Master of Nursing

Choose Nursing at La Trobe

  • Build your registered nursing career through qualifying in one of our 14 specialisations.
  • Study some subjects wholly online for greater flexibility as a working nurse.
  • Do advanced clinical training on site at a hospital focusing on your specialisation.
  • Get high quality and immediately relevant training from staff working as clinical nurses in demanding areas like emergency care, cardiac and intensive care.
  • La Trobe is the first university in Australia to teach nursing at Master's level.

You also have the option to take an early exit from the Master of Nursing and get awarded with a Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Career outcomes

Past nursing graduates have worked at:

  • Alfred Health as a clinical nurse specialist in perianaesthetic care
  • Monash Medical Centre in Clayton as a clinical nurse educatior
  • Singapore Health Services as assistant director of nursing informatics
  • Austin Health as a project officer
  • National Skin Centre as head of nursing.

What you'll learn

  • The latest evidence-based research developments.
  • Advanced clinical studies.
  • Theory and clinical practice
  • Physiological, psychosocial, ethical and rehabilitation aspects of care.
  • Supervised clinical practice.

Course information


Melbourne (campus location)


  • 1.5 years full-time or three years part-time.
  • Two years full-time or four years part-time for the Child, Family and Community specialisation.


Online distance learning, a limited number of on-campus workshops (or equivalent online virtual classrooms) and hospital-based clinical practicum.


Australian students:

  • $19,210 annual fee based on 120 credit points (indicative course fee for students starting in 2015).
  • You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

The complete course is 180 credit points.

Entry requirements

All specialisations

You must:

  • be a Division 1 Registered Nurse and hold a current practising certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • have at least one year of recent relevant nursing experience
  • be already employed in the relevant clinical area or an agency approved by the course coordinator, or have applied to the agency to undertake their clinical placement. A course position will be conditional on confirmation of the placement.

Child, Family and Community clinical specialisation

  • You must have AHPRA registration to practise as a midwife and at least one year of post-registration experience as a midwife.
  • You are encouraged to organise your own clinical placement, however, we will arrange a clinical practicum in the Maternal Child Health Service. University.

Course content

In your first year, you'll study the foundation units in your chosen specialist subjects. At this point, you may exit with a Graduate Certificate, except for the Child, Family and Community specialty.

You must complete Clinical Practice Development, Research Foundations and Advanced Practice A and B in order to exit with a Graduate Diploma

If you want to graduate with a Master of Nursing, you must also complete an independent study unit and a clinical project, or a nursing thesis.

Foundation subjects (choose one specialisation)

  • Acute Care Nursing Practice
  • Cancer Care Nursing Practice (apply for Breast Care Nursing Practice here)
  • Cardiac Care Nursing Practice
  • Child, Family and Community Nursing Practice
  • Critical Care Nursing Practice
  • Emergency Care Nursing Practice
  • Intensive Care Nursing Practice
  • Neonatal Care Nursing Practice
  • Perianaesthetic Care Nursing Practice
  • Perioperative Care Nursing Practice
  • Renal Care Nursing Practice
  • Urology and Continence Nursing Practice
  • Wound Management

Compulsory Subjects for the Diploma

  • Clinical Practice Development
  • Research Foundations
  • Advanced Practice A and B

Compulsory Subjects for the Master

  • Independent Study Unit and Clinical Project, or
  • Nursing Thesis

For full details, see the handbook entry for distance education from Melbourne. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Scholarships and financial support

Australian students

Industry connections

We have:

  • clinical schools in the Alfred, Northern and the Austin hospitals
  • teaching staff working in joint positions in emergency care, peri-operative, peri-anaesthetic, cardiac and intensive care
  • industry partnerships with Bendigo Health, Mercy Health, Eastern Health, Western Health, St Vincent's and Barwon Health.