Master of Nursing (Pre-Registration)*

Course summary

The Master of Nursing (Pre-Registration) degree prepares students for professional practice as registered nurses. It offers exceptional learning opportunities that enable students to integrate theory and practice to deliver confident, sustainable, quality care in a range of health care settings. Students will learn to think critically, manage complex healthcare challenges, and develop skills to situate themselves as a global healthcare leader. The course incorporates a range of professional nursing subjects, applied sciences, research and professional subjects relevant to contemporary nursing practice. Students will participate in active collaborative learning in simulated clinical laboratories, tutorials, and 840 hours of clinical placement experiences in a variety of settings and different local health districts. Students will be required to travel to a range of clinical facilities to attend clinical placements.

What you will study

As a graduate-level program, students entering are expected to have, at minimum, a Bachelors degree. The program will focus on easing the students' transition to UOW and preparing them to become health professionals. A substantial attention is made in a rigorous foundational subject and the initial study session to enhance both the students' learning experience and their readiness to enter the health profession. This strategy aims to motivate students to stay committed to the degree. In their first four weeks of enrolment, all students will complete an online Academic Integrity Module (AIM). This discipline-specific module is designed to instil a robust understanding of academic literacy, contextualized to their course, program, and future profession. AIM uses a self-paced, sequential, 'step-through' approach to foster interactive, self-directed, and independent learning. This module enables students to learn from their mistakes, providing immediate formative feedback. It links to relevant university policies, resources, and learning support to equip students better. The purpose of AIM is to prepare students and help them avoid common issues such as plagiarism and academic fraud that often occur when students lack an understanding of academic integrity.

In the introductory subject, MNPR800 Nursing Foundations, students are expected to engage in a range of activities. These activities, including online readings, videos, and self-introduction discussion forums on the e-Learning Moodle platform, are intentionally structured to equip students with essential knowledge for the subject. Furthermore, these activities offer students the chance to familiarise themselves with and interact with their peers. There will be regular feedback given in various forms such as self-assessment, peer review, automated responses from interactive activities like quizzes, and prompt replies from the subject coordinator to questions posted in the discussion forums on the E-Learning site. The goal of providing continuous formative feedback is to engage students, fostering a mindset of learning and development, whilst scaffolding towards enhancing student performance in summative assessments. Learning analytics will be used to identify and support students at risk of disengagement or poor performance, to keep them on track. This is particularly important during the students first semester of study as they transition into this program and manage course expectations.

This degree

The Master of Nursing (Pre-registration) course is designed for university graduates from diverse disciplines, including those without prior health education. This two-year course builds upon your existing undergraduate knowledge, preparing you for a career as a registered nurse. The program emphasises evidence-based clinical practice and integrates important areas such as bioscience, pathophysiology, therapeutics, and pharmacology within professional nursing practice in contemporary healthcare environments. A key focus is placed on sustainability, and people-centred healthcare. The course structure enables students to develop competence in their nursing skills through simulations before undertaking clinical placements in diverse healthcare settings. Additionally, the course prioritises cultural safety, collaboration, teamwork, and the social responsibility that are essential in contemporary nursing practice.

Applications open May 2024.

* This course is not on offer until 2025 and subject to accreditation by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine



Course Code



2 year (1 subject completed during summer)


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions Policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Recognised Bachelor's degree with a WAM average of 60 and completed less than ten years prior to the date of application.

Applicants with a qualification older than 10 years will be considered based on either more recent graduate study or work experience that demonstrates current capacity for graduate study.


The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. UOW is offering Commonwealth Supported Places for all of our postgraduate coursework degrees* in 2024. This means the Australian government will subsidise your tuition fees by up to 75%. LEARN MORE

*Excluding Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive), Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Executive), and Masters of Business Administration (Executive)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.


Entry Requirements - a recognised Bachelor degree with an equivalent average mark of 60%.

In addition to these criteria, nursing degrees also have inherent requirements that must be met.


The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score





IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 75 in Academic Reading and Writing (ARW) and 75 in Academic Listening and Speaking (ALS))

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2023.

Applicant background

2023 intake

2023 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



International students All other students.



All students



< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2023

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2024 Autumn


This course is not availble until 2025

Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

Accreditation & professional recognition

Subject to approval by ANMAC (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council) graduates may be eligible to apply to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) through the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) subject to meeting the registration standards, including English language proficiency. NMBA currently requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0, and at least 7.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Results must have been obtained no more than 2 years prior to applying for registration. Therefore, graduates will be required to take a further IELTS test even if the required results were demonstrated prior to enrolment in the Master of Nursing (Pre-Registration).

Why choose this course

In the dynamic field of healthcare, registered nurses are vital, offering comprehensive care for individuals with diverse health needs. At UOW, our Master of Nursing (Pre-Registration) course equips you with the skills to excel in this critical role. Engage in a blend of theoretical and practical learning, periods of workplace experience in various settings like hospitals, aged care, and community facilities. This hands-on approach ensures you apply classroom knowledge effectively in real-world scenarios.

Our curriculum focuses on integrating nursing theory and research into practice, enhancing your ability to manage complex client needs. You will gain insights into the cultural, social, economic, legal, and ethical aspects shaping nursing, preparing you for advanced responsibilities in the field.

UOW stands out with exceptional employment outcomes: 93.1% of our nursing graduates secure full-time jobs within four months post-graduation, surpassing the national average. The healthcare sector is expanding rapidly in Australia, offering numerous career opportunities. Our commitment to group-based learning fosters critical thinking, ensuring you are adept at navigating and applying knowledge in your professional life. We incorporate cutting-edge technology in our teaching, preparing you for a technological-driven healthcare environment. Our faculty includes world-class researchers and seasoned clinicians, offering a rich, industry-relevant education. The course is fully accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Agency, ensuring a high-quality, recognised qualification.