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Victoria University (VU)

Master of Mental Health Nursing

  • Progress towards credentialing with the ACMHN​
    This degree meets the education requirements for the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses’ (ACMHN) Credential, the only nationally consistent standard for recognition of specialist mental health nurses.​​
  • Award winning study model
    VU's postgraduate online Block Model, winner of the LearnX Live! Award 2021 ‘Best Online Learning Model’, recognises the complexity of students' lives while giving a consistent, manageable and connected online learning experience. 
  • Support 7 days and in the evenings
    Get the support you need, when you need it, during your course. VU's support network has a single focus on ensuring you are entirely supported to succeed.

VU Online’s Master of Mental Health Nursing will help you drive positive impact as you gain specialised skills to lead multidisciplinary teams and create transformational change. You will also meet the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) Credential education requirements.

You will build on your nursing practice and gain a holistic understanding of mental health and its impact on individuals, families and communities. This course is designed to empower you to work successfully within multidisciplinary teams and apply contemporary care approaches, including for diverse and vulnerable populations.

Gain valuable evidence-based skills that will help you enable better health outcomes for individuals experiencing mental ill-health with ethical, recovery-oriented, trauma-informed care.

You will study 12 units in total (11 core + 1 elective).

Core units

  • Recovery Oriented Mental Health
  • Biopsychosocial and Cultural Perspectives in Mental Health
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health
  • Mental Health in Later Life
  • Care Coordination in Practice
  • Evidence and Research for Practice
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Mental Health
  • Assessment in Mental Health
  • Research Project

Elective units

  • Psychological Therapies
  • Perspectives on Addictive Behaviours
  • Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Health and Wellbeing for the Older Person
  • 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 AND;
  • Provide written confirmation from their employer that they are employed in a mental health setting OR; 
  • Completed Victoria University’s Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing or Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing.

With VU Online’s Master of Mental Health Nursing, you’ll gain knowledge and skills in evidence-based assessment and intervention approaches in mental health. This course will position you to take on mental health care coordination roles, leadership roles in mental health nursing or roles in mental health services. This course also prepares you for roles in senior mental health services or sessional academic work.

VU Online’s Master of Mental Health Nursing will also allow you to progress towards credentialing with the ACMHN.

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 to $2,825 per unit CSP & FEE-HELP available
  • 12 units
  • Start Date: Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep, Oct