Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes

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

Deakin course codeH773

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Course is under review in 2015 and may be subject to change

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) aims to extend the scope of practice of registered nurses, as well as broaden and deepen your theoretical knowledge as it relates to your specialty practice setting.

This course enables you to select from a range of units to plan a course of study that supports your chosen career path in the clinical domain of nursing or midwifery. The Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) also contains core units of study to support your application for endorsement as a nurse practitioner by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

This course will provide opportunity for you to develop knowledge and skills in research and equips you to undertake research degree studies. This course supports nurses with career aspirations to extend their practice as a nurse practitioner.

You should be working as a registered nurse on at least a half-time basis while undertaking the core units of study. During the course, evidence of role extension must be maintained as specified by the AHPRA for endorsement as a nurse practitioner.

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.

Department of Human Services policy

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.

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 undertaken
  • 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 (Nurse Practitioner) comprises 12 credit points (cp) and normally may be taken over either a minimum of 2 years or up to 4 years part time study.

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.

Course structure

Course structure for the core units of the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner), equivalent to 8 credit points of study include:

Year 1

Trimester 1

HNN730Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (1cp)

HNN731Contemporary Nurse Practitioner Role (1cp)

Trimester 2

HNN780Quality and Safety in Medication Management (1cp)

HNN704Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice (1cp)

Year 2

Trimester 1

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management (1cp)

HNN781Therapeutic Medication Management (1cp)

Trimester 2

HNN732Clinical Research Methods (1cp)

HNN733Clinical Excellence in Nurse Practitioner Practice (1cp)

Note: All units in the Nurse Practitioner sequence, together with the Medication modules, must be completed to be eligible for endorsement as Nurse Practitioner.

If an applicant does not have a Graduate Diploma qualification, it is recommended that they enrol in six units of study from the following list of units prior to undertaking the Nurse Practitioner sequence of core units.

Nursing units (each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise stated)

Trimester 1

HNN714Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

HNN746Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care

Trimester 2

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing

HNN727Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)

Elective units (a maximum of 2 credit points)

Trimester 1

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

Trimester 2

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Income support

Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.