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Child and Adolescent Health Nursing Major (MSc Advanced Nursing Practice)

C&A Hlth Nurs Mjr (MSc ANP) - MJRP-CAHNG Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode Mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 1.5 years full-time

The Child and Adolescent Health Nursing Major is designed to provide the theoretical foundations of nursing science, together with the clinical knowledge and skills associated with the student's specialty practice. A significant component of the major may be conducted in a health care institution. It focuses on the development of clinical leadership, promotion and integration of evidence-based nursing practice to foster the development of graduates consistent with the profile of the nurse specialist, offering the advanced-level nurse further clinical skills and an opportunity to extend career options.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Applicants must hold a bachelor degree and Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing (Graduate Diploma with a course weighted average of 70) or equivalent and registration as a general nurse in Division One with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Additional requirements

If not already undertaken at Graduate Certificate level: Students need to be able to undertake a compulsory five day pre- clinical skills workshop at the Bentley campus prior to their clinical placement. There are no further fees incurred for this workshop but rural students will need to fund travel and accommodation expenses.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


3 semesters full time study or equivalent part-time study.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $23,800*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 300 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

Eligible registered nurses may be able to use successful completion of this major as evidence for professional recognition, for example by the Western Australian Department of Health (Certificate Allowance). Graduates will be eligible to apply for the above positions. There is no accreditation for these positions.

Career opportunities

Management, research/quality improvement activities, education and clinical practice in the following areas:

  • community health nurse generalist
  • community child health nurse
  • community school health nurse in primary and secondary schools
  • community adolescent health nurse in community agencies.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for a variety of professional positions in community child and adolescent health (child health, school health or general community health).

How this course will make you industry ready

Graduates from this course will have the clinical, research and leadership competencies to practise at various professional levels in child and adolescent health nursing, across an extensive range of population groups.

Currently Curtin University is the sole educational provider in Western Australia for this course. Curtin maintains close collaboration with agencies providing child and adolescent health services in the community, ensuring that the course materials are relevant and up to date.

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