Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

Course summary for local 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

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$6,152* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
$19,900* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777


School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Enrolments Team

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code H773

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.

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 Domestic students may also be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

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 course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
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

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.

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

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.

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 Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

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).

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.

Credit for prior learning - specific

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.

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

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.