Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice)

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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 Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice). Recognising the changing environment of the nursing field, this 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.

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Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online

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Number of Courses
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Program Code

11682

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Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location
Online
Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Program Code

11682

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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:

  • 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.

What Will You Study

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:

  • 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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to advance to Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Consultant and Nurse Unit Manager roles to build their career choices and earning capacity. Graduate career earning capacity may also increase as an advanced practice nurse.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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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.

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice)? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master.

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing, please visit the program page.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 11682
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
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Description

The Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) is intended for registered nurses who wish to prepare themselves at an advanced level for leadership in clinical nursing practice and education.The focus is on clinical practice and the program allows for specialisation in selected areas of nursing, and in-depth study of a selected topic relevant to nursing practice. In particular, the program is designed for registered nurses who wish to practice at an advanced clinical level as clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants, or clinical nurse educators.

The program requires completion of 80 units and consists of Core, Directed Specialisation Courses. The program has a clinical practice focus and allows for specialisation in selected areas of nursing. Streams and areas of specialisation are available in Older Person Nursing, and Child, Youth and Family Nursing. Students must complete the courses approved for each specialisation to ensure specialisation acknowledgement.

A number of the courses listed are offered in partnership with Hunter New England Local Health District (including Mental Health and the Centre for Education and Nursing Research in Child Health [CENRiCH]).

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurse with Honours or a postgraduate qualification such as Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or a minimum of one year’s experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae. 

 

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

Requirements and Structure

Qualification for the award of Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) requires 80 units of course work undertaken over 1.5 to 2 years part time.  All students complete the 3 core courses (30 units).  Students wishing to study in one of the  special interest areas, Child, Youth and Family; or Older Person Nursing are required to complete the 3 Core Courses (30 units), 1 course from the Directed Courses List  A (10 units); and 4 courses from the one of the special interest focus areas  (40 units).  All other students complete the 3 core courses (30 units) and 5 courses (50 units) from the directed courses. The award of Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) requires completion of 80 units of study.Students wishing to have a specialisation recognised on their transcript must complete 40 units of one specialisation stream.

Course Information

Core Courses

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

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6120 Contemporary Nursing Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

General Directed

Directed Courses: Choose 50 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6801 Primary Health Care Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6802 Contemporary Issues in Chronic Disease Management Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6018 Acute Nursing Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 20 units
NURS6020 Emergency Nursing Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 20 units
NURS6021 Health Assessment and Applied Pathophysiology Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 20 units
NURS6022 Critical Care Nursing Not currently offered 20 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 20 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

M Nursing (AP) CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY NURSING

Directed Courses - Special Interest: Choose 40 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6811 Assessment:The Neonate, Child, Young Person and Family Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6814 Pregnancy Birth and the Family Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6815 Special Care of the Newborn Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6816 Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6820 Acute and Chronic Illness in Children Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

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

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 20 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6801 Primary Health Care Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6802 Contemporary Issues in Chronic Disease Management Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

M Nursing (AP) OLDER PERSON NURSING

Directed Courses - Special Interest: Choose 40 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6190 Health Care and the Older Person Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6250 Ageing and Health Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

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

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 20 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6801 Primary Health Care Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6802 Contemporary Issues in Chronic Disease Management 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.

Why study with us?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle is a world leader in online education.  The Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) is designed and delivered to conveniently fit with the busy scheduled of contemporary nurses and is offered via a team of advanced practice clinicians and clinical academics from across a number of disciplines. The program requires completion of 80 units and consists of a number of core and directed courses. The program is offered online via GradSchool.com.

The sciences of health care and evidenced-based models of practice are continually evolving requiring advanced practice. Recognition is growing internationally that the quality of patient care is enhanced through advanced nursing care and leadership. As the number of patients with multiple and complex conditions increases globally, more nurses with advanced clinical skills and leadership are needed to manage patients at the ‘front-line’.

Career progression today is highly competitive requiring nurses to be continually upgrading and advancing their knowledge and skill-base aligned to evidence.  The Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) through the University of Newcastle is the perfect program of study to expand your knowledge and advance your practice and career. The course is flexible and designed for nurses working within urban, rural, or remote environments and also for nurses who are internationally based.

The intention is to produce graduates who will be able to work effectively at an advanced nursing practice level and move seamlessly across primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care within the public and private health care sectors.

The Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) is recognised as a leading course in preparing nurses for advanced care roles including clinical nurse specialist, clinical nurse consultants and clinical nurse educators.

If you have a Bachelor degree in nursing and have completed Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related area of nursing practice and can provide a portfolio demonstrating evidence of relevant clinical and academic studies, the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) at the University of Newcastle will enable you to achieve the necessary academic and clinical skills to practice in an advanced nursing practice role and provide you with a qualification that is recognised globally.

Offered predominantly online, this advanced program will develop your skills, theoretical knowledge and ability to apply this knowledge in professional settings, and to advance your career in a diverse range of advanced nursing roles.

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’.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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.

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