The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts
Location

Online

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
Mode of delivery

Online

Duration

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

UON program code: 40158

Program handbook

Description

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

The Master of Nurse Practitioner is an 80 unit coursework program, comprised of all core courses. 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 any wish to present the qualification to authorities in other states or countries. The program includes a minimum of 300 hours of integrated supernumerary professional practice, under the guidance of approved clinical supervisors (as approved by the Program Convenor).


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of the discipline of nursing.
  • Display effective written and/or oral communication skills within a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Exhibit the ability to apply advanced knowledge in nursing.
  • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics and prescribing for advanced nursing practice.
  • Illustrate an understanding of research methodology and its application to research questions in nursing and other health related areas.
  • Show professional self-efficacy and leadership.
  • Exhibit cultural competency and safety.
  • Model respect for the community and the environment.

Details

Information correct as at31 May 2020 11:41 pm
Program code40158
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online - Online with the following campus attendance recommended if possible: 5 days NURS6620 Biophysical and Integrated Clinical Diagnosis and 1 day NURS6622 Clinical viva assessment.
Duration
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Assumed knowledgeAdvanced 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.
Term typeTrimesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
  2. School of Nursing and Midwifery
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

  • 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.

 

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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.

English language skills commensurate with requirements of registration as a nurse are required (IELTS).


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, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Compulsory program requirements

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.


Professional recognition

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

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

Program requirements

The Master of Nurse Practitioner program consists of 80 units of core courses. The recommended intake for this program is Trimester 1.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Students must complete 80 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
NURS6120Contemporary Nursing
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6620Biophysical and Integrated Clinical Diagnosis
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
NURS6621Clinical Practice A
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6622Clinical Practice B
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6801Primary Health Care
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PHAR6701Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Health Care Professionals
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PHAR6702Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics for Clinical Practice
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

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 two clinical supervisors with their application. The clinical supervisors will be approved by the Program Convenor and should consist of:

  • An endorsed nurse practitioner or senior clinical nurse with a master's degree or equivalent within the area of practice; and
  • A medical practitioner who is an expert in the student's chosen area of practice.

UON can provide assistance to students seeking rural Integrated Professional Practice experience, including linkage to potential supervisors, in a range of clinical contexts, including primary care, Aboriginal Medical Services, community mental health and other environments.

Students must also provide 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 required to also complete a 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.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.

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.