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Victoria University

Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease and Ageing)

  • Delivery: Online
  • Commitment: 15 - 20 hours/week
  • Study Level: Postgraduate
  • Duration: 24 months

Award winning study model, delivered 100% online, this course provides registered nurses with a fundamental knowledge base to devise innovative care interventions and models of care for residents, patients, families and carers.

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Course overview

  • Award-winning study model
    VU's award-winning postgraduate Block Model recognises the complexity of students' lives while giving a consistent, manageable and connected online learning experience. Earn your Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease and Ageing) faster than on-campus with our unique study model.

  • No exams or textbooks to purchase
    The online units have been designed with a student-centred approach that spans from the overarching learning outcomes to engaging activities and self-determined assessments.

  • Support seven 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 Nursing, with a specialisation in Chronic Disease and Ageing, is designed for registered nurses to transform the delivery of healthcare services in Australia. Across eight core units of study – from Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health to Nursing Informatics – and four specialised units in Chronic Disease and Ageing, students will acquire skills that are in demand for senior nurse leaders.

The Chronic Disease and Ageing specialisation provides registered nurses with a fundamental knowledge base to devise innovative care interventions and models of care for residents, patients, families and carers. Graduates with a Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease and Ageing) will acquire person-centred strategies to plan, assess, implement, evaluate, support and care for older individuals living with complex comorbidities or chronic health conditions.

Each course is delivered 100% online, giving students the flexibility to fit study around their busy personal and professional lives. VU Online takes a personalised 1:1 approach to online learning, which makes learning highly interactive and supported.

With 25 years of experience delivering postgraduate courses in Australia, VU has equipped thousands of students from all walks of life with the knowledge and skills to successfully achieve their unique career goals including promotion, salary increase and leadership and innovation in nursing.

Key facts

Study level
Course type
24 months (Part time)
15 - 20 hours/week
Price per unit
More Information
You may be eligible for CSP, which will subsidise the cost. Enquire to find out more.
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What you will study

In addition to the innovative core units, you will also complete a practical, multi-faceted research project. Each unit of study lasts for seven weeks.

Core Units

  • Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health
  • Care Coordination in Practice
  • Leading Improvement and Innovation
  • Evidence and Research for Practice
  • Complex Care Coordination
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Professional Development in Practice 
  • Mental Health Nursing

Chronic Disease and Ageing Specalisation Units

  • Innovation in Aged Care Practice 
  • Ageing and Chronic Disease 
  • Health and Wellbeing for the Older Person 
  • Research Project: Chronic Disease and Ageing 

VU Online also offers a Master of Nursing specialisation in Nursing Leadership.

Entry requirements

To apply for the online Master of Nursing, you are required to have:

  • Completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent qualification AND
  • Current Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) OR equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside of Australia AND
  • Completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience, or the part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse. OR
  • Applicants without an AQF 7 Bachelor of Nursing or above who also hold current Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) or applicants without sufficient clinical work experience will be considered for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing. On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, applicants will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be eligible to enter into the masters with credit for past skills and/or study, known as advanced standing.
If you've already completed any of the units in the course in which you are enrolling, or their equivalent, you may be eligible for advanced standing.


Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Assess and apply current WHO and Australian Health priorities and cultural competency principles to promote community health.
  • Formulate and lead quality and safety innovations for improved patient outcomes.
  • Assume leadership for complex care coordination for clients.
  • Provide leadership in informatics and its applications to digital healthcare.
  • Contribute to advancing nursing knowledge, practice and design through the evaluation of research.
  • Develop, implement and assess professional development programs for clinical settings.
  • Lead or influence nursing care in a chosen specialty area.
  • Design and undertake primary research in a specialist area. 

Career options

With the VU Master of Nursing, you’ll have the credentials needed to progress into management and leadership in one of the specialist areas of Chronic Disease and Ageing. Prospective career paths may include:

  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical research nurse
  • Clinical nurse consultant
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Nurse unit manager
  • Leadership role in chronic disease and ageing
  • Unit manager
  • Director of nursing 
  • Executive director of nursing


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

The fees shown are per unit. The number of units are listed above. 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.