Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)
Course summary for local students
|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted||Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)|
|Campus||This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode|
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016||Not applicable|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016||$20,760 - Full-fee paying place|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|Level||Higher 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 overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
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.
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 of study. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load for each year.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP 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 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
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.
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP to assist in paying their tuition fees. For more information about HECS-HELP visit the Study Assist website.
Full-fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to 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 annual course fee shown has been provided as a guide only. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course a student enrols in and the study load (EFTSL) of the units undertaken. The EFSTL value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
To calculate the cost of each unit you can multiply the course price by the EFTSL value of all units undertaken.
The course based fees may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on these course fees to calculate the future cost of their course.
Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP to assist in pay their tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.
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.
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 for the core units of the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner), equivalent to 8 credit points of study include:
|HNN730||Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (1cp)|
|HNN731||Contemporary Nurse Practitioner Role (1cp)|
|HNN780||Quality and Safety in Medication Management (1cp)|
|HNN704||Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice (1cp)|
|HNN749||Patient Safety and Risk Management (1cp)|
|HNN781||Therapeutic Medication Management (1cp)|
|HNN732||Clinical Research Methods (1cp)|
|HNN733||Clinical 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.
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
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.