Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Pioneer healthcare initiatives and lead nursing practice. The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will enable you to build on your experience as an advanced practice clinician to develop the knowledge and skills to become a nurse practitioner, working autonomously and collaboratively in a variety of healthcare settings in Australia.
Nurse practitioners diagnose, manage and treat specific health conditions across a diverse range of healthcare settings. As a nurse practitioner student, you will learn how to use the latest evidence to inform your practice, enhancing your healthcare, case management and leadership skills.
During this two year degree, you will learn from leading researchers across nursing and healthcare as you explore the broad socio-political, organisational, ethical and legal contexts that the nurse practitioner faces. Your studies will be underpinned by biological and physiological ideologies, as well as advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning principles, pharmacology and quality medicine use. As part of delivering care, you will be taught the process of ordering and interpreting diagnostic investigations as well as planning and self-monitoring the initiation, titration or cessation of medicines. You will also take two practical-based units of study which collectively include 300 advanced clinical practice hours alongside completion of a work-based capstone project.
Offered only at a master’s level, completion of this degree will make you eligible to apply for authorisation as a nurse practitioner in Australia, graduating with the skills and expertise to make a substantial contribution to future healthcare policy and direction.
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in nursing.
The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.
The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) consists of 72 credit points (cp) or 10 units of study. Students studying part time will complete 48cp of theoretical units including one specialty elective unit in their first two years. Students in their third year study two practice-based units of study which collectively include 300 advanced clinical practice hours. The inclusion of these two units (one of which is a capstone) is designed to provide you with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.
Further course information
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth. For the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) all students complete a work-based project as a capstone experience.
Course outcomes and further study
Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to the nurse practitioner application.
Graduates of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to the nurse practitioner application.
Outstanding graduates who wish to further their research in nursing may pursue the Master of Nursing (Honours) which is a research degree offered by the school. Graduates of the Master of Nursing (Honours) may be eligible to apply for a higher research degree in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/current_students/research_students/research_students_index.shtml
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will hold:
(a) a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification with a credit average; or
(b) a graduate diploma in a nursing discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
(c) a minimum of a graduate certificate in:
(i) the area of clinical practice relevant to the Nurse Practitioner application; or
(ii) another area, and be able to demonstrate advanced skills in the area of clinical practice relevant to the Nurse Practitioner application by portfolio and referee reports; and
(d) a minimum of five years FTE experience as a registered nurse, of which three years full-time (or equivalent) experience is in the area of practice relevant to the application and one of these years is at an advanced practice level
(e) be concurrently employed in the area of clinical practice that is relevant to the nurse practitioner application (minimum sixteen hours weekly) while undertaking their studies.
In addition to these requirements, admission to this course requires the applicant to be a registered nurse in Australia and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements.
Applicants are also required to nominate a Primary Clinical Supervisor in order to undertake clinical components of this course.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney Nursing School. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please submit the following documents with your application:
(1) academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) testamurs of degrees or diplomas;
(3) current authority to practice as a registered nurse in Australia
(4) passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(5) marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(6) curriculum vitae detailing both education and clinical experiences, job description, continuing education and advanced practice experience;
(7) minimum of two references from two senior clinicians attesting to your advanced practice experience and capabilities. Referees should be your line manager (senior nurse) or a senior colleague who has an established clinical relationship with you over a minimum of one year;
(8) letter from employer confirming employment status;
(9) letter of support from your Director of Nursing stating that you will be supported to carry out the 300 advanced clinical practice hours while you are enrolled in the degree. There are two letter templates available, one for use for NSW Health institutions and the other for non-NSW Health institutions.
(10) letter from nominated Primary Clinical Supervisor stating that he/she is willing to fulfil the role of your mentor, teacher and supervisor while you participate in the required advanced practice hours;
(11) proposed Primary Clinical Supervisor’s Curriculum Vitae (CV);
any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.
Further details can be found in the Nurse Practitioner Specific Admissions Criteria
Important Fee Information
Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount
The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.
For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.
Annual review and fee increases
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.
Annual review and fee increases
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental costs
For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.
Credit card surcharge
Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.