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Overview

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.

Career Pathways

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.

Specialisations

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.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Registered Nurse with Honours or a postgraduate qualification such as Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; are eligible for admission to the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) and should ensure that certified copies of academic transcripts are included with their application.

If you have a completed Bachelor of Nursing, and are yet to complete postgraduate study, please ensure that certified copies of undergraduate academic transcripts are included with your application. You must also provide details of a minimum of one year's experience (documented in a professional curriculum vitae)

If you are a hospital trained nurse, please provide details of a minimum of eight year's experience (documented in a professional curriculum vitae).

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

All applicants must provide a copy practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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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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