Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Nurse Practitioner

Take your career to the next level: study the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at Sydney Nursing School.

Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for authorisation as a nurse practitioner in Australia.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to become a nurse practitioner, capable of working autonomously and collaboratively in a variety of health care settings in Australia. You will learn how to use evidence-based approaches to develop initiatives, allowing you to care for people and communities with problems of varying complexity.

What impact can I have as a nurse practitioner?

As a nurse practitioner you will provide care both as a primary provider and as part of a care team. You will collaborate and consult with health consumers and other health professionals to assess, plan, implement and evaluate integrated care, with the aim of optimising outcomes for both recipients and the systems of care.

As part of providing care, you will have the ability to order and interpret diagnostic investigations as part of care planning. You will be capable of planning nursing interventions that involve initiation, titration or cessation of medications and take responsibility for following up on care initiated. You will be accountable for care initiated and will self-monitor your work

Why study at Sydney Nursing School?

  • Build the professional practice capabilities needed for leadership in nurse practitioner practice.
  • Further develop your research skills, enabling you to make complex evidence-based decisions.
  • Enhance your advanced practice knowledge, clinical expertise and therapeutic skills, immediately applying what you learn in class to your professional practice.
  • Join our global community of influential students, staff and alumni, building your professional network as you study alongside academics and peers.
  • Choose how to fit study into your life with full-time and part-time options, as well as self-paced online study for some components of the program.

How will I learn?

Study over two years full-time, or three years part-time. Any credit granted for prior learning will reduce the length of your course.

This program is delivered via:

  • Flexible, self-paced online study, allowing you to fit study around other commitments.
  • Face-to-face on-campus study days for each unit of study.

On-campus study days

Compulsory attendance at face-to-face study days is an integral part of the course. These intensive study days offer students real-time support from lecturers and clinical experts and provide opportunities for sharing experiences with peers and growing professional networks.

There are four study days per unit of study, per semester. The part-time study load is two units of study per semester which means there are eight study days per semester to attend. These are generally offered in a block of four days twice a semester, in March/May and August/September. To give you time to plan your study leave, the Postgraduate Study Day Timetable is posted on the Sydney Nursing School website in November of the preceding year.

What will I study?

Building on your knowledge and experience as an advanced practice clinician, the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) allows you to scrutinise the management of complex and uncertain practice.

You will learn how to use the latest evidence to inform your practice, enhancing your health care, case management and leadership skills. Explore broad socio-political, organisational, ethical and legal contexts that the nurse practitioner faces.

The course is underpinned by biological and physiological principles, as well as advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning principles, pharmacology and quality use of medicines.

You will develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes required to develop initiatives in health care and policy, making a substantial contribution to future health care directions.

This program ends in a capstone project, offering you the choice to complete either a work-based project examining a current and professionally relevant clinical issue, or undertake a research project, giving you the opportunity to explore in depth an area that you feel passionate about. This may also provide a pathway to a PhD at Sydney Nursing School.

When will I study?

The course has two intakes per year, in March and July, however the majority of students enrol in semester one. The application closing dates are February 20 and June 30, however late applications will be considered. If you are a late applicant, contact the Course Coordinator prior to putting in your application.

Course specific documentation

  • The Nurse Practitioner Specific Admissions Criteria contains information such as the length and depth of experience required for admission to candidature, the definition of 'advanced nursing practice', referees report guidelines and a description of the role of a primary supervisor, which will help you with your application.
  • We also require a letter of support from your Director of Nursing (DON) which guarantees that you will be suppported by your institution to carry out the required 300 advanced practice hours. There are two letter templates available, one for use for NSW Health institutions and the other for non-NSW Health institutions.
  • Put in your application through Courses Online. There you will find a further list of required documents under "How to apply".

Next steps: Course details and planning your study