Master of Intensive Care Nursing

Course code: GC063
Course coordinator: Dr Janice Gullick



Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing
Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing

Choosing a master's degree | Applying for a master's degree | Master's degree with honours | Cost of a master's degree | Admission requirements | Clinical practice requirements | Study patterns (part time and full time)


Sydney Nursing School offers a flexible range of postgraduate advanced learning courses in several specialty areas. One of these areas is Intensive Care Nursing.

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Choosing a master's degree

You can either study full time (three semesters) or part time (five semesters) at the master's level. Domestic and international students are welcome to apply.

Each unit of study has up to four face-to-face study days (excluding the capstone). A normal part-time load is two units of study per semester.

The master's degree requires a total of 60 credit points – core and elective units of study make up 48 points, and a capstone completes the degree and is a further 12 credit points. The capstone is an important feature of Sydney Nursing School's postgraduate master's degree. You have the choice of a research-based or professional practice capstone, providing an excellent opportunity to explore, in depth, a topic of professional interest.

Award units taken at graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels may also count towards a master’s degree. Any non-award units of study already completed may also be credited towards a master's degree.

Student learning is further supported by the University’s eLearning.

Applying for a master's degree

There is one intake of students in March each year.

Applications must be made online. You will also need to upload certified copies of other documentation as part of your online application process. To assist you, there is a checklist of required documents that you will need.

Cost of a master's degree

This is a full-fee paying course. However there are Commonwealth supported places available for 2015 and places will be allocated according to the order in which applicants accept their offers. HECS-HELP is available for Australian Citizens. Visit the Costs and scholarships website for detailed information. See also:

Admission requirements for a Master of Intensive Care Nursing

Admission to our master’s courses requires a bachelor's degree with a credit average. For admission into the Master of Intensive Care Nursing, you must be a registered nurse in Australia or in a country other than Australia.

Clinical assessment requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the Master of Intensive Care Nursing will be required to undertake clinical assessments in this specialty area. Students should be currently employed in the relevant clinical area and be able to demonstrate the support of the clinical area for undertaking these clinical assessments. So, if you wish to enrol in the Master of Intensive Care Nursing, you need to fill out a clinical assessment form for Emergency/Intensive Care Nursing, and upload the document with your application.


2015 STUDY PATTERNS

Year 1 part time

Semester  1

Semester 2

NURS5012

Assessment and Clinical Judgement

NURS5055

Intensive Care Nursing Practice

NURS5059

Foundations of Clinical Practice

NURS5060

Complexity of Critical Illness and Injury

Year 2 part time

Semester  1

Semester 2

NURS5069

Research in Nursing and Health Care





NURS5070

NURS5071

NURS5091

Students must choose 2 units of study from the following 3 options:

Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality

Contemporary Health Leadership*

Simulation-based Learning in Health

NURS5074

Expanding Practice in the ICU & ED

Year 3 part time

Semester 1

NURS5078

Capstone (Workplace) OR

NURS5080

Capstone (Research)

*Students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Research) will be required to substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University. Following academic consultation, students may also be permitted to substitute NURS5071 with a unit of study relevant to this course, offered by the University.
Year 1 full time

Semester  1

Semester 2

NURS5012

Assessment and Clinical Judgement

NURS5055

Intensive Care Nursing Practice

NURS5059

Foundations of Clinical Practice

NURS5060

Complexity of Critical Illness and Injury

NURS5069

Research in Nursing and Health Care





NURS5070

NURS5071

NURS5091

Students must choose 2 units of study from the following 3 options:

Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality

Contemporary Health Leadership*

Simulation-based Learning in Health

NURS5074

Expanding Practice in the ICU & ED

Year 2 full time

Semester 1

NURS5078

Capstone (Workplace) OR

NURS5080

Capstone (Research)

*Students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Research) will be required to substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University. Following academic consultation, students may also be permitted to substitute NURS5071 with a unit of study relevant to this course, offered by the University.