Nursing courses

Study a postgraduate nursing degree and provide critical medical treatment to people across a range of healthcare settings.

Want to take your nursing career even further and specialise in an area that you’re passionate about? Get ready to explore postgraduate courses for nursing across mental health, clinical nursing, paediatrics and maternity care. Open Universities Australia is here to help you find and enrol in flexible online courses with top universities.

Why should you study nursing?

This is your chance to dive into a nursing specialty that you’ve always wanted to explore. To deepen your knowledge, qualify for more senior roles, and increase your earning potential. According to census data, registered nurses with a postgraduate qualification earn 45% more (on average) than those with just an undergraduate degree. That’s a compelling reason to consider further study.

Plus, when you obtain your postgraduate nursing degree online, you don’t have to slow down your career. You can fit study around your life. Focus on a single subject at a time, take breaks between study terms, and start at multiple points throughout the year.

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What you'll learn in a postgraduate nursing course

As a postgraduate nursing student, you'll learn more advanced approaches to care so that you can deliver even better outcomes for your patients.

You can choose to develop specialist skills across a range of areas, including:

  • acute nursing care
  • advanced nursing practice
  • allied health
  • clinical nursing
  • critical care
  • maternity care
  • mental health
  • nursing leadership and management
  • paediatric nursing
  • professional nursing

Once you complete your qualification, you’ll have the expertise you need to apply for new roles, supervise junior staff, tackle more complex clinical situations, and make informed decisions for the good of your patients.

It depends on what—and how—you choose to study. As a general guide:

  • A Bachelor Degree is equivalent to three years of full-time study.
  • A Graduate Certificate is equivalent to six months of full-time study.
  • A Graduate Diploma is equivalent to a year of full-time study.
  • A Masters Degree is equivalent to two years of full-time study.

That said, if you choose to study online through Open Universities Australia, you can control how long it takes to complete your qualification. You have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you take at once, and scale them up and down as it suits you. While some universities will require you to complete your course in a set time period, other universities have no limit at all.

If you’d like to find out more about this, reach out to us directly and our friendly student advisors can help you out.

Studying a postgraduate nursing degree can be tough, but incredibly rewarding. To succeed, you should be prepared to tackle theoretical research from the inside out. Most of our postgraduate students spend at least 12 hours a week on reading and research per subject, but you’ll need to set aside even more time if you’re completing a dissertation or research project as part of your studies. You can gauge how intensive a subject is likely to be by looking it up on our website. Check the reading list, assessments and prior study required before you enrol.

Remember—while you’ll be studying online, you will never be in this alone. You will still be able to virtually collaborate with classmates and receive advice from staff with years of clinical experience. You can lean on them for support as you progress through your qualification.

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we can help you find a pathway into your course through open entry subjects, which anyone can study. Chat with us to find out more.

Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.

You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.

Get help every step of the way

Our student advisors can assist you with enrolment, help you plan your studies, and answer questions about how studying through Open Universities Australia can get you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.

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