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The NSWOC path to a Master of Advanced Practice in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing

You can now apply for the Master of Advanced Practice (MC-ADVPRC) in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing at Curtin University.
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Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) is proud to announce a ground-breaking opportunity for Canadian students who have completed the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute's NSWOC Program. These students will now be able to apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL) for the NSWOC® Program and receive credit for the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Practice specialisation.

This innovative 12-month master's course, designed to meet evolving health industry demands, offers a unique blend of clinical practice and research skills, catering to the needs of the health sector and beyond. The program equips participants with evidence-informed clinical practice skills, explores research methodologies, and culminates in a specialized research project.

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About Curtin University Master of Advanced Practice in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing

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  • How can I apply for the program?
    Find your course - Click ‘Apply Now’ on the page A pop up will appear on the screen, you can apply directly to the university. You will then be taken to a sign-in page. Select ‘New User-register here’ and create a user account. Sign in to the account and select ‘Add new application’ (under My Applications) In the search field search for MC-ADVPRC or the course name and the preferred commencement year (2025 or 2026) Add the course and select ‘Next’ Applicants, when setting up their profile should select ‘overseas student residing overseas under the citizenship category. When selecting their course they can use the search tool to search for course name or code ( MC-ADVPRC) and then select their preferred intake. You will then be prompted to upload proof of English proficiency, Resume, Proof of Registration etc for assessment. Please ensure you indicate under ‘Credit for Recognised Learning’ your NSWOCC experience. Submit application
  • What can expect in terms of course load?
    Student can expect to spend 15-20 hours per week on course work MC-ADVPRC Master of Advanced Practice Course Structure Research and Evaluation in Health (MEDS6013) This unit introduces students to the basic principles of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research approaches. Ethical considerations of conducting research, consumer engagement and evaluation of health interventions are also explored. Assessments Written review – identifying ethical issues in unethical study Written analysis – Critiquing a research paper guided by a model Written examination – Multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions Evidence Informed Clinical Practice (NURS5005) This unit takes students through the steps of addressing a clinical research problem. Students explore structured approaches to translate and implement evidence into practice, measure its impact and understand how to ensure sustainability. Assessments Written paper 1 Written paper 2 Health Research Professional Project (HEAL6002) This unit is the final part of the Master of Advanced Practice course, which requires students to identify and complete a small research project. Students will undertake an independent project over a period of one semester. Assessments Project concept Project progress report Project report
  • Do I need to travel to Australia for the program?
    No, you will complete the program online from Canada. You will not need to travel to Australia unless you choose to attend graduation in person. Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc will be your research supervisor in Canada.
  • What is the cost of the program?
    First Semester 2x 25 Credit Point Unit: AUD$4,575 Second Semester 50 Credit Point Unit: AUD$9,150 Total cost of program = AUD $ 18,300 or approximately $16,000 CAD
  • Can I complete the program part-time?
    Yes, students can complete the program part time during the first semester. The first two courses can be taken one at a time. The second semester research course must be complete during the given semester.
  • What will my credentials be when I finish the program?
    Upon completion graduates can use the title M-AdvPrc – WOCNursing
  • Will my degree be recognized in Canada?
    Curtin University is an internationally recognized university. Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities. Graduates will have a Masters in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing. Degrees will be awarded from the faculty of nursing.
  • I received a letter of acceptance, but the University is requesting payment for 200 credits.
    The provided fee information is sourced directly from Pricebook and pertains to a full-time enrollment load of 200 credits. Presently, the pricing details are not manually adjusted for part-time students or those receiving Credit for Recognized Learning (CRL), such as NSWOCs. Consequently, students are presented with fees based on a full load of 200 credits. However, students undertaking less than 200 credits are only required to pay for the units they are completing. NSWOC students receive 100 credits for CRL and are enrolled in 100 credit points throughout the degree program. The total fee for the 2024 academic year amounts to $18,300 AUD. Students have the option to either pay this amount upfront or choose to pay for the units they are enrolled in each semester as outlined in the table below. Steph Robertson is currently working with the admission team to ensure that NSWOC students receive offer letters reflecting the price for 100 credits. Meanwhile, until this matter is resolved, prospective students interested in applying for the program should be advised that the total fee for the course in 2024 is 18,300 Australian dollars. This amount can be further broken down as below: 2024 First Semester (50 Credits) MEDS6013 (25 Credits) AUD$4,575 Research and Evaluation in Health NURS5005 (25 Credits) AUD$4,575 Evidence Informed Clinical Practice Second Semester (50 Credits) HEAL6002 (50 Credits) AUD$9,150 Health Research Professional Project

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2023.


  • A bachelor degree in a related health field with course weighted average of 70%.

  • 3 years work experience.

  • Evidence of Canadian nursing registration.

  • Proof of NSWOC certification.


For more information regarding international enrolment, please email Steph Robertson


For program specific questions, please email Dr. Fatch Kalembo, Course Coordinator – Master of Advanced Practice

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