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?

Flexible, self-paced online study, allowing you to fit study around other commitments.

Face-to-face study days for each unit. These sessions offer students real-time support from lecturers and clinical experts, providing the opportunity to share experiences in a small class of peers.

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.

Study units include:

  • Assessment and clinical judgement
  • Advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning
  • Specialist practice elective
  • Pharmacology for advanced nursing practice
  • Pathophysiological phenomena in nursing
  • Strengthening nursing leadership
  • Research in nursing and health care
  • Quality use of medicines in advanced practice
  • Developing nurse practitioner capability

Pathways to the Master’s

Our Nurse Practitioner (Master of Nursing) program is offered at master’s level.