Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

Postgraduate coursework

Extend your scope of practice as a registered nurse with a Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) at Deakin University. Find out more here.

Domestic student information

Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

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) through 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 are a Registered Nurse with AHPRA

Applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years full-time equivalent experience (FTE) as a registered nurse, three years FTE in a specialty area of practice and one year FTE at an advanced practice level in the relevant speciality area of 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.

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Course structure

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 full time 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 area 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 prior to entry in the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

Core units

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

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning HNN730
  • Contemporary Nurse Practitioner Role HNN731
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management HNN780
  • Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice HNN704
  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Patient Safety and Risk Management HNN749
  • Therapeutic Medication Management HNN781
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Clinical Research Methods HNN732
  • Clinical Excellence in Nurse Practitioner Practice HNN733
  • Note: All units in the Nurse Practitioner sequence must be completed to be eligible for endorsement as Nurse Practitioner.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    H773
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    There are no mandatory student checks for this course.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Students must 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.

    Students will be expected to nominate at least one clinical support person for the duration of their study and provide evidence of organisational support.

    Work experience

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $22,600 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    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.

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
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    Postgraduate bursary

    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.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    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.

    Professional recognition

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Digital Literacy

    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.

    Critical thinking

    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 health assessment, specific for the clinical domain of practice, enhanced by autonomy and accountability.

    Problem Solving

    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.

    Self-management

    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.

    Teamwork

    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.

    Global Citizenship

    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.

     

    Application information

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    Entry pathways

    This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

    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
     +61 3 9251 7777
    health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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