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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)

First mental health nursing postgraduate course of its kind

Our Master of Mental Health Nursing is the first of its kind, developed against the latest mental health industry standards as set by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing. You can use your qualification upon completion as part of the pathway to become a credentialed mental health nurse.

When you study your mental health nursing course online, you will be learning from highly skilled, clinically active mental health academics. Our degree equips you with the skills and knowledge to forge a successful career as a mental health nurse, ensuring you are prepared to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the healthcare industry.

Studying your mental health nursing degree online will give you the advanced knowledge to help people with a lived experience of mental illness. With one in six Australians currently experiencing depression or anxiety or both1 , one in nine Australians currently experiencing high or very high psychological distress2 and support-seeking rapidly growing3, there is a great need for highly qualified mental health professionals.


Fast Facts:

  • Provide effective care through your enhanced understanding of mental health and specialised skills
  • Gain knowledge to work across a broad range of public and private healthcare settings
  • Access an interactive and responsive learning platform, enabling fluid communication between students and academics
  • 100% online, shift-work friendly study – complete six units a year or skip a study period if life or work demands your full attention
  • Student success support – from enquiry to graduation, we are there for you
  • Networked for success – meet your future colleagues and collaborators
  • Learn from leading and clinically active mental health academics
  • Study online with the internationally recognised School of Health and Human Sciences

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry into the Master of Mental Health Nursing, all applicants must:

  • be a Registered Nurse and have access to mental health nurse practice or to mental health nurse practitioners during their course of study, and;
  • Be proficient in English.

If you are not a registered nurse, you could also be eligible for the Master of Mental Health degree. Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

Why SCU’s Online Master of Mental Health Nursing?

Hear from Master of Mental Health Nursing Professor John Hurley on why this course is an exciting option for nurses looking to move into mental health.


What you'll study

To graduate with your Master of Mental Health Nursing, you’ll complete the following 11 core units, and one elective unit.

Core Units (complete all)

  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Mental Health in Community, Non-government and Private Settings
  • Acute Mental Health
  • Appraising Evidence
  • Physical Healthcare in Mental Health
  • Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health
  • Healthcare Professional Portfolio A
  • Applied Leadership in Mental Health Clinical Practice
  • Developing Skills in Contemporary Psychotherapies
  • Discovery and Enquiry in Health: The Critical Literature Review

Electives (choose one)

  • Health Systems, Policies and Practices
  • Leadership and Management in Health
  • Leading Change in Healthcare
  • Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
  • Social and Emotional Competence in the Workplace
  • Teaching and Supervision in a Clinical Setting
  • The Positive Leader
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Change and Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Project Management Principles
  • Business Accounting for Managers
  • Management Communication

Flexible entry and exit options

Situations change, your priorities may shift – which is why we’ve built flexible entry and exit points into our online Master of Mental Health Nursing course.

This means that you can enrol in either Graduate Diploma or Masters program, and if you need to exit early – if home or work demand your full attention – you could still receive a postgraduate qualification based on the units you’ve completed.

Download the brochure

For more details about the 100% online Master of Mental Health Nursing, complete the form at the top of the page to download your brochure. You’ll receive in-depth information on:

  • Entry criteria
  • Course duration
  • Fees and financing options
  • Courses and assessment types
  • Industry-related work
  • Student support
  • Career pathways

Download the brochure now »


Southern Cross University offer both online and on-campus versions of these units. This information refers to the online version. Please check the unit listing at scu.edu.au or ask your Student Enrolment Advisor for more information.

This information is correct at time of release and subject to change without notice. Copyright Southern Cross University February 2019.

1 ABS National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (2008), p 41
2 ABS Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15
3 Whiteford, H. A., Buckingham, W. J., Harris, M. G., Burgess, P. M., Pirkis, J. E., Barendregt, J. J., & Hall, W. D. (2014). Estimating treatment rates for mental disorders in Australia. Australian Health Review, 38, 80–85

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