Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

Course summary for local students

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

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

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$20,760 - 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 H773

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Extend your scope of practice as a registered nurse and your theoretical knowledge as it relates to your specialty practice setting.

This course lets you plan a course of study that supports your chosen career path in the specialty practice of your clinical domain. The Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) (equivalent to 12 credit points) is designed to prepare you for a higher level of clinically focused care required for autonomous practice with capability in research, education and leadership. Following successful course completion, you will be eligible to apply for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner, through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) also equips you to undertake research degree studies.

Admission standards include that you hold a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent approved qualification and a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. You are required to have a minimum of five years full-time experience (FTE) as a Registered Nurse, including three years FTE in a specialty area and one year FTE at an advanced practice level in your speciality practice.

During course enrolment you will be required to undertake clinical practice for your specialty domain, for at least 20 hours each week to support the extension of your advanced practice role. You will also be required to maintain records such as placement agreements, your placement experiences, assessment for competency; and clinical supervision.

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 considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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

To complete the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) students must attain 12 credit points and 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

Core units

Course structure for the core units of the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner), equivalent to 8 credit points of study, and where two units of study are completed concurrently. This load is part time. The course structure is:

Year 1 - Trimester 1

HNN730Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (1cp)

HNN731Contemporary Nurse Practitioner Role (1cp)

Year 1 - 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)

Year 2 - 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.


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.

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.

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

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


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.

Workload

As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

Work experience

During course enrolment you will be required to undertake clinical practice for your specialty domain, for at least 20 hours each week to support the extension of your advanced practice role. You will also be required to maintain records such as placement agreements, your placement experiences, assessment for competency; and clinical supervision.