Master of Advanced Nursing Practice

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Become a leader in healthcare. Designed for registered nurses, the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice explores the ways nurses work and practice within clinical environments. Gain specialist expertise and leadership skills alongside the confidence to advance your clinical practice in a range of areas and progress towards senior healthcare roles.

As an advanced nursing student, you will learn from leading researchers in nursing practice and the study of clinical environments. This course will solidify the theoretical foundations of nursing practice and develop your confidence to use the latest research based evidence to inform your clinical decision making.

During this one and a half year degree, you will build on the knowledge you have gained through your clinical practice, with an emphasis on the provision of high quality care and patient safety. You will cover core units in the foundations of clinical practice and assessment before taking a range of elective units which allow you to further advance your knowledge in clinical areas of particular interest. A work-based project or research thesis will comprise the capstone experience of this degree, providing the opportunity for you to apply your expertise as you develop a nuanced understanding of nursing practice and clinical environments.

Upon completion of this course, you will have the knowledge, skills and attributes required to develop initiatives in healthcare and make a substantial contribution to healthcare policy and development. Completion of this degree can also be a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Important information

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.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice may be completed over three semesters full-time or five semesters part-time. The course consists of 60 credit points (cp), including core units of study (48cp) and a capstone (12cp). In the first year, students complete 48cp of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the intensive care nursing courses. Students will undertake a work-based project or a research project as a capstone experience (12cp) and will study part-time in the final semester of their candidature. Following academic consultation, students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Research) may substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Capstone experience

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 Advanced Nursing Practice all students either complete a work-based project or thesis as a capstone experience. The independent work required to develop the thesis is under the guidance of a supervisor.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to clinical nursing. Clinical nurses work in a variety of settings in the acute sector and the community and managing patients with both acute and chronic health concerns. They may also be involved in education, administration or research.

Further study

Outstanding graduates who complete the thesis as a capstone experience for this course may pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/current_students/research_students/research_students_index.shtml

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Advanced Practice Nursing will hold: (a) a pre-registration nursing degree with credit average from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or ( b) an embedded graduate certificate or diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
In addition, the applicant is required to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements

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

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by Sydney Nursing School. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please scan and upload the following documents with your application:
(1) academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) testamurs for any degrees or diplomas;
(3) current authority to practice as a registered nurse in Australia or overseas
(4) passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(5) marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(6) Curriculum Vitae, including nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual);
(7) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate;
any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

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.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students 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, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. 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.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

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.