2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
Extend your advanced practice as a registered nurse in your specialty field and your theoretical knowledge.
This course lets you plan a course of study that supports your chosen career path in the specialty field of your clinical domain. The Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) (equivalent to 12 credit points) is designed to prepare you for a higher level of clinically focused care required for autonomous practice with capability in research, education and leadership. Following successful course completion, you will be eligible to apply for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner, through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) also equips you to undertake research degree studies.
Admission standards include that you hold a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent approved qualification and a Registered Nurse with AHPRA of the NMBA. You are required to have a minimum of five years full-time experience (FTE) as a Registered Nurse, including three years FTE in a specialty area and one year FTE at an advanced practice level in your speciality practice.
During course enrolment you will be required to undertake clinical practice for your specialty domain, for at least 20 hours each week to support the extension of your advanced practice role. You will also be required to maintain records such as placement agreements, your placement experiences, assessment for competency; and clinical supervision.Read More
To complete the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) students must attain 12 credit points and may be taken over either a minimum of 2 years or up to 4 years part time study.
Applicants are required to hold a postgraduate qualification in a specialty field as preparation for advanced practice.
Credit for prior learning will be considered on an individual basis for applicants who have completed postgraduate tertiary studies.
A minimum of five years appropriate postgraduate experience, three years full time equivalent experience in a specialty area of practice, and one year full time equivalent at an advanced level in a specialty are of practice is required as per Admission and Selection requirements.
Applicants are required to hold a postgraduate qualification in a specialty field that has prepared them for advanced practice.
Course structure for the core units of the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner), equivalent to 8 credit points of study, and where two units of study are completed concurrently. This load is part time. The course structure is:
Year 1 - Trimester 1
Year 1 - Trimester 2
Year 2 - Trimester 1
Year 2 - Trimester 2
Note: All units in the Nurse Practitioner sequence, together with the Medication modules, must be completed to be eligible for endorsement as Nurse Practitioner.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Students should be engaged in practice for their clinical domain as a registered nurse or midwife on at least a half-time basis while undertaking the Nurse Practitioner sequence of core units of study. During the course, evidence of role extension must be maintained as specified by the NMBA, for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.
During course enrolment you will be required to undertake clinical practice for your specialty domain, for at least 20 hours each week to support the extension of your advanced practice role. You will also be required to maintain records such as placement agreements, your placement experiences, assessment for competency; and clinical supervision.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years full-time equivalent (“FTE”) experience as a registered nurse in a specialty area and one year FTE at an advanced practice level in the relevant specialty area of practice.
Applicants must have the requisite education or equivalent in a specialty field as entry to the nurse practitioner program – Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and Postgraduate qualification in a specialty field that has prepared the student for advanced practice (either as a pre-requisite or integrated into the Masters degree).
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.
* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to work within collaborative multidisciplinary frameworks to provide the highest quality and standard of care.
On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for endorsement as a nurse practitioner from AHPRA through the NMBA.
Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for endorsement is subject to meeting the requirements of the NMBA. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply knowledge, research and theory to demonstrate expert judgement as a Nurse Practitioner.
Extend advanced nursing practice and knowledge according to the Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice and other professional practice guidelines to meet endorsement requirements.
|Engage in ongoing leadership roles and responsibilities supported by effective communication with nurses, colleagues and other health professionals; for health policy encompassing the clinical domain and practice setting, state and federal governments as well as professional organisations.|
|Use digital technologies to collect and select information using critical evaluation, research skills and evidence-based practice for the improvement of health outcomes of the patient/client and advancement of services.|
Critically assess, plan, evaluate and reflect on practice as a Nurse Practitioner to discern and disseminate research in a professional capacity.
Apply advanced critical and analytical thinking in skill health assessment, specific for the clinical domain of practice, enhanced by autonomy and accountability.
|Integrate evidence based practice, interdisciplinary knowledge and skills required for planning, implementation, management and evaluation of the effectiveness of individualised health care for the patient/client, applying problem-solving strategies for the delivery of the best possible care.|
|Monitor and evaluate clinical proficiency, autonomy and accountability of practice supported by reflection on own practice to identify learning needs supported by continuing professional development.|
|Practice in a Nurse Practitioner role by applying referral and collaboration processes with colleagues and other health professionals; and embody a patient/client advocacy responsibility through collaborative care.|
Apply professionalism in the Nurse Practitioner role through an in-depth understanding of the diverse needs of the Australian community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, using legal, ethical, socio-cultural and political dimensions for effective health care delivery.
How to apply
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Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Normal University regulations and guidelines will pertain to students who apply for credit for prior learning. The Deakin University policy on credit for prior learning states that students will be provided with the maximum credit for relevant approved post-secondary study, or informal learning, which exceeds the normal entry requirements for the relevant course. This may include previous completed or incomplete degrees, diplomas, TAFE awards
In all cases, credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with a maximum credit granted being consistent with University policy and the guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning as approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Faculty contact information
Health - Student and Academic Services
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