Master of Nursing (Gerontology)
Advance your nursing knowledge to care for ageing clients
Specialise in aged care nursing and improve the quality of life for older people. You’ll study the ageing process and conditions including dementia. Become an expert in supporting the specific needs of the elderly including end of life care.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
Online & on-campus
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What you'll learn
Study UniSQ’s Master of Nursing (Gerontology) and become a specialist in aged care nursing. Expand your expertise in the perspectives of end-of-life care, develop and finesse your leadership qualities, and study the biological, psychological and social aspects of ageing throughout UniSQ’s online gerontology postgraduate courses.
- Display an advanced body of seminal, conceptual and data-based knowledge in nursing
- Communicate an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to health and nursing
- Review conceptual and data-based literature using cognitive and technical skills to critique, evaluate and identify best evidence to improve individual, community and population health outcomes
- Apply evidence-based decision-making to clinical, policy, education and/or practice situations
- Lead people and projects in diverse situations with a high degree of creativity, autonomy and accountability, demonstrating appropriate judgement and responsibility as an expert practitioner
- Communicate at a high level in interpersonal, inter-professional and intercultural situations with people of diverse ages, backgrounds and needs.
- Employ advanced skills in competent, caring and professional nursing practice.
Solidify your career as an aged care nurse with a master’s degree that encompasses hands-on experience and the theoretical skills needed to fully understand the intricacies of the aged-care sector.
- Completion of an Australian university or equivalent three-year bachelor degree in the area of Nursing.
- Current Professional Registration as a Division 1 Nurse, or equivalent, with either Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or relevant regulatory body in applicant's home country.
English Proficiency Requirements
All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. For entry to the Master of Nursing (Gerontology) program, applicants are required to meet the Category 4 English Language Proficiency requirements.
On campus requirements
Mandatory Residential School attendance will be required for the below courses. Residential Schools will be held at Ipswich, or Toowoomba campus.
- COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts
- COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications
- COU8104 Counselling Frameworks
Credit for previous study or work
Candidates must complete at least six units of courses offered by UniSQ whilst enrolled in this program so at most six units of exemptions may be applied for on the basis of approved relevant study undertaken at UniSQ, other universities or the Australian College of Nursing.
Become a specialist in aged care nursing. Expand your expertise in the perspectives of end-of-life care, develop and finesse your leadership qualities, and study the biological, psychological and social aspects of ageing throughout UniSQ’s online gerontology postgraduate courses.
The Master of Nursing can be studied online and part-time, so you can progress your nursing career while fitting study into your life and occupation. Build specialist skills to review data-based research while identifying and implementing best practice for improving individual and community health outcomes. Develop advanced knowledge and skills in the development, analysis and application of health policies and health research through an independent research project to progress your own area of practice.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
HEA8001 Contexts of Practice
HEA8101 Foundations of Gerontology Practice
NUR8060 Health Policy Analysis and Review
HEA8102 Perspectives of Healthy Ageing
NUR8340 The Law and Health Care Practice OR HEA8302 Culture as a Determinant of Health
HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences
HSC8060 Research Project Design
HEA8104 Alzheimers and Dementia: Contemporary Perspectives
HEA8105 Perspectives on `End-of-Life'
NUR8075 Research Implementation Project
Approved Course x 2
HSC8070 Health Masters Project A
HSC8080 Health Masters Project B
Completion of 12 units as outlined in the Recommended Study Pattern section.
- Upon completion of the appropriate 4 units, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Nursing.
- Upon completion of the appropriate 8 units, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Nursing.
Choose your subjects
- Clinical Education
- Leadership & Management in Health
- Mental Health
- Rural & Remote
Approved Course List
HEA8302 Culture as a Determinant of Health
ANP8003 Management in Health Care Practice
ANP8011 Clinical Leadership in Contemporary Health Care Practice
HEA8201 Introduction to Clinical Education
HEA8202 Innovative Learning Strategies for Healthcare Environment
NUR8550 Professional Studies 1
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts
COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks