Master of Intensive Care Nursing

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Intensive Care Nursing is designed for registered nurses currently working in the intensive care environment. This course is intended to assist registered nurses working in this area to become clinical leaders. Your individual clinical experience is integrated with relevant evidence to produce information that can be used to inform the clinical practice of others. As a registered nurse working in the intensive care environment, you are expected to provide sophisticated care and advice to critically ill patients and their families. This requires the application of advanced physiological knowledge during the assessment and management of patients who may be experiencing single or multiple organ dysfunctions. The course will provide you with the specific knowledge, skills and attributes to provide care to this challenging group of patients.

Units of study

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

The Master of Intensive Care Nursing may be completed over three semesters full-time or five semesters part-time. The course consists of 60 credit points (cp), including core units of study (48cp) and a capstone (12cp). In the first year, students complete 48cp of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the intensive care nursing courses. Students will undertake a work-based project or a research project as a capstone experience (12cp) and will study part-time in the final semester of their candidature. Following academic consultation, students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Research) may substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University.

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth. For the Master of Intensive Care Nursing all students either complete a work-based project or research project as a capstone experience. The independent work required to develop the research thesis is under the guidance of a supervisor.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to intensive care nursing. Intensive care nurses normally work with a nurse patient ration of 1:1 and are in a position to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families. Many intensive care nurses also work in education, administration, research and as nurse consultants.

Further study

Outstanding graduates who complete the Capstone (Research) for this course may pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/current_students/research_students/research_students_index.shtml

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Intensive Care Nursing will hold:
(a) a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification with a credit average; or
(b) a graduate diploma in a nursing discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(c) completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
In addition to these requirements, admission to this course requires the applicant to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas, and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements. Domestic applicants are required to be working in intensive care nursing and international applicants are required to have a minimum of one year’s experience in intensive care nursing. All applicants must provide a statement of support from their supervisor or manager in order to undertake the required clinical assessments.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

On-line applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney Nursing School. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please scan and upload the following with your application:
(1) copies of academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) copies of any degrees or diplomas;
(3) copy of current authority to practise as a registered nurse from an Australian state or territory;
(4) Statement of Support – Clinical Assessment Requirement form – available from the Faculty website - http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/course_information/specialty_courses/intensive_care/intensive_care_m.shtml
(5) Nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual)
(6) copy of your passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(7 copy of your marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(8) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate.
any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.