Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

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The Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program is designed to prepare expert nurses for the autonomous role of the nurse practitioner in the speciality of mental health nursing. If you are already highly skilled then you may aspire to becoming a nurse practitioner in mental health.

In this program, you will further develop your skills in health assessment and differential diagnosis within a holistic nursing model of care. You will undertake studies in pharmaco-therapeutics, research, contemporary mental health nursing issues and leadership which will support you in your extended role. These studies will provide you with the confidence to work as a valuable member of the healthcare team and feel that you are really making a vital contribution to your client's health outcome.This program requires the successful completion of 120 units of study.

The program is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. It is intended for registered nurses who wish to apply for authorisation by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to work as a nurse practitioner, or who may wish to present the qualification to authorities in other states or countries. The program includes a minimum of 600 hours of embedded clinical practice in mental health nursing, under the guidance of approved academic and clinical mentors (approved by the Program Convenor). This clinical practice is undertaken in the student's normal place of work. It is expected that the student's employment is accredited with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) or similar.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The average course and programs costs listed on this page are the tuition costs for full fee paying students. Students with a graduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) pay a contribution towards the cost of their postgraduate education. The Australian Government pays the balance of the tuition costs.

Details of student contributions for CSP places are provided by the University of Newcastle Students Financials and Scholarships unit.

Admission requirements

Along with the online application form, students wishing to apply for admission to the Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) must supply the following documentation:

  1. A comprehensive CV that demonstrates how you meet the admission criteria and provides clear evidence of your advanced practice.
  2. A completed form providing evidence of advanced practice.
  3. Two completed clinical supervisor nomination forms
  4. A completed letter of support and accompanying information from the Head of Department and Employer in your current workplace.

An enrolment pack containing all required information and forms can be downloaded here

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