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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate you can apply for the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed.
For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing, please visit the program page.