Master of Health (Neonatal Care)

Become a specialist practitioner in the care of neonates and their families in the context of a multidisciplinary team.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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2 years
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course.

This program is aimed at Registered Nurses and Midwives who are currently working in, or would like to work in, a Special Care Nursery environment, as well as:

  • Registered Nurses working in smaller, mostly rural hospitals who provide backup for midwives in birth suite when caring for compromised newborns, or
  • Registered midwives wanting to refresh their knowledge in caring for the compromised newborn.

This program therefore aims to equip nurses and midwives, some of whom are relatively isolated, with the knowledge and skills to care for unwell neonates in the Special Care Nursery environment, provide initial supportive care to unwell neonates or ongoing care to neonates with mild transient health issues. 

This program is only offered part-time (duration is 4 years). It is also available as a graduate certificate and graduate diploma.


  • Neonatal intensive care nurse
  • Nurse

Successful completion of the Master of Health will enhance your professional standing and provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application as a leader in the nursing practice and knowledge community.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

HEALN6108, 30 credit points
Elective C

Semester 2

HEALN6103, 30 credit points
Elective A

Elective B

Year 2

Semester 1

HEALT6001, 30 credit points
HEALT6002, 30 credit points

Semester 2

The majority of this program is delivered through online learning, supported by face-to-face lab time. There are two blocks per semester. One day per block in Semester 1 and two days per block in Semester 2. These blocks are compulsory with the aim of running through clinical skills.

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

This program requires a total of 80 placement hours. Placement is very flexible and is negotiated individually with each student.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)

An applicant must have successfully completed a three year (minimum) Bachelor level qualification in a related health cognate discipline area.

The HN9.NC Master / HM4.NC Graduate Diploma of Health (Neonatal Care) requires Registered Nurses and Midwives to further develop their knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and leadership in the level 3-5 special care nursery (SCN) setting (Department of Health Victoria SCN levels, or equivalent in other states). Clinical placement will not be provided for this program. Students must be employed in a level 3-5 SCN whilst undertaking this course and provide a letter that confirms employment.

Extra Requirements

Applicants must supply a current resume with their application.

All applicants must complete and submit:
1. Copy/ies of my nursing or midwifery bachelor degree or equivalent
2. Proof of my current AHPRA nursing and/or midwifery registration
3. Completed supplementary application form []

Extra Requirements for Enrolment

1. Completed and signed immunisation status form []

2. Working with Child Check (WWCC)

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HN9

CRICOS code: 097976G

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$4,124 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

While this program does not lead to registration as a health professional, you will enhance your professional standing within your discipline area providing you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application in the nursing practice and knowledge community.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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