Master of Nursing Practice

Course summary for current students

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Year2014 course information
Award granted Master of Nursing Practice
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1.5 years full time or up to 4 years part time
Deakin course codeH771

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Nursing Practice aims to broaden and deepen your theoretical and practice knowledge and is predicated on the notion that registered nurses should practise in ways that extend beyond the technical and practical concerns of nursing to provide leadership, research-based practice and advanced decision making as part of the multidisciplinary health team. This course, therefore, provides research training as well as leadership and specialty expertise to prepare you for leadership roles, and the requirements to undertake research degrees (such as Masters and PhDs).

The flexible course structure has a strong focus on leadership, quality and risk management, and enables you to choose from several pathway options, thus providing you with the opportunity to tailor your studies to meet your career aspirations. Depending on your desired career direction, you can complete this course via one of the following pathways:

  • leadership and management
  • advanced clinical practice
  • specialty practice (intensive care, cardiac care, emergency care, critical care or perioperative nursing - some areas not available to international students )

If you wish to undertake postgraduate studies in intensive care, cardiac care, emergency care, critical care or perioperative nursing, you will complete the Specialty Practice pathway; and following completion of your specialty practice units, can continue your studies to complete the Master of Nursing Practice if desired. Alternatively, you may wish to exit the Masters program early and only complete a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in your specialty practice area of interest, and either of these options are available to you.

Career opportunities

Deakin’s postgraduate courses have been developed in collaboration with our industry partners, making the teaching relevant to today’s industry needs. After successfully completing your chosen course you will have a qualification that is highly respected by industry and academia, and you will be qualified to gain employment within your chosen specialty in all states and territories of Australia, as well as overseas.

Health care reforms and workforce restructure in Australia, are clearly on the agenda of health policy makers to ensure the health workforce is appropriate for health care delivery in the 21st century. Increasingly it is evident to governments that registered nurses with advanced knowledge, complex decision making skills and clinical competencies for advanced practice can make a significant contribution to health care delivery and the sustainability of the Australian health system. Masters level preparation will further develop nurses’ skills to solve novel problems, think critically, autonomously exercise professional judgement and assume new roles which will enable them to contribute to the provision of safe, high quality, innovative and flexible health care delivery. Nurses with Masters level qualifications, working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, complement care provided by other health professionals, thereby promoting better patient outcomes.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The Master of Nursing Practice comprises 12 credit points of study. At least 8 of the 12 credit points must normally be level 7 nursing units from the list below. Up to 4 credit points may be selected from the elective units listed below or approved units from any postgraduate course at Deakin. Alternatively, students may undertake the 4-credit-point thesis (HNN725 and HNN726), which articulates with PhD studies.

Students wishing to complete the Master of Nursing Practice by research and undertake the 4-credit-point minor thesis must have completed HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points).

Course structure

Leadership and Management

These units are tailored to prepare students with the capacities and capabilities required for an extended role in their clinical domain with a strong focus on leadership, quality and risk management.

Nursing units

Trimester 1

HNN714Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN746Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN749Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2

HNN715Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN727Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)

HNN729Unit description is currently unavailable

Minor thesis (4 credit points)

HNN725Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN726Unit description is currently unavailable

Elective units

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified.

Offering is subject to demand and resources

Trimester 1

HMF701Unit description is currently unavailable ~

HND732Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN709Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN730Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN734Unit description is currently unavailable

~ Note: HMF701 includes a 5 day intensive seminar held in February

Trimester 2

HND731Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN710Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN733Unit description is currently unavailable

Advanced Clinical Practice

This study option will provide students employed in non-specialty acute clinical practice areas (such as general medical/surgical nursing, orthopaedic, gastro-enterology, respiratory or neurology etc.) with the opportunity to extend their practice skills in the areas of advanced patient assessment, clinical decision making and diagnostic reasoning. This pathway will prepare students to meet complex and contemporary challenges in non-specialty practice areas.

Course structure


Nursing units

Trimester 1

HNN730Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN749Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2

HNN715Unit description is currently unavailable

Elective units

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified.

Offering is subject to demand and resources

Trimester 1

HNN709Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN714Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN734Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN746Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN780Unit description is currently unavailable

HND701Unit description is currently unavailable

HND732Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN730Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2

HNN710Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN727Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)

HNN729Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN732Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN733Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN781Unit description is currently unavailable

HND702Unit description is currently unavailable

HND731Unit description is currently unavailable

Thesis units

HNN725Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)

HNN726Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)

Specialty Practice Critical Care Units

Applicants wishing to undertake the intensive care, cardiac care or emergency care specialty streams must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area.  Offers to undertake these specialty streams will not be issued until written confirmation of this support by a collaborating hospital has been received by Deakin University.

Specialty units (core)

Trimester 1

HNN751Unit description is currently unavailable (not available to international students)

HNN752Unit description is currently unavailable (not available to international students)

HNN750Unit description is currently unavailable (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

Trimester 2

HNN765Unit description is currently unavailable * (not available to international students)

HNN775Unit description is currently unavailable * (not available to international students)

HNN767Unit description is currently unavailable ** (not available to international students)

HNN777Unit description is currently unavailable ** (not available to international students)

HNN766Unit description is currently unavailable + (not available to international students)

HNN776Unit description is currently unavailable + (not available to international students)

HNN764Unit description is currently unavailable # (not available to international students)

HNN774Unit description is currently unavailable # (not available to international students)

HNN788Unit description is currently unavailable (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

Elective units - maximum 6

Trimester 1

HNN709Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN714Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN730Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN734Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN746Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN749Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN780Unit description is currently unavailable

HND701Unit description is currently unavailable

HND732Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2

HNN710Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN715Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN727Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)***

HNN729Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN732Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN733Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN781Unit description is currently unavailable

HND702Unit description is currently unavailable

HND731Unit description is currently unavailable

Thesis units

HNN725Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)

HNN726Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)

* Core specialty units for Cardiac Care specialty

** Core specialty units for Critical Care specialty

+ Core specialty units for Emergency Care specialty

# Core specialty units for Intensive Care specialty

*** This unit must be undertaken by students who intend to enrol in the Thesis units

Specialty Practice Perioperative Units

Applicants wishing to undertake the perioperative specialty stream must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area. Offers to undertake these specialty streams will not be issued until written confirmation of this support by a collaborating hospital has been received by Deakin University.

Specialty units (core)

Trimester 1

HNN755Unit description is currently unavailable (not available to international students)

HNN740Unit description is currently unavailable (not available to international students)

HNN741Unit description is currently unavailable (required if taking alterative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

Trimester 2

HNN742Unit description is currently unavailable (not available to international students)

HNN743Unit description is currently unavailable (not available to international students)

HNN744Unit description is currently unavailable (not available to international students)

Elective units - maximum 6

Trimester 1

HNN709Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN714Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN730Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN734Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN746Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN749Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN780Unit description is currently unavailable

HND701Unit description is currently unavailable

HND732Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2

HNN710Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN715Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN727Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)***

HNN729Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN732Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN733Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN745Unit description is currently unavailable

HNN781Unit description is currently unavailable

HND702Unit description is currently unavailable

HND731Unit description is currently unavailable

Thesis units

HNN725Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)

HNN726Unit description is currently unavailable (2 credit points)

*** This unit must be undertaken by students who intend to enrol in the Thesis units