Fast facts


Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
Mode of delivery



1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

Program code: 40158

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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World top 38 ? for Nursing

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.

View the full course list

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

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.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

This program is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).