Master of Mental Health (Nursing)

Southern Cross University (Online)

Program Description

Master of Mental Health (Nursing)

Southern Cross University (Online)

  • Duration: Two years part-time
  • Advanced standing: Call us to see if you qualify
  • Study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Aug, Oct
  • Fees: $2300 per unit, find out about FEE-HELP
  • Units: 12

Build your capabilities for optimum patient care

Mental health is a growing issue, so there is a need for highly skilled mental health nurse professionals to ensure consumers receive the best possible care.

Study a postgraduate mental health nursing course online with Southern Cross University’s internationally recognized School of Health and Human Sciences. In this program, you will learn from leading and clinically active mental health nurse academics; and access current and clinically relevant, evidence-based coursework through a responsive and interactive learning environment.

This program is designed to prepare nurses for roles within public and private healthcare settings and to build a deep understanding of how to effectively respond to people experiencing mental health challenges.

This nursing course is recognized by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) and the coursework directly reflects the National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education. Upon completion, you can use your new qualification as part of the requirements to become a credentialed mental health nurse.

It’s also the first postgraduate program of its kind, developed against the latest mental health industry standards as set by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing.

  • Current, clinically relevant coursework delivered by the internationally recognized School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Access an interactive and responsive learning platform, enabling fluid communication between students and academics
  • Your pathway to becoming a credential mental health nurse by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • Ongoing support throughout your study journey from a dedicated Student Success Advisor

What you can study

The units that form part of the online mental health post grad courses have been designed to develop the skills required for nurses to effectively respond to challenges within the field of mental health.

You will be taught to question your own practice, with the most up-to-date and clinically relevant knowledge embedded throughout the coursework.

Part A

  • Acute Mental Health
  • Evidence-Based Health Practice
  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Healthcare Professional Portfolio
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Mental Health in Community, Non-government and Private Settings
  • Physical Healthcare in Mental Health
  • Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health

Part B

  • Discovery and Enquiry in Health: The Critical Literature Review
  • Applied Leadership in Mental Health Clinical Practice
  • Developing Skills in Contemporary Psychotherapies

Electives (choose one)

  • Leading Change in Healthcare
  • Strategic Health Management
  • Health Systems, Policies, and Practices
  • Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
  • Health Research Methodology
  • Teaching and Supervision in a Clinical Setting
  • Leadership and Management in Health
  • Social and Emotional Competence in the Workplace
  • Organisational Behaviour

Entry criteria

To qualify for entry into the Masters in 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.

Flexible study options

Situations change, your priorities may shift — which is why we’ve built flexible entry and completion points into our online Master of Mental Health (Nursing) degree.

This means that you can enter into either the Graduate Diploma or Masters level, and if you need to exit early—if home or work demands your full attention—you could still receive a postgraduate qualification based on the units you’ve completed.

The best part? Everything you complete will be credited towards your online Master's degree, should you choose to finish it off at a later stage.

Receive a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (Nursing) by choosing

Any four units from Part A, except Evidence-based Health Practice or Healthcare Professional Portfolio.

Receive a Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Sciences by choosing

A total of four units: Evidence-based Health Practice and/or Healthcare Professional Portfolio, plus an additional two to three units from Part A

Receive a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Nursing)* by completing

All eight Part A units

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 15, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
2 years
Part time
2,300 USD
per unit