Master of Primary Health Care Nursing

Primary Health Care Nursing

MPHC
Course code: GC069
Course coordinator: Dr Jennifer Chipps


Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care Nursing
Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing

Choosing a master's degree | Applying for a master's degree | Cost of a master's degree | Admission requirements | Clinical assessment requirements | Study patterns | Electives


Reflecting the current priorities in health this primary health care program has been designed and is delivered by a nursing faculty specifically for registered nurses working in or aspiring to work in primary health care.

The Master of Primary Health Care Nursing will enable graduates, as autonomous learners, to integrate and synthesise prior learning while critically exploring the professional context and sociopolitical climate in which contemporary primary health care is delivered. As a graduate of this program, you will advance your capacity for complex clinical decision-making by critically analysing a range of relevant issues affecting primary health care from a nursing perspective. In doing so, you will deepen your conceptual knowledge and skills.

CHOOSING A MASTER'S DEGREE

You can either study full-time (three semesters) or part-time (five semesters) at the master's level. Domestic and international students are welcome to apply.

Each unit of study has up to four face-to-face study days. A normal part-time load is two units of study per semester.

The master's degree requires a total of 60 credit points – core and elective units of study make up 48 points, and a capstone completes the degree and is a further 12 credit points. The capstone is an important feature of Sydney Nursing School's postgraduate master's degrees. You have the choice of a research-based or professional practice capstone, providing an excellent opportunity to explore, in depth, a topic of professional interest.

Award units taken at graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels may also count towards a master’s degree. Any non-award units of study already completed may also be credited towards a master's degree.

Student learning is further supported by the University’s eLearning.

APPLYING FOR A MASTER'S DEGREE

There is one intake of students in March each year.

Applications must be made online. You will also need to scan and upload copies of other documentation as part of your online application process. To assist you, there is a checklist of required documents that you will need.

COST OF A MASTER'S DEGREE

Master’s courses are full-fee paying and costs may increase each year.
Fee-Help is available for Australian Citizens and the student centre will provide you with further information regarding eligibility and repayment information. The international fee rates vary depending on which level of degree you choose.
Visit the Costs and scholarships website for more detailed information.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to our master's courses requires a bachelor's degree with a credit average. For admission into the Master of Primary Health Care, you must be a registered nurse in Australia or in a country other than Australia.

CLINICAL ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

You will not be required to undertake clinical assessments in this program. Therefore you don't have to fill out a Clinical Assessment Requirements form.


STUDY PATTERNS

Year 1 part time

Semester 1

Semester 2

NURS5012

Assessment and Clinical Judgement

NURS5094

Principles of Chronic Disease Management

NURS5093

Principles and Practice of Primary Health Care

NURS5095

Primary Health Care in the Community

Year 2 part time

Semester 1

Semester 2

NURS5069

Research in Nursing and Health Care

OR

Elective*

NURS5070

Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality

OR

Elective#

NURS5096

Expanding Primary Health Care Practice

OR

Elective*

NURS5071

Contemporary Health Leadership

OR

Elective#^**

Year 3 part time

Semester 1

NURS5078

Capstone (Work-based Project) OR

NURS5080

Capstone (Thesis)

Students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Thesis) will be required to substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University. Following academic consultation, students may also be permitted to substitute NURS5071 with a unit of study relevant to this course, offered by the University.
Year 1 full time

Semester 1

Semester 2

NURS5012

Assessment and Clinical Judgement

NURS5094

Principles of Chronic Disease Management

NURS5093

Principles and Practice of Primary Health Care

NURS5095

Primary Health Care in the Community

NURS5069

Research in Nursing and Health Care

OR

Elective*

NURS5070

Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality

OR

Elective#

NURS5096

Expanding Primary Health Care Practice

OR

Elective*

NURS5071

Contemporary Health Leadership

OR

Elective#^**

NURS5078

Capstone (Workplace)

OR

Capstone (Research)

Year 2 full time

Semester 1

NURS5078

Capstone (Work-based Project) OR

NURS5080

Capstone (Thesis)

Students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Thesis) will be required to substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University. Following academic consultation, students may also be permitted to substitute NURS5071 with a unit of study relevant to this course, offered by the University.
ELECTIVES

# Can be elected in Semester Two with departmental permission

  • NURS5091 Simulation-based Learning in Health

^ Research elective for Capstone (Research) with departmental permission

  • BACH5068 Statistics for Clinical Research
  • BACH5255 Qualitative Research Methods

* Up to 12 credit points of electives can be selected in Semester One

  • PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses
  • MIPH5131 Foundations of International Health
  • PUBH5033 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • MIPH5132 Global Disease Burden and Research Methods
  • SEXH5401 Introduction to HIV, STIs and Sexual Health

** One 6 credit point elective can be selected with departmental permission

  • PUBH5019 Cancer Prevention and Control
  • SEXH5410 Sexual Health Promotion
  • SEXH5405 Contraception and Reproductive Health
  • SEXH5205 Advanced Adolescent Sexual Health