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Overview

If you are a nurse looking for the best educational pathway to improve your ability to provide expert care and your career opportunities as a nurse practitioner, then the University of Newcastle’s Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) may be the program for you.

By expanding your skills and knowledge through this advanced program, coupled with extensive clinical training, you will become a competent and qualified nurse practitioner. With this highly regarded professional qualification, you can broaden your career opportunities, applying your acquired skills and experience in the individual assessment, planning, implementation, diagnosis and evaluation of patient care.

Embarking on the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will see you delve into core knowledge areas such as pharmacotherapeutics, biophysical processes, health research, clinical leadership and management. You will also have the flexibility to explore specialised fields including aged care, mental health, infection control, palliative care and neonatal intensive care. For more information on the courses available, check out the ‘Details’ page.

With your Master’s qualification you will be able to take on more dynamic and challenging positions as a key collaborator in health services or as a policy advisor in the public or private sectors. You will also be able to apply for endorsement by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to enable you to practice as a nurse practitioner.

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 (Nurse Practitioner) at a time that suits you.

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

Admission requirements

Along with the online application form, students wishing to apply for admission to the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) must supply the following documentation:A comprehensive CV that demonstrates how you meet the admission criteria and provides clear evidence of your advanced practice.

  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.

Is it for you?

Are you a nurse looking to enhance and challenge your understanding of the nursing discipline to expand you career opportunities as a nurse practitioner? For the best educational pathway to improve not only your ability to provide expert care but your career opportunities as well, then the University of Newcastle’s Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) may be the program for you.

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will provide you with the advanced theoretical knowledge and comprehensive practical experience to cement your future career as a nurse practitioner. On the job you will take on complex and challenging patient needs, using your newly acquired skills to work at an advanced level.

The strategic combination of theoretical and practical study makes the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program at the University of Newcastle suitable to those already working in the field and wishing to take on new challenges in their career.

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

Career Pathways

With the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) you will have a range of career opportunities ahead of you as a nurse practitioner. You can practice and work autonomously in a specialist  role across the full-specrtrum of advanced nursing specialisations. Further to this, you will be equipped with the knowledge to take on more dynamic and challenging positions which could see you act as a key collaborator within health services or drive policy development in the public or private arena.

As a nurse practitioner, you may become involved with:

  • direct referral of patients to other health care professionals
  • prescribing medications
  • ordering diagnostic investigations
  • assessing and managing patient care
  • research in your chosen field of expertise
  • private practice

Nurse practitioners are strictly governed and guided by four overarching standards as outlined by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council:

Standard 1 - Assesses using diagnostic capabilities
Standard 2 - Plans care and engages others
Standard 3 - Prescribes and implements therapeutic interventions
Standard 4 - Evaluates outcomes and improves practice

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to apply for authorisation by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to work as a nurse practitioner.

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

Specialisations

The University of Newcastle has developed the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) to integrate valuable advanced theoretical knowledge and extensive hands-on experience, providing you with the best educational grounding to advance your career as a nurse practitioner.

The program includes 658 hours of embedded clinical practice in your chosen specialty area, usually at your current place of employment (where feasible). With the help from professional mentors, you will be provided ongoing support and supervision throughout your studies.

The structure includes the study of eight core courses designed to develop and hone your clinical skills in the areas of biophysical processes and health assessment, pharmacotherapeutics and prescribing for advanced nursing practice and health research methods, as well as your clinical leadership and management in practice skills.

Additionally you will have a choice of multiple speciality areas to select three elective courses to compliment your chosen area of focus. Some of the options include stroke rehabilitation, infection control, palliative care and acute and chronic illness in children.

For more information on core courses and your options for specialisation, visit the ‘Details’ page.

To find out more about where the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) 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. 

All applicants must provide a copy practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority and a CV that demonstrates how they meet the admission criteria and provides clear evidence of your advanced practice.

Prior to completing the online application, all applicants must complete an enrolment pack including:

  1. A completed form providing evidence of advanced practice.
  2. Two completed clinical supervisor nomination forms
  3. A completed letter of support and accompanying information from the Head of Department and Employer in your current workplace.

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 studied Master of Nursing (Nusre Practitoner) at University of Newcastle from 2006-2008. I graduated as a Nurse Practitioner in 2012 following a long stay overseas.
I thoroughly recommned this program to Registered Nurses working at an Advanced level wishing to persue this fulfilling career pathway.

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