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Master of Nursing Practice

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Nursing Practice
Campus

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode^

Length1.5 years full time or up to 4 years part time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$6,152 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
$19,920 - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

OR

School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Enrolments Team

Deakin course code H771

^Specialty practice courses Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Nursing Practice (Intensive Care, Cardiac Care – including Interventional Cardiology, Emergency Care, Critical Care, Perioperative) are offered in Cloud (online) mode with significant campus requirements at Burwood (Melbourne)

 

FEES: Course fees are unit based; those students who study part-time or who exit early after completion of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma will incur costs only for the units undertaken.

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 (including interventional cardiac nursing), 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.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to deakin.edu.au/fees.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

 

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the first 8 credit points of study within the Master of Nursing Practice course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline. Costs vary when students undertake units making up the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice or Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice.


The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.


Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

 

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.

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Course rules

The Master of Nursing Practice comprises 12 credit points of study, two of which are core: HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2credit points). At least 6 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) prior to enrolling in HNN725 Research Thesis A and HNN726 Research Thesis B.

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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

 

HNN714 Ethical Dimensions of Nursing  

HNN746 Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care  

HNN749 Patient Safety and Risk Management  

 

Trimester 2

HNN715 Leadership and Management in Nursing  

HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery  (2 credit points)

 

Minor thesis (4 credit points)

HNN725 Research Thesis A  

HNN726 Research Thesis B  

 

Elective units

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified.

Offering is subject to demand and resources


Trimester 1

HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine  ~

HND732 Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts  

HNN730 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning  

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

 

Trimester 2

HND731 Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals  

HNN733 Advanced Practice Development  

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

 

HNN730 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning  

HNN749 Patient Safety and Risk Management  

 

Trimester 2

HNN715 Leadership and Management in Nursing  

HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery  

 

Elective units

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified.

Offering is subject to demand and resources

 

Trimester 1

HNN714 Ethical Dimensions of Nursing  

HNN746 Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care  

HNN780 Quality and Safety in Medication Management  

HND701 The Pathophysiology of Diabetes  

HND732 Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts  

HNN730 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning  

 

Trimester 2

HNN732 Advanced Clinical Decision Making  

HNN733 Advanced Practice Development  

HNN781 Therapeutic Medication Management  

HND702 Management of Diabetes  

HND731 Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals  

 

Thesis units

HNN725 Research Thesis A  (2 credit points)

HNN726 Research Thesis B  (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.

 

Students must be employed on a permanent basis undertaking at least 24 hours clinical practice per week in their specialty area.

 

Specialty units (core)

 

Trimester 1

HNN751 Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment  (not available to international students)

HNN752 Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient  (not available to international students)

HNN750 Inquiry Into Critical Care Nursing Practice  (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

 

Trimester 2

HNN765 Cardiac Care Nursing 1  * (not available to international students)

HNN775 Cardiac Care Nursing 2  * (not available to international students)

HNN767 Critical Care Nursing 1  ** (not available to international students)

HNN777 Critical Care Nursing 2  ** (not available to international students)

HNN766 Emergency Care Nursing 1  + (not available to international students)

HNN776 Emergency Care Nursing 2  + (not available to international students)

HNN764 Intensive Care Nursing 1  # (not available to international students)

HNN774 Intensive Care Nursing 2  # (not available to international students)

HNN788 Advanced Concepts in Specialty Practice  (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

 

Master units (core)

HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery  (2 credit points)***

 

Master elective units - maximum 6

 

Trimester 1

HNN714 Ethical Dimensions of Nursing  

HNN730 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning  

HNN746 Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care  

HNN749 Patient Safety and Risk Management  

HNN780 Quality and Safety in Medication Management  

HND701 The Pathophysiology of Diabetes  

HND732 Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts  

 

Trimester 2

HNN715 Leadership and Management in Nursing  

HNN732 Advanced Clinical Decision Making  

HNN733 Advanced Practice Development  

HNN781 Therapeutic Medication Management  

HND702 Management of Diabetes  

HND731 Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals  

 

Thesis units

HNN725 Research Thesis A  (2 credit points)

HNN726 Research Thesis B  (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

*** Core unit for Master of Nursing Practice (by minor thesis or coursework). This core unit must be undertaken by students who intend to graduate with a Master of Nursing Practice (by minor thesis or coursework)

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.

 

Students must be employed on a permanent basis undertaking at least 24 hours clinical practice per week in their specialty area.

 

Specialty units (core)

 

Trimester 1

HNN755 Principles of Anaesthesia and Post Anaesthesia Nursing Care 1  (not available to international students)

HNN740 Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care 1  (not available to international students)

HNN741 Nursing Inquiry for Specialist Practice  (required if taking alterative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

 

Trimester 2

HNN742 Principles of Anaesthesia and Post Anaesthesia Nursing Care 2  (not available to international students)

HNN743 Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care 2  (not available to international students)

HNN744 Specialty Perioperative Practice 1  (not available to international students)

 

Master units (core)

HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery  (2 credit points)***

 

Master elective units - maximum 6

 

Trimester 1

HNN714 Ethical Dimensions of Nursing  

HNN730 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning  

HNN746 Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care  

HNN749 Patient Safety and Risk Management  

HNN780 Quality and Safety in Medication Management  

HND701 The Pathophysiology of Diabetes  

HND732 Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts  

 

Trimester 2

HNN715 Leadership and Management in Nursing  

 

HNN732 Advanced Clinical Decision Making  

HNN733 Advanced Practice Development  

HNN745 Speciality Perioperative Practice 2  

HNN781 Therapeutic Medication Management  

HND702 Management of Diabetes  

HND731 Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals  

 

Thesis units

HNN725 Research Thesis A  (2 credit points)

HNN726 Research Thesis B  (2 credit points)

 

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

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Entry requirements - general

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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should normally possess a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and must be nurses registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority, with a minimum of 12 months recent clinical experience.

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Selection criteria

As the Specialty pathways courses are offered collaboratively between the University and a range of partnership/ collaborating hospitals, student selection into the course is a joint process. Students must independently apply for and seek permanent employment within a collaborating hospital to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment for the clinical program requirements of the course. Where concurrent employment is not possible, clinical practicums may be negotiated.

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Credit for prior learning - general

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.

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Credit for prior learning - specific

Students holding an approved specialist certificate from the former Nurses Board of Victoria may apply for up to four credit points of credit for prior learning towards the Masters.

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

 

For further information on this course and how to apply, please contact the School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Enrolments Team

 

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