Management - and offers a range of electives to choose from should you wish to take a generalist pathway.

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must be currently employed in a healthcare setting and have one year of post-registration clinical experience.  

Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. 

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners. Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.  

English language requirements
The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper-based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet-based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Your previous studies can be acknowledged as credit towards your online postgraduate studies, provided that it meets the relevant course requirements.

If you receive a UTS offer of enrolment, and you’ve undertaken previous studies at another institution, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning. UTS doesn’t determine recognition of prior learning until an offer of enrolment is accepted.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Advanced Nursing, you will develop skills through the following learning outcomes:

  • Clinical excellence 
    Be a reflective and critical thinker who examines and contributes to practice, policy and research. Improve health outcomes by incorporating the best available evidence into practice, clinical judgement and reasoning. 
  • Healthcare leadership skills 
    Be a visionary, innovative and responsive leader in health care. Influence evidence-based change and transformation to achieve optimal health care outcomes.  
  • Attitudes and values 
    Justify and promote social justice principles to enable high quality, safe, and equitable health care for all, including Indigenous Australians. Ensure ethical practice by demonstrating respect and value for the social, cultural and spiritual differences of patients, their families, and the wider community. 
  • Communication and interpersonal skills 
    Communicate effectively and professionally in diverse and dynamic situations. Engage and empower health care consumers and their families by adopting a respectful, empathic and person-centred approach to communication. 
  • Adaptability 
    Develop professional qualities that are valuable and transferable to various clinical settings. Be prepared to learn, adapt and innovate as the healthcare industry continues to evolve.  

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)
  • $2,750 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 12 units
  • Start Date: Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Oct