Master of Critical Care Nursing

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 to 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,349.00* per year (more)
* 2017 indicative annual CSP fee

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree in Nursing (5.0 GPA) or higher and professional registration and current relevant employment


Offered in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Next start date

Trimester 2, 2017 (more)

Applications close

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Why choose this program?

The Critical Care Nursing program identifies and explores the multiple professional issues that impact on practice and addresses the legal, social, ethical and organisational implications for effective and informal practice. Throughout the degree, you will acquire the comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are required by specialist critical care nurses.

The Master of Critical Care Nursing includes four distinct pathways:

  • Standard
  • Standard with Advanced Standing
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation with Advanced Standing

The requirements for each of these pathways are different and students will need to follow the requirements for their pathway to ensure their eligibility to graduate.

This program belongs to a suite of postgraduate programs.

Code Program title Campus Intake
3290 Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing Distance Education Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
5597 Master of Critical Care Nursing (this program) Distance Education Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Note: Progression through this postgraduate suite is dependent upon satisfying admission requirements.

Attendance information

This program is offered full-time and part-time in off-campus mode. Please note that the Dissertation Pathway with Advanced Standing is offered in part-time mode only.

Student Income Support

From 2017, to be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Leave of Absence

Students may not take a leave of absence in this program without the prior approval of the Program Director. The Program Director will review applications for leave of absence relative to the maximum time available to complete the program, professional registration requirements and employment requirements (if applicable).

My career opportunities

You will be recognised for your expertise and ability to apply multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in critical care nursing and will have the ability to analyse, critique and synthesise advanced practice in nursing.

Pathways to further study

Students who complete the dissertation component will have a pathway to Higher Degree Research study. Graduates who wish to continue on to Higher Degree Research study and have not completed the dissertation component will be able to apply for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Health Research (4161), which provides the necessary preparation for entry into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programs.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time semesters/trimesters).

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the semester/trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the semester/trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Master of Critical Care Nursing (5597)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2017 FPPG Band 15B $256.25 $20,500.00
Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the semester in which they are enrolled.

Further information

Additional fee information

This postgraduate program has Commonwealth Supported Places. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will contribute to the cost of this program but you will also be required to make a contribution.

Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places and all places have been filled for the current admission period, applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place if such places are available.