Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

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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.

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.

With your Master’s qualification you will 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.

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

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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

12

Program Code

11383

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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.

What Will You Study

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.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation 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-spectrum 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 practice as a Nurse Practitioner (NP). Exciting opportunities are available for graduates in either specialist or primary healthcare NP roles in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. 

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.

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 11383
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is designed to prepare expert nurses for the autonomous role of the nurse practitioner in an area of speciality nursing practice. If you are already highly skilled then you may aspire to becoming a nurse practitioner. 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:i. a nurse practitioner in the relevant speciality as the primary support team member and if not available a medical practitioner in that specialityii. 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 your 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.

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.

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

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 658 hours practical experience as part of the program requirements. 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
NURS6120 Contemporary Nursing Trimester 2 - 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
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6702 Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics for Clinical Practice Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses Group A

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

Code Name Availability Units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6340 Stroke Rehabilitation Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6035 Therapeutic Engagement & Psychosocial Interventions Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 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
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 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
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 Group B

Directed Courses: 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
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research 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, NURS6120, 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.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates from the program are eligible to apply for professional recognition with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Why study with us?

The main focus of the Master of 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 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’.

30 Units for Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Advanced Practice) from the University of Newcastle OR 30 Units for Graduate Certificate in a specialty area of practice from another institution.

International Students

The program does not admit international on campus students.

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.

Assumed Knowledge

Advanced level of knowledge of patho-physiology within specialty area of practice. Some skills in health assessment /clinical decision making in the student¿s specialty area of practice. Ability to justify his/her Clinical Decision.

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