Master of Nursing Practice

Postgraduate coursework

Deepen your leadership, management, specialist theoretical and practice knowledge. Learn more about this postgraduate course and its specialist streams.

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Key facts

Duration

1.5 years full time or up to 4 years part time, depending on your entry point

Campuses

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 20 November 2020 for CSP. Full fee payment places close 14 January 2021 for Critical Care and Perioperative Nursing specialisations and 21 February 2021 for all other specialisations. **

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To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Elevate your nursing career and prepare to take on leadership roles with the Master of Nursing Practice. This degree helps you build the advanced clinical decision-making skills to improve health service delivery in your workplace, with an option to specialise in an area of advanced nursing practice.

Open the door to roles in advanced practice, education, leadership and management, policy and research.

If you want to improve the quality and safety of your patient care, the Master of Nursing Practice can help you take your career to the next level. This flexible degree puts you in control of your learning, with:

  • the opportunity to choose either a coursework or minor thesis pathway
  • an option to complete the course with a specialisation
  • exit points available at both the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma levels, whether you complete a specialisation or not.

Throughout the Master of Nursing Practice, you will be challenged to look at nursing from a new perspective while building your knowledge and skills in leadership, governance, research, education, critical thinking and decision making.

Deakin’s Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) is a leader in clinical care, quality and risk management, and has researchers within six of Victoria’s major health services. Research from QPS is used alongside industry needs to shape the course curriculum. Course material is evidence-based, patient-focused and informed by academics, researchers and clinical experts who are leaders in their fields.

A core coursework unit in the masters degree will introduce you to a range of research methods. This subject will help you build your understanding of research in a clinical context.

You can choose to complete your degree by coursework or, if academic entry requirements are met, undertake research in your clinical practice area with a minor thesis. Undertaking a minor thesis provides a strong foundation for a career in senior nursing roles and may also provide entry to a PhD program.

Whether you are pursuing a senior position in emergency care or want to be a leading voice in nurse education, this course will prepare you for the realities of your role. You’ll graduate ready for careers in areas of nursing education, leadership, management, policy and research.

Specialist streams

If you want to specialise in a particular area of nursing practice, you can choose from the following streams:

  • intensive care
  • cardiac care (including interventional cardiology)
  • emergency care
  • critical care
  • perioperative nursing.

Specialist units are completed at Graduate Certificate (4 core units) and Graduate Diploma (6 core units and 2 electives) levels. You may choose to exit the course at one of these points with a specialist qualification, or continue to complete the full masters degree by completing electives in areas such as leadership and management in nursing and quality and safety in medication management.

To be eligible for a specialist stream, you must independently secure employment of at least 24 hours per week with a collaborating hospital in your chosen specialty area.

Eligible graduates of the Master of Nursing Practice can also seek endorsement as a nurse practitioner via Pathway 2.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Nursing Practice students must attain 12 credit points, chosen from a suite of units. HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery, a 2 credit point unit, is core. Students may choose either the Master of Nursing Practice (Minor Thesis) or Master of Nursing Practice (Coursework) pathway. The Minor Thesis is comprised of 4 credit-points (HNN756 Nursing Research Thesis A, HNN757 Nursing Research Thesis B, HNN758 Nursing Research Thesis C and HNN759 Nursing Research Thesis D). Entry to the minor thesis is offered once academic requirements have been met.

For coursework units, at least 6 of the 12 credit points must normally be level 7 nursing units from the list below. Students are encouraged to select units based on interest and/or relevance to their clinical practice. Please note, among the elective units listed below, four units relate to Diabetes Education. These are HND701 Pathophysiology of Diabetes, HND732 Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts, HND702 Management of Diabetes and HND731 Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals. These units may be taken as electives in the Master of Nursing Practice but do not contribute to a Diabetes Education qualification. If a student wishes to obtain a qualification in Diabetes Education, please seek course advice.

Aside from the units listed below, up to 4 credit points of elective units may be selected from any other postgraduate course at Deakin, providing the student meets the unit entry requirements. Students are encouraged to seek course advice from the Master of Nursing Practice Course Director prior to selecting alternate units.

To be eligible to apply for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner under Pathway 2, students are advised to complete units indicated (**) in the list under Master of Nursing Practice without specialisation. It is assumed students will have completed postgraduate clinical studies to a graduate certificate level, prior to undertaking these units. Further detail about Pathway 2 is available on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website . Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to read this information, in particular, the requirement for 5000 hours of clinical practice at an ‘advanced practice level’ in a specialty relevant to the context for which they are seeking endorsement. Completion of units in the Master of Nursing Practice will not guarantee endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

The Master of Nursing Practice can be undertaken over 1½ years full time or 4 years part-time. Students wishing to seek employment in the specialty practice areas must undertake core specialty units and may exit either at the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma level.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Specialty Practice Critical Care Units

Please note that specialist streams are not available for international students.

Applicants wishing to undertake the intensive care, cardiac care or emergency care or critical care specialty courses at Certificate level in the Master of Nursing Practice must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area. Offers to undertake these specialisations 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

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment
  • Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient
  • Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level
  • Trimester 2

  • Cardiac Care Nursing 1 *
  • Cardiac Care Nursing 2
  • Critical Care Nursing 1 **
  • Critical Care Nursing 2 **
  • Emergency Care Nursing 1 +
  • Emergency Care Nursing 2 +
  • Intensive Care Nursing 1 #
  • Intensive Care Nursing 2 #
  • Advanced Concepts in Specialty Nursing Practice (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level)
  • Master units (core)

  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery *** (2 credit points)
  • Master elective coursework units - maximum 6

    Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources

    Trimester 1

  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Therapeutic Medication Management
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning
  • Healthcare in Low Resource/Complex Environments
  • Trimester 2

  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)
  • Healthcare Management of Vulnerable Populations
  • Thesis units

    All units are available in Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

  • Nursing Research Thesis A
  • Nursing Research Thesis B
  • Nursing Research Thesis C
  • Nursing Research Thesis D
  • * 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

    *** This is a core (compulsory) unit for all students in the Master of Nursing Practice

    Master of Nursing Practice without specialisation

    Master units (core)

  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)***
  • Master elective units - maximum 10

    Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources

    Trimester 1

  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning **
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management **
  • Therapeutic Medication Management **
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning
  • Healthcare in Low Resource/Complex Environments
  • Trimester 2

  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management **
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)
  • Healthcare Management of Vulnerable Populations
  • Thesis units

    All units are available in Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

  • Nursing Research Thesis A
  • Nursing Research Thesis B
  • Nursing Research Thesis C
  • Nursing Research Thesis D
  • *** Core unit for Master of Nursing Practice
    ** Recommended units for students wishing to apply for endorsement as a nurse practitioner via Pathway 2 upon successful completion of the course

    Specialty Practice Perioperative Units

    Applicants wishing to undertake the perioperative specialty stream at Graduate Certificate level in the Master of Nursing Practice 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.

    Please note that specialist streams are not available for international students.

    Specialty units (core)

    Trimester 1

  • Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care
  • Core Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care
  • Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice
  • Trimester 2

  • Principles of Complex Perianaesthesia Nursing Care
  • Principles of Complex Intraoperative Nursing Care
  • Advanced Concepts in Specialty Nursing Practice
  • Master units (core)

  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)***
  • Master elective units - maximum 6

    Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources.

    Trimester 1

  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Therapeutic Medication Management
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning
  • Healthcare in Low Resource/Complex Environments
  • Trimester 2

  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)
  • Healthcare Management of Vulnerable Populations
  • Thesis units

    All units are available in Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

  • Nursing Research Thesis A
  • Nursing Research Thesis B
  • Nursing Research Thesis C
  • Nursing Research Thesis D
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Nursing Practice
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    H771
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    ^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.

    Additional course 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.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Students in specialty courses i.e. critical care, perioperative nursing, intensive care, emergency and cardiac care nursing are employed by health services where a National Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check are required for employment.

    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. For those enrolled in critical care and perioperative courses, you will also be required to attend Burwood (Melbourne) campus - refer to individual unit details in the course structure for more information.

    Participation requirements

    For the units pertaining to specialty courses, there are some on campus requirements. For those students not located close to Deakin Burwood, students are able to join and participate in classroom activities virtually via VMP and other similar technologies.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    For those students undertaking units in the specialty courses, success in the course is contingent on the student having access to a suitable workplace in which to consolidate learning, enhance understanding, demonstrate skills and undertake assessments. Prior to entry to the course, each applicant’s workplace is considered in terms of its suitability and capacity to provide students with the necessary supports. Ongoing support for educators in the workplace is also provided by Deakin staff.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    Non-specialisation

    • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent, AND registration as a registered nurse with relevant statutory registration/licensing body with no conditions or restrictions.
    • Applicants must have 6 months clinical experience as a registered nurse.

    Specialisation

    • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent, AND registration as a registered nurse with AHPRA, with no conditions or restrictions.
    • Applicants must provide evidence of employment in Australia in a relevant specialist area with appropriate clinical supervision for the duration of the course.  

    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.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $24,400 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    Estimated tuition fee - (CSPIn addition to the full fee place information shown above, this course normally offers Commonwealth supported places.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $45,881.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Essential information form

    All Master of Nursing Practice applicants need to complete this essential information form and upload it with their application.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    This course can provide a pathway option to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs. If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points(units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year part-time (4 credit points)

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    The Master of Nursing Practice comprises 12 credit points. Credit for prior learning is based on previous postgraduate qualifications and experience. Credit for prior learning is provided for elective units as per University CPL policy and assessed on case by case basis. There are 10 nested specialist practice courses at Certificate and Diploma level within the Master of Nursing Practice, with at least two intake points per year.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888
    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

     

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The healthcare industry is the largest growing employment industry in Australia. A number of roles within nursing are expected to grow significantly by 2023*, including:

    Graduates of the Master of Nursing Practice will be well placed to take advantage of this demand. Depending on the units you have completed, your expertise will allow you to pursue a range of roles, including:

    • clinical nurse educator
    • clinical nurse specialist
    • associate or unit manager
    • research roles
    • critical care nurse
    • intensive care nurse
    • cardiac care nurse
    • emergency care nurse
    • perioperative nurse
    • anaesthetic nurse.

    Professional recognition

    Nurses employed under the Victorian public hospital award receive a higher duties allowance.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate ethical, safe, high quality, clinical decision making within an interdisciplinary team and psychomotor skills commensurate with general or specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practices and person or client-centred care.

    Communication

    Demonstrate expertise in verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills using discipline-specific language and lay-terms necessary to assess and interpret data, convey ideas, develop plans of care and implement therapeutic interventions to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe general or specialised nursing care to patients/ clients.

    Digital Literacy

    Use appropriate technologies to locate authoritative discipline-specific information and justify the selection of this information; and demonstrate expertise in the ability to evaluate, synthesise and disseminate the information to members of the interdisciplinary health team, and general or specialised patients/clients in an ethical and professional manner.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate expertise in identifying, synthesising, analysing and critically evaluating complex data from multiple sources (e.g. healthcare team members, patients, digital technologies) to inform decision making in general or specialist areas that delivers safe, ethical  high quality nursing care in order to promote optimal patient/client outcomes.

    Problem Solving

    Effectively apply expert nursing knowledge and skills to routine, complex and ill-structured problems in general and specialised settings to achieve optimal patient/client outcomes.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate high level personal autonomy, leadership, expert clinical judgement, professionalism, responsibility, accountability, and reflection as general or specialised nurse.

    Teamwork

    Establish and maintain collaborative professional respectful relationships demonstrating professionalism, expertise, highly developed communication skills, leadership, responsibility and accountability to the interdisciplinary team, patients/clients and carers.

    Global Citizenship

    Display accountability for, and expert professional judgement in behaviours that uphold ethical and legal principles of practice within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.

     

    **If you are not eligible for a CSP place, you will be automatically considered for a FFP place.
    *2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
    #ARWU Rankings 2019
    ~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
    ^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
    ^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)