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Mental Health Nursing 

La Trobe University

Master Online
18 months
26400 AUD/year
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Become a qualified mental health nurse or clinician. Earn your Master of Mental Health Nursing in less than two years with La Trobe University. Designed for registered nurses, the 100% online format allows you to study at a top-ranked university no matter where you are or when you have time to learn. Graduate ready to make independent clinical plans in mental health practice. Learn more.

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The online Master of Mental Health Nursing at La Trobe University is designed for registered nurses. Developed in collaboration with Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), this course covers the skills you need to meet and exceed the national standards in mental health services set by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. 

Choose the only mental health nursing course with regional and rural perspectives.

You'll graduate confident in your ability to provide recovery-focused services, make independent clinical judgments in mental health practice and develop clinical plans.

We value the ongoing upskilling you'll need to do as a nurse, so we give you effective strategies to remain up to date with the latest knowledge and skills. 

You'll learn the current therapeutic skills, pharmacology, mental health assessment and diagnosis, and considerations in treatment, recovery and service delivery – to name a few. Take advantage of opportunities to explore projects or research. 

Throughout the course, you'll learn to communicate effectively with your colleagues, the public and those who access mental health services. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to specialise as a mental health nurse or clinician. Work in clinical practice, projects, policy or research. You could establish your future career in private and public health service organisations; acute, community, rehabilitation and long-term care settings; mental health research; or higher education.

Once you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • make independent clinical judgements and apply specialised skills
  • assess clients and develop suitable clinical plans
  • utilise critical skills in problem-solving, planning and evaluation
  • communicate effectively and sensitively with your colleagues, the public and people accessing mental health services
  • perform independently and as a team leader or influential member in mental health settings
  • recognise the need for ongoing learning and use effective learning strategies for professional practice
  • undertake effective reflective practice, both independently and as a member or leader of teams in multidisciplinary work environments.

Programme Structure

Subjects include:

  • Therapeutic Skills
  • Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment
  • Mental Health Diagnosis
  • Experiences and Perceptions of Mental Illness
  • Considerations in Treatment, Recovery and Service Delivery
  • Advanced Mental Health Practice
  • Talk-Based Therapies
  • Therapeutic Pharmacology
  • Quality Improvement Initiatives
  • Critiquing Research Literature
  • Translating Evidence to Practice
  • Constructive Practice Recommendations


A Master of Mental Health Nursing will equip you to become a mental health nurse. Your career goal is to engage in recovery-focused services, make independent clinical judgments in mental health practice and develop clinical plans as a mental health nurse.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits
  • 180 total credit points; 12 subjects; 15 credit points a subject
  • Alternate entry is also available via special consideration or advanced standing.



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To apply to La Trobe's Master of Mental Health Nursing, you'll need to complete your application and provide the following:

  • Completed undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • Transcripts from prior universities
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement
  • Proof that you’re a Division 1 Registered Nurse

A current practising certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Alternate entry is also available via special consideration or advanced standing. This course is only available to Australian domestic students.

To help all our students succeed academically, we have English language requirements for entry into our courses. For more information on these requirements visit Official Programme Website.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    26400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26400 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.

Available to domestic students only.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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