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University of Sydney Nursing School in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Nursing

University and Faculty: University of Sydney
Medicine and Health
Program: Master of Nursing
University Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 5 million
Student Population: 60,000
Campus Location: Camperdown Campus, Sydney
Program Duration: 2 years
Semester Intake: March each year
Next Avail. Intake: March 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $37,500 AUD (2019)

Sydney Nursing School invites nurses and midwives, and those wanting a career in nursing and midwifery, to study with them at the University of Sydney. The university offers an excellent range of nursing programs which are highly regarded by the nursing profession nationally and internationally. The University of Sydney Nursing School has a reputation for academic excellence, quality teaching and innovative research, ensuring that students gain valuable knowledge and specialist skills which are current, relevant, marketable and responsive to community health care needs now and in the future.

If you hold a previous tertiary qualification in a discipline other than nursing, you're eligible to be considered for admission to the Master of Nursing graduate-entry program. Like the combined degree nursing program, the Master of Nursing provides an introduction to the profession of nursing through both clinical and theoretical components for students who wish to become registered nurses. Course material is presented at a level appropriate to a master's qualification. It is envisaged that as a graduate of the Master of Nursing, you will have obtained the knowledge and skills, along with the personal motivation and general ability, to progress in your clinical, management or educational nursing career.


Goals of the Program

Graduates of the Master of Nursing will have a much stronger basis on which to rely in their professional practice, particularly in relation to those areas of practice that call for and understanding cultural and social differences. They will also be more able to work with semi-scripted and unstructured workplace environments and they will be able to use the research literature in their practice and to identify and resolve problems within the clinical setting.


Study Plan

The Master of Nursing consists of 96 credit points or 16 units of study. All clinical units of study have external clinical placement experiences in a wide variety of health-care settings in both city and rural areas and public and private facilities. You might undertake clinical placements in emergency departments, intensive care units, paediatric units, mental-health faculties and community health centres. Much of these placements are usually done outside the normal semester (including approximately 19 weeks in second year). The majority of clinical placements occur within the Sydney metropolitan area. You may also elect to undertake some clinical placements in rural NSW or interstate.

In the final year of study, you will be placed within a clinical school and undertake units of study and your clinical placements alongside Sydney Medical School medical students. You can choose one of the four new clinical placement options: Paediatric, Mental Health, High Acuity, and Clinical Nursing. For these options you will undertake four weeks of clinical placement in your chosen area. You might like to choose an option in which you may wish to practice when you graduate.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Applicants must have a bachelor degree in a discipline other than nursing in order to apply. Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer and an invitation to undertake a literacy and numeracy test and an interview.

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing

  • will hold a bachelor degree in a discipline other than nursing; and
  • will perform satisfactorily in an interview; and
  • will perform satisfactorily on an admissions test.

Applicants who successfully meet the admission criteria will receive a conditional offer and an invitation to undertake an interview and literacy and numeracy tests. Literacy and numeracy tests for international students will be undertaken online and interviews will be held via Skype.

Interviews are used as a valuable screening tool to enable Sydney Nursing School to offer places to applicants who not only present well on paper but who can also demonstrate they have the required level of communication skills, motivation, attitude and insight necessary to succeed in nursing.

Interviews are used to evaluate an applicant based on the following:

  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • intelligence and cognitive ability
  • team work
  • decision-making ability
  • respect for diversity
  • a sense of caring, empathy and sensitivity
  • motivation and commitment within the context of nursing

Admissions interviews are conducted on a group basis with up to eight applicants and will be facilitated by two academic staff members. It is envisaged that this process will take approximately 45 minutes, including 30 minutes for the group task and 15 minutes for reflection. Interviews will be held via Skype, and will take approximately 45 minutes.

Literacy/Numeracy Tests

It is essential that Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) students are able to demonstrate satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills. To ensure this, as part of the admissions process, you will also be asked to complete two short tests in literacy and numeracy. Literacy and numeracy tests for international students will be undertaken online and should take 20 and 15 minutes respectively.

Note: This course is not available to applicants who are registered to practice as a nurse in an Australian state or territory. Qualifications used as the basis of admission must have been completed less than 10 years prior to application. Qualifications older than 10 years will be considered at the discretion of the dean. In addition to these requirements, this course requires applicants to have the ability to undertake clinical placements. The school's Clinical Policy contains further details of the requirements.

Applicants who lodge an application and meet the academic requirements will be contacted directly by the faculty to sit a numeracy and literacy test and attend an interview. International applicants will be interviewed via Skype and conduct their test online with instructions given by the faculty.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Practicing in Australia

Graduates of the Sydney' Nursing School's Master of Nursing can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to become registered nurses in Australia and many overseas countries.

Returning to Canada to Practice

All nursing professions are regulated in Canada. This means that you must be registered with one of the provincial or territorial regulatory bodies to be authorized to practise as a nurse in Canada. The regulatory body for nursing in each province and territory handles the assessment of qualifications for internationally educated nurses and the scheduling of nurses to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.

Graduates from Canada who wish to practice as a registered nurse upon their return to Canada should be aware of the certification process for foreign-trained nurses in their province of residence.

For information about the Canadian certification processes for foreign-trained registered nurses, please visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) website.


Admissions Timeline

Sydney assesses for this program in 4 rounds.

Round 1 - May 23, 2019
Round 2 - August 16, 2019
Round 3 - October 3, 2019
*Round 4 - January 3, 2020

*Round 4 offers will not be released until February 11 - 14. This program will begin on February 25 with orientation typically taking place February 18 - 22. This means successful applicants will need to accept their offers immediately and be prepared to get on a plane within a few days.


Application Deadline: Varying rounds; you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as the Master of Nursing can fill quickly.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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