Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice)

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As a high achieving nurse, your commitment to continuous learning and development will see you take your nursing career to new heights with the University of Newcastle’s Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice). Recognising the changing environment of the nursing field, the program will equip you to face the exciting challenges of 21st century health care in the areas of clinical leadership, advanced evidenced-based practice and inter-professional education.

As a registered nurse, you will have the opportunity to further develop your individual areas of interest whilst exploring and learning to adapt to the challenging and constantly changing landscape of professional nursing. Through the study of social, cultural, economic and political influences surrounding nursing and health care in general, you will be prepared  to provide advanced clinical knowledge and advice across the full spectrum of healthcare settings.  At the completion of your studies you will be able to undertake roles such as a clinical nurse specialist, clinical nurse researcher, clinical nurse consultant,  or clinical educator.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

If you are looking to develop and enhance your advanced nursing knowledge into new and more specialised areas to ultimately take on more challenging nursing roles, the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) could be the program for you.

This advanced program can develop your skills in health assessment, complex problem solving and therapeutic management. You will also be able to hone your ability to communicate within an interdisciplinary team, , work autonomously in an advanced clinical  leadership role , participate in organisational, social and cultural change and effectively educate others.

With the opportunity to specialise your study and strengthen your existing capabilities, the program draws on both clinical theory and practical application delivered by clinical experts in their fields.

The University of Newcastle’s program focuses on core specialty fields including:

  • acute care
  • child, youth and family nursing
  • older person nursing.

The knowledge and skills you will learn throughout the course will support your ability to provide culturally competent and advanced practice in clinical leadership, clinical research  or inter-professional education in in your chosen specialty field.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.


To significantly heighten your expertise in your chosen nursing specialisation, the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) will prepare you for challenging and specialised leadership roles facing healthcare in the 21st century.

Delivered online, the program has a core focus on providing you with comprehensive and relevant specialisation options. With the core specialisations purposefully structured to help you achieve the best career outcome for you, you will be provided with the best possible educational grounding to meet your career objectives.

The core of the program will see you study courses such as infection control, leading change in practice, stroke management and rehabilitation, and teaching and learning in the clinical context. To specialise your qualifications, you can choose from the following areas of study:

  • Acute care
    This specialisation will see you focussed on the acute phase of illness and injury management. You will have the knowledge to address the complex clinical side of patient care, through the study of courses such as the clinical assessment of drug and alcohol problems and symptom management.
  • Child, youth and family nursing
    You will investigate key areas such as pregnancy, birth and the family, special care of the newborn, neonatal intensive care nursing, and acute and chronic care of children.
  • Older person nursing
    Caring for aged persons within our community takes a special type of commitment and by focusing your elective courses in this area, you will develop a solid knowledge base in areas such as mental health nursing in older people, issues in aged care, the experience of aging and palliative care in practice.

To find out more about where the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.


At the completion of the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) at the University of Newcastle you will be able to take on advanced roles in nursing care such as a clinical nurse specialist, researcher, consultant or educator. These roles are outlined by their core responsibilities below.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

As a clinical nurse specialist you will provide advanced practice in specialist areas of healthcare.

Your role may also include being a mentor and educator of trainee nurses and new staff members, providing guidance when needed.

Clinical Research

As a clinical research nurse you will undertake and lead applied clinical research. In this role you will need to keep up with to date with current and emerging trends in the health care field so the healthcare environment  you work for is providing best practice care to its patients.

Clinical Nurse Consultant

As a clinical nurse consultant you are responsible for connecting patients to the healthcare unit. Working as part of a team of healthcare professionals, you will manage your own caseload, consult and educate patients/consumers and other health professionals on health care practice and advanced practice.

Clinical Nurse Educator

As a nurse educator you will ultimately be responsible for teaching and learning in a clinical setting. This may include the design, research, implementation and evaluation of nurse education, clinical competencies and inter-professional development.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) visit the ‘Details’ tab.

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I am currently completing this program and have 2 units to go.  Thus far the experience has been fantastic! UON is the 4th university I have studied at and the on-line learning environment is great! Text books are delivered to your door (don’t need to find and buy yourself) obtaining credit for previous work was uncomplicated and the initially generic looking units offered can be tailored to your professional needs and interests.  Its offered in trimesters which means no doing nothing for half the year! Minimal BS from student centre/support. Post Grad Nursing a UON - for those whose sense is common!

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