Why study nursing online? Studying externally lets you gain a valuable degree with minimal time away from work or family.
- You can do the academic parts of nursing degree courses from home.
- Hands-on training can be done during residential schools on campus and at healthcare facilities near where you live.
- Diploma courses (not listed here) for becoming an enrolled nurse are now also available through blended learning.
Nursing is a fulfilling and demanding profession requiring intellectual and ethical knowledge, skills, compassion and stamina. An online nursing degree prepares you for healthcare service. It makes you employable in a growth sector with high job security.
CSU Bachelor of Nursing
Charles Sturt University's Bachelor of Nursing covers primary healthcare, health challenges, health optimisation, discipline of nursing, clinical nursing practice, social justice, psychosocial science and bioscience. For some subjects, distance education students attend 1-4 day residential schools at CSU campuses (generally Bathurst and Wagga Wagga).
UNE Bachelor of Nursing
The University of New England was the first Australian university to offer distance education for nurses. The bachelor-degree course involves 880 hours of supervised clinical practice over 6 trimesters. Field placements are normally organised in block placements of 2-4 weeks each trimester at health facilities across NSW. Clinical training is available by attending intensive residential schools at Armidale or regular sessions in Tamwworth.
USQ Bachelor of Nursing
The University of Southern Queensland's Bachelor of Nursing degree consists of coursework, clinical simulation in campus laboratories and clinical experience (840 hours) in a variety of healthcare settings. Clinical experience is mainly in the Toowoomba and Fraser Coast Health Districts. For distance students, the on-campus part can be studied in intensive residential schools each semester.
Postgraduate nursing study allows you to go beyond the technical and practical concerns of the profession. It's a pathway into health management and administration and other executive roles.
Studying by distance education is a convenient way to deepen and broaden your theoretical and practical knowledge. Extra skills and qualifications can lead to more senior roles in leadership, research-based practice and decision making.
By expanding your knowledge base, postgraduate study can help with working in multidisciplinary health teams. It also allows you to develop expertise in areas of interest and shift career paths within nursing.
JCU Master of Nursing
James Cook University Online has a nursing masters that's suitable for any experienced, division 1 registered nurse. You can major in (i) Leadership and Management (team management in a clinical setting, including business skills) (ii) Education (being an educator in a clinical environment) or (iii) Advanced Practice (build skills to deliver comprehensive care in clinical settings). The 12-unit program is 100% online and gives you the option to start with a graduate certificate (4 units) or graduate diploma (8 units). The courses are ideal if you want to study part-time. They're also available year-round.
Deakin Nursing Practice
Deakin University's 1.5-year Master of Nursing Practice is a flexible, exclusively online course. The main streams are: leadership and management; advanced clinical practice; perioperative; and specialty practice (intensive care, cardiac care, emergency care or critical care). Specialty practice stream applicants need to secure employment with a collaborating hospital. Graduate certificate and graduate diploma qualifications are available.
ECU Master of Nursing degrees
Edith Cowan University has a range of online postgraduate nursing courses, some of which depend on your current work environment. The longest course is the 2-year Master of Clinical Nursing degree. This allows nurse clinicians to expand skills in selected areas. There are numerous possible specialisations. ECU also has a 1.5-year Master of Nursing coursework degree and a Master of Nursing with a Nurse Practitioner specialisation.