Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice)

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Program Code 11682
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Online
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Description

The Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) is an AQF level 9 Masters Coursework program which is intended for registered nurses who wish to prepare themselves at an advanced level for leadership in clinical nursing practice and education. The focus is on clinical practice and the program allows for specialisation in selected areas of nursing, and in-depth study of a selected topic relevant to nursing practice. In particular, the program is designed for registered nurses who wish to practice at an advanced clinical level as clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants, or clinical nurse educators. The program requires completion of 80 units and consists of Core, Directed and Special Interest Courses. The program has a clinical practice focus. It allows focus on special interest in selected areas of nursing such as Acute Care, Older Person Nursing, and Child, Youth and Family Nursing. Students must complete the courses from the approved special interest areas to ensure special interest acknowledgement. A number of the courses listed are offered in partnership with Hunter New England Local Health District including Mental Health and the Centre for Education and Nursing Research in Child Health [CENRiCH]).

Why study with us?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle is a world leader in online education.  The Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) is designed and delivered to conveniently fit with the busy scheduled of contemporary nurses and is offered via a team of advanced practice clinicians and clinical academics from across a number of disciplines. The program requires completion of 80 units and consists of a number of core and directed courses. The program is offered online via GradSchool.com.

The sciences of health care and evidenced-based models of practice are continually evolving requiring advanced practice. Recognition is growing internationally that the quality of patient care is enhanced through advanced nursing care and leadership. As the number of patients with multiple and complex conditions increases globally, more nurses with advanced clinical skills and leadership are needed to manage patients at the ‘front-line’.

Career progression today is highly competitive requiring nurses to be continually upgrading and advancing their knowledge and skill-base aligned to evidence.  The Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) through the University of Newcastle is the perfect program of study to expand your knowledge and advance your practice and career. The course is flexible and designed for nurses working within urban, rural, or remote environments and also for nurses who are internationally based.

The intention is to produce graduates who will be able to work effectively at an advanced nursing practice level and move seamlessly across primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care within the public and private health care sectors.

The Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) is recognised as a leading course in preparing nurses for advanced care roles including clinical nurse specialist, clinical nurse consultants and clinical nurse educators.

If you have a Bachelor degree in nursing and have completed Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related area of nursing practice and can provide a portfolio demonstrating evidence of relevant clinical and academic studies, the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) at the University of Newcastle will enable you to achieve the necessary academic and clinical skills to practice in an advanced nursing practice role and provide you with a qualification that is recognised globally.

Offered predominantly online, this advanced program will develop your skills, theoretical knowledge and ability to apply this knowledge in professional settings, and to advance your career in a diverse range of advanced nursing roles.

Career Opportunities

Advanced practice nurses work in a wide variety of primary, secondary and tertiary service locations, in both the public and private sectors. Recognition is growing internationally into the value that advanced nursing positions provide to the quality of patient.  As the number of patients with multiple and complex conditions increases globally, more nurses with advanced clinical skills and leadership are needed to manage patients at the ‘front-line’.

If you would like to extend your studies to further build on your advanced nursing practice and to prepare yourself to meet the complex demands of contemporary health care, you may consider continuing on to study the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice).

Admission Requirements

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) entry levels:

  • AQF Level 8 applicants will possess a Bachelor of Nursing degree and Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing or related studies
  • Currently hold a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority

  • AQF Level 7 applicants will possess a Bachelor of Nursing degree with a minimum of 3 years continuous practice within a specialist area of nursing

  • Currently hold a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority
  • Provide a portfolio demonstrating advanced continuing professional development and education in a specialist area of nursing and related professional areas.

  • AQF Level 6 applicants will possess an Advanced Diploma (hospital based training equivalent) with a minimum of 8> years-experience

  • Currently hold a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority
  • Provide a portfolio demonstrating advanced continuing professional development and education in a specialist area of nursing and related professional areas.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit

International Students

The program will be available to international students studying off-shore. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Strategies for program-specific online student support will be developed in consultation with participating students. Additionally, students will be encouraged to avail themselves of existing University support networks and services. One course has provision for an intensive, on-site workshop. International students will not be eligible to enrol in this course and are advised to check the requirements for all courses before enrolling.

Special Needs

The University policy on Students with Special Needs is implemented at all times. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program

Requirements and Structure

Qualification for the award of Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) requires 80 units of course work undertaken over 1.5 to 2 years part time.  All students complete the 3 core courses (30 units).  Students wishing to study in one of the special interest areas,  Acute Care; Child, Youth and Family; or Older Person Nursing are required to complete the 3 Core Courses (30 units), 1 course from the Directed Courses List A (10 units); and 4 courses from the one of the special interest focus areas (40 units).  All other students complete the 3 core courses (30 units) and 5 courses (50 units) from the directed courses. The award of Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) requires completion of 80 units of study.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6120 Contemporary Nursing Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 50 units from List A
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A
List A
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment Of Drug/Alcohol Use
List A
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management
List A
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6801 Primary Health Care
List A
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6802 Contemporary Issues in Chronic Disease Management
List A
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice
List A
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment
List A International students are not eligible to enrol in this course.
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 20 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A
List A. Only available to M Midwifery Studies; M. Nursing (NP); M. MHN (NP); M. Applied Mgmt (Nursing); M. Nursing (AP); M. MHN students.
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B
List A. Only available to M Midwifery Studies; M. Nursing (NP); M. MHN (NP); M. Applied Mgmt (Nursing); M. Nursing (AP); M. MHN students. Prior successful completion NURS6621
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice
List A
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice
List A
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context
List A
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control
List A
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Practice
List A. Only available to M Midwifery Studies; M. Nursing (NP); M. MHN (NP); M. Nursing (AP); M. MHN students.
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

Acute Care Nursing

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 40 units from your area of Special Interest and 10 units from List A
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice
List B
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6771 Professional Development in a Practice Context
List B
Not currently offered 10 units
NURS6772 Specialty Nursing A
List B
Not currently offered 10 units
NURS6773 Specialty Nursing B
List B
Not currently offered 10 units

Child Youth and Family Nursing

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 40 units from your area of Special Interest and 10 units from List A
NURS6811 Assessment: The Neonate, Child, Young Person & Family
List B
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6814 Pregnancy Birth and the Family
List B
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6815 Special Care of the Newborn
List B
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6816 Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
List B
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6820 Acute and Chronic Illness in Children
List B
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

Older Person Nursing

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 40 units from your area of Special Interest and 10 units from List A
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People
List B
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6190 Issues in Aged Care
List B
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6250 The Experience of Ageing
List B
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice
List B
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units