Responding to the desperate shortage of nurses nationally and worldwide - a situation likely to worsen as the population grows and ages - The University of Western Australia today launched its Master of Nursing Science.
The UWA Masters degree has been accredited by the Nurses and Midwives Board of WA and following successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse in WA.
Twenty-nine men and women from fields as varied as psychology, business, education and biomedical science and with an average age of 35 have taken the federally funded nursing places awarded to UWA for this course. They will be able to pursue the degree without having to pay fees upfront.
The places are along similar lines to HECS places, in that students repay the fees at the end of the degree, once they start earning a wage.
The course, which allows people to switch career paths without having to do another undergraduate degree, will be run by the School of Population Health, within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, in partnership with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.