Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

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Overview

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 specialty of mental health nursing.

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 658 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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Campus Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Commonwealth Supported Places are available in this program.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

12

Program Code

12244

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Career Opportunities

At the completion of this program, you will be able to demonstrate that you meet the Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners as defined by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia. Graduates will be able to advance to Nurse Practitioner roles in mental health in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. Exciting opportunities are also available as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in emergency departments or in Justice Health.  Graduate career earning capacity will also increase as a Nurse Practitioner.

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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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Courses and Details

Program Code 12244
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Description

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 nursing issues and leadership which will support you in your extended role. These studies will provide you with the confidence to work collaboratively as a valuable member of the healthcare team and to know 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 intended for registered nurses who wish to apply for endorsement 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 658 hours of embedded clinical practice in nursing, under the guidance of approved academic and clinical supervisors (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.

Admission Requirements

1. Current registration as a nurse in Australia

2. Completed Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent)

3. Evidence of 5 years full time (or equivalent part time) experience as a registered nurse, minimum of 3 years full time (or equivalent part time) of speciality nursing experience, and minimum 1 year full time (or equivalent part time) experience at an advanced practice level in a specialist area of nursing as recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au.

4. Nomination of two clinical supervisors to be approved by the Program Convenor:

  • a nurse practitioner in the relevant speciality as the primary support team member and if not available a medical practitioner in that speciality
  • a senior nurse clinician or director, nurse educator, nurse specialist in the specific speciality

5. Confirmed workplace support to complete all professional experience requirements of the course, including a minimum of 658 hours of embedded clinical practice in a specialist area of nursing. A template letter of support from your Director of Nursing and Head of Department is attached. Please note you employer is also required to provide corroborating evidence of how all professional experience requirements including role development support will be met.

6. English language skills commensurate with requirements of registration as a nurse (IELTS).

7. Active member of a professional nursing organisation(s) (e.g. Royal College of Nursing Australia, College of Emergency Nursing, College of Mental Health Nurses) and/or the applicant’s speciality nursing organisation

8. Demonstrated contribution to the ongoing development of the profession.

9. Access to a computer with high speed broadband or wireless access to the internet for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Students required to access enrolment pack from GradSchool website or from Program Convenor and in addition to online application submit the following:

  • A comprehensive CV that demonstrates how you meet the admission criteria and  provides clear evidence of your advanced practice - this needs to include your current role description
  • Completed form providing evidence of advanced practice and confirmation that you currently have access to sufficient direct client care to meet the clinical requirements for the program
  • Two  completed clinical supervisor nomination forms
  • A completed letter of support and accompanying information from the Head of Department and Employer in your current workplace.

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Registration: Current registration as a nurse in Australia.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

English language skills commensurate with requirements of registration as a nurse are required (IELTS).

Compulsory Industrial Experience/Placement

Students must undertake a minimum of 658 hours of embedded clinical practice in a specialist area of nursing. This experience will be located at the student's regular place of work.

Requirements and Structure

Students enrolled in this program are required to complete 120 units in total, including: 80 units of Core courses, 30 units of Directed courses and 10 units of either PUBH6210 or BIOS6910.

The recommended intake for this program is Trimester 1 or 2.

The following on campus attendance is required:

  • (2 days) -  Orientation at the commencement of the program
  • (5 days) - NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment
  • (2 days) - NURS6031 Therapeutic Engagement and Psychosocial Interventions
  • On campus attendance is also required for clinical viva assessment

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6061 Contemporary Mental Health Nursing Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
20 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PHAR6702 Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics for Clinical Practice Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses Group A

Directed Courses: Choose 30 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6145 Motivating Health Behaviour Change Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6295 Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6035 Therapeutic Engagement & Psychosocial Interventions Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6055 Mental Health Nursing in Acute Care Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6085 Forensic Mental Health Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6095 Mental Health Nursing in Community Settings Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses Group B

Directed Courses: Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Students are required to nominate a minimum of two clinical supervisors with their application.  These two clinical supervisors should be:

  • A nurse practitioner in the relevant specialty as the primary support team member and if not available a medical practitioner in that specialty.
  • A senior nurse clinician or director, nurse educator or nurse specialist in the specific specialty.  A nurse unit manager is not usually considered to be an appropriate nursing supervisor unless the manager has specific clinical qualifications and recent experience in the specialty area of clinical practice.

The clinical supervisor/s should be colleagues of the student and be available to provide a minimum of one hour per week in focused supervision throughout the period of time in which the student is undertaking the core courses in the program (PUBH6210, NURS6160, NURS6620, NURS6621, NURS6622, NURS6623, PHAR 6701, PHAR6702). Clinical supervisors are also required to be readily available on the rostered shift each week when the student is undertaking the embedded clinical practice required for the program.  Regular communication with the supervisor will include face to face, telephone and video conferencing depending upon the student’s clinical environment/location.  The two primary supervisors will be required to assess the student’s competency on completion of each of the courses listed above using the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC) Nurse Practitioner Standards.  They may also be invited to participate in the student’s final clinical viva examination.

Review after 60 units to assess academic and clinical progress and advise in regard to remediation needed to increase likelihood of successful completion of program.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of the program are eligible to seek credentialling as mental health nurses under the Credentialing for Practice Program of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Information on professional recognition can be found at the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners http://www.acnp.org.au/index.html

Why study with us?

Mental health nurses experienced and qualified to work in advanced practice roles are in very short supply in Australia and many other countries at a time in which innovative models of care are being introduced in public and private health services. The career development prospects for this exciting specialist field of nursing are thus excellent. In line with these new developments in mental health care, the main focus of the Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is on advanced clinical practice at nurse practitioner level. The intention is to produce graduates who will be able to work effectively as mental health nurse practitioners in any health care location.

The program is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery in partnership with the three other contributing Schools within the Faculty of Health and Medicine - Medicine and Public Health, Health Sciences and Biomedical Sciences. This has allowed collaboration in the planning of the program and ensures that students have access to excellent resource materials and staff in the key areas of pathology, medical imaging, pharmacology and clinical nursing. Teaching is shared between academic staff from various disciplines within the Faculty and conjoint academic staff who are expert clinicians in their specialty area of practice.
The combination of on-line learning, embedded clinical practice and face-to-face workshops offers flexibility and accessibility enabling students from rural and remote areas to access this program.

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 the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

A maximum of 30 Units for a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Newcastle OR up to a maximum of 60 Units for a Master of Mental Health Nursing (from the University of Newcastle) for courses completed that are common to the Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Credit for qualifications gained from other institutions will be assessed on an individual basis.

Special Needs

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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