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Master of Advanced Health Practice

About this course

The Master of Advanced Health Practice has been developed for individuals with a background in a health science discipline including nursing and allied health professions.

The degree is focused on professional development to give current health practitioners a broad overview of the latest developments in various fields of health practice.

Career opportunities

This course gives health practitioners from diverse backgrounds including nursing and allied health professions, the opportunity to expand the range and scope of their knowledge of health service delivery. Completion of the degree provides graduates with enhanced career opportunities within primary health care, community outreach organisations, area health services, professional associations, hospitals, and local, state and federal policymaking agencies.

Major areas of study

Specialisations include:

  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Clinical Leadership.

The degree can also be completed without a specialisation by undertaking a selection of units in accordance with the award rules.

Please note: specialisations and units are offered subject to availability.

Assessment methods

Assessments vary for each unit and generally comprise written assignment tasks. Few units have an examination. Units are graded fail, pass, distinction, or high distinction.

Teaching methods

This course is delivered online using computer-assisted technologies. There are no on-campus attendance requirements. Units have a dedicated website on the MySCU online environment, which includes unit learning sites that are accessible upon enrolment. Academic staff are available by phone and email for student consultation. Students are expected to have computer and internet access. 

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

  1. As an alternative to Rule 2 Section 3 Clause (20)a of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, applicants for admission to candidature in the Master of Advanced Health Practice may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirement in Rule 2 Section 3 Clause (20)a.
  2. Applicants not born and not schooled in one of the countries listed in Schedule A attached to Rule 2 Section 1 Clause (7):
    1. must have completed at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) study at the level of AQF Level 7 (or equivalent) or above and the language in which that qualification was taught was English; or
    2. must be able to demonstrate proof of English proficiency by obtaining an overall band score of not less than 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (including a minimum score of 6.0 in the sub-bands) or equivalent TOEFL or comparable test as determined by the Academic Board.
  3. All applicants must have successfully completed a minimum 3 year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in a health related discipline.
  4. All applicants for admission to candidature to the Master of Advanced Health Practice with a specialisation must provide evidence of at least one year’s experience in an area of activity relevant to the area of specialisation and/or as acceptable to the School Board.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Master of Advanced Health Practice with a specialisation a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twelve (12) units (144 credit points) comprising:
    1. units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. four (4) units of a specialisation listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
    3. four (4) units or equivalent from Part C of the Schedule of Units.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Master of Advanced Health Practice without specialisation, a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twelve (12) units (144 credit points) comprising:
    1. All units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. eight (8) units or equivalent from Part C of the Schedule of Units.
  3. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Advanced Health Practice with a specialisation a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. four (4) units of a specialisation listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  4. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Advanced Health Practice without specialisation a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. four (4) units or equivalent from Part C of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  5. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Practice without specialisation a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units (48 credit points) comprising:
    1. CMM03260 Graduate Studies Project I
    2. any two (2) units or equivalent from Part A and Part C of the Schedule of Unit attached to these Rules.
  6. A candidate who while enrolled for the Master of Advanced Health Practice with a specialisation has completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Advanced Health Practice with that same specialisation may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in that same specialisation following withdrawal from candidature for the Masters award.
  7. A candidate who while enrolled for the Master of Advanced Health Practice without specialisation has completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Advanced Health Practice or Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Practice may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate following withdrawal from candidature for the Masters award.

 

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Applications for this course are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'