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CB58 - Master of Mental Health Nursing

About Mental Health Nursing

CQUniversity's Master of Mental Health Nursing is ideal for Registered Nurses who are looking to gain advanced specialist qualification for roles in various health care sectors where there are people experiencing mental health issues or problems. The program will help students gain an understanding of contemporary topics and issues of relevance to all mental health clinicians, including recovery, mental health in primary care, dual diagnosis, physical treatments and psycho-social and educational interventions, and aged care mental health.  Students will also be eligible to apply for credentialing with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

On graduation with a Master of Mental Health Nursing, graduates will be qualified to take a leading position within the mental health industry in health care sectors such as emergency departments, child and adolescent nursing services, rural locations and general practice.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
Courses/Units of Credit 9 courses/72 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply Direct to the University - ONLINE
Entry Requirements

English (4, SA)

Must have qualifications as a Registered Nurse or a degree from a recognised higher education institution (as approved by the head of program).

Please refer to More Details section

Professional Accreditation
Residential School There are compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to the some courses in the program.
Practicum/Work placement Students will be required to undertake a number of hours in clinical placements during the program (see course details).
Exit Awards Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing , Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing
Interim Awards Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing , Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing
Post Nominal MMHM 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

This program will achieve a number of outcomes in the development of skills and knowledge in mental health nursing.  Graduates of this program will achieve advanced knowledge and skills in preparation for specialist practice in the mental health nursing field. 

Specifically they will:

  • be able to organise the knowledge obtained and illustrate this in a broad range of specific practice settings
  • manage the skills and knowledge required for specialisation in the mental health nursing field
  • evaluate mental health nursing practice from a research and practice-based perspective
  • appraise and critique contemporary issues in mental health nursing
  • construct professional development activities including writing and presentation skills

Program Structure

Students must complete 9 courses (72 units of credit)

Courses Offered

Program Structure

Students must complete a total of 72 units of credit comprised of:

  • 24 units of credit (Graduate Certificate - Year 1 - Term 1)
  • 24 units of credit (Graduate Diploma - Year 1 - Term 2)
  • 24 units of credit (Masters - Year 2 - Option 1 OR Option 2 OR Option 3)
Year 1
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
NURS21164 Mental Health Nursing
NURS21158 Recovery Approach in Mental Health
NURS21166 Context of Mental Health Nursing Practice
Term 2
NURS21165 Effective Interpersonal Skills in Mental Health
NURS21157 Mental Health Nursing Practice
NURS21152 Evidence Based Practice
Year 2

Note 1:

Students should select one of three options for their third year of part-time study in consultation with the Head of Program. 

Options 1 and 2 will require the study of a single research project or practice project over two consecutive terms. Enrolment in either ‘Project A' in the first term of their enrolment would be followed by enrolment in the relevant ‘Research Project' or ‘Practice Project' course in their second term.

Note 2:

Elective courses may be selected from appropriate Nursing or Midwifery Post graduate   courses in consultation with, and the approval of the Head of Program.

Course Code Course Name
Option 1
NURS21161 Mental Health Research Project A
NURS21163 Mental Health Research Project
Option 2
NURS21160 Mental Health Practice Project A
NURS21162 Mental Health Practice Project
One Elective - 8 credit point course  
Option 3
NURS21159 Mental Health Project
Two Electives - 8 credit point courses  

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