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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesTrimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), {asset_metadata_UON.Degree.StartDate.International_key^tag:start_dates^xslt:558562}
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.5, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
Program Code40158

Study a Master of Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Nurse Practitioner is designed to prepare registered nurses for the autonomous role of the nurse practitioner in an area of specialty nursing practice including mental health, primary health care, aged care, palliative care, emergency and acute care, midwifery, child and family care, care of people with long term conditions, or emerging nurse practitioner specialties.

In this program, you will further develop your skills in health assessment and differential diagnosis within a holistic nursing model of care.

Why study with us?

  • Study online at your own pace - The University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system will allow you to achieve your Master of Nurse Practitioner at a time that suits you.
  • Learn from some of the best in their field - our clinical experts and academics will deliver clinical theory and practical applications to build your advanced practice and nursing capabilities.
  • Enhance your advanced nursing knowledge and skills to progress your career - registered nurses looking to transition into Nurse Practitioner roles will have the opportunity to become an expert clinician, extend advanced practice skills and complex critical thinking and clinical reasoning in your chosen specialty area.
  • High demand for Nurse Practitioners - with relatively few Nurse Practitioners in Australia, graduates are eligible for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner and ready to work in a variety of healthcare contexts are highly sought after.
  • Ranked 3rd in Australia for overall graduate satisfaction (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-2019 – Postgraduate – Nursing Category)

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What you will study

You will undertake studies which focus on critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning, advanced nursing and clinical practice, and the quality use of medicines. 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 making a vital contribution to your client's health outcome.

Courses to support your drive and direction include:

  • Contemporary Nursing
  • Biophysical and Integrated Clinical Diagnosis
  • Primary Health Care
  • Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

Nurse practitioners work autonomously or as part of multidisciplinary teams in primary health care and a variety of specialties across public and private healthcare settings.

Prospective career paths may include:

  • clinical roles in acute, community and primary care
  • consultative roles in public and private health care settings
  • specialist roles in hospital or community health

Practical experience

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.

The program includes a minimum of 300 hours of integrated professional practice, under the guidance of approved clinical supervisors (as approved by the Program Convenor). This advanced clinical practice may be undertaken in the student’s usual place of work or in another clinical area to broaden clinical experience and achieve the Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice.

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How to apply

Applying for Master of Nurse Practitioner

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

  • Current general registration as a registered nurse in Australia.
  • A minimum of two years full time equivalent (FTE) as a registered nurse in a specified clinical field and two years FTE of current advanced nursing practice in this same clinical field.
  • A postgraduate qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8 in a clinical field.
  • Sufficient English language proficiency and communication skills to successfully undertake academic experience and integrated professional practice requirements throughout the program (as evidenced by current general registration as a general nurse in Australia).

There are additional entry requirements for students including:

  • Nomination of two clinical supervisors approved by the Program Convenor. The clinical supervisors are to consist of:
    1. An endorsed nurse practitioner or senior clinical nurse with a master's degree or equivalent within the area of practice; and
    2. A medical practitioner who is an expert in the student's chosen area of practice.
  • 2 referee letters to support Advanced Practice
  • Confirmed workplace support to complete all professional experience requirements of the program, including a minimum of 300 hours of integrated supernumerary professional practice.
  • Students are also required to provide a completed site suitability checklist for each IPP experience that is to be conducted, including at a different site to be approved by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


All Applicants 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 here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 7.0.

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.

Students must undertake a minimum of 300 hours integrated supernumerary professional experience. Students must provide confirmed workplace support to complete all professional experience requirements of the program, plus a completed site suitability checklist for each IPP experience that is to be conducted, including at a different site to be approved by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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Applications for 2022 are open and will close on 5 December.

Note: To be considered for admission to the Master of Nurse Practitioner, applicants must provide a completed Admissions Portfolio with their application.

Before applying, download the Master of Nurse Practitioner Enrolment Pack (PDF, 541KB) for more information on the application process.

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Both students and education agents can submit applications online. This is our preferred way of application. You can save your application after you have started, and come back to it later.

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