Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration

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.

Applicants must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and have no restrictions placed on their registration.

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 must 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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicable$20,760$25,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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.

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

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.


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.

Fees - CSPs: More information

CSPs are limited and are dependent on Government funding received by the University. Therefore a CSP is not guaranteed to all domestic students. It is usually given based on prior academic merit.