University of Sydney Handbooks - 2020 Archive

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Master of Nursing (Pre-registration)

Course overview

The Master of Nursing is a two-year, pre-registration course for students with previous tertiary qualifications. This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and addresses all of the essential criteria for registration as a beginning practitioner, in most areas in which graduates may wish to practice.

Clinical placements

Pre-registration nursing courses involve significant participation in off-campus clinical placements and students are required to complete more than 800 clinical hours during their degree.

Students must be available to complete full-time weeks of shift work throughout university holiday periods in order to complete their clinical placements.

Important information to prepare you for clinical placements:


The Master of Nursing consists of 96 credit points (16 units of study each worth six credit points). In terms of workload, most six credit point units of study consist of attendance and lectures, tutorials and/or lab sessions on a regular basis. There are also pre-reading and assessment items equating to approximately 10 hours per week. The course is offered only in on-campus mode.