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Start Date
February

Duration
1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IMNS

SATAC Code
4CM095 (External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 50 for Nursing1.
  • Broaden career opportunities by extending your knowledge, clinical skills and understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • Prepare yourself with the advanced knowledge and skills required for endorsement as a nurse practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
  • Learn from above world-class researchers in Nursing2, as well as from industry-endorsed nurse practitioners.
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Benefit from flexible learning options.

1 2017 QS Subject Rankings
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

In just one-and-a-half years of full-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of evidence-based practice, grow your understanding of professional issues and develop the ability to independently complete research. 

You will also develop advanced clinical skills, combined with knowledge and competencies that are beyond the usual scope of nursing practice.

What you'll need

On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements prior to undertaking the internship courses.

You can find more about what you’ll need in the rules and notes below the courses you'll study.

Why Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Why this Degree

This qualification is a great option for those wanting the flexibility that comes with online learning and workshops on campus – we offer accessible digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way. Together with teaching staff who are above world-class researchers in Nursing1 and industry-experienced, means you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise:

  • we are No.1 in South Australia for student satisfaction2
  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • we are ranked 26th in the world's top 50 under 503

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

We are also fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2 QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
2017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics and health professionals via our online forums and virtual classrooms. This platform offers you the opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians in the field and build valuable industry networks and relationships.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This qualification can be studied online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for team work and communication

Online study is available but some on-campus workshop attendance is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Your career

Graduates can seek endorsement as nurse practitioners and work across healthcare settings, such as:

  • public and private hospitals
  • community settings

Professional accreditation

The program has been accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Graduates satisfy the academic requirements for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The requirements for endorsement are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Industry facts

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Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 58,700 (19.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Employment for registered nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 51,400 (or 20 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Healthcare and social assistance in Australia has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s nationwide1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

I have enjoyed meeting nurses from other hospitals while studying at UniSA. We were all studying online and first met in a virtual classroom session. Now we catch up for study groups over breakfast and have become great friends.

Leah McWilliams

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Leah McWilliams

Leah McWilliams

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

We offer high quality resources to assist student learning, including a simulated hospital and health service integrating the latest technologies, and our teaching is delivered by an outstanding group of nursing, midwifery, and allied health academics and clinicians.

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Rachael Vernon

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This masters degree is designed to develop your ability to expertly identify and investigate questions, issues or problems that will improve and inform healthcare practice, knowledge and research.

You will develop advanced research skills when you complete independent research investigations, develop leadership and management skills, and learn about global issues, trends and practices that impact on the effective delivery of nursing and health services.

You will also develop skills in:

  • contemporary practice
  • critical evaluation
  • advanced health assessment
  • investigative procedures
  • pharmacology

As part of your learning, you will complete a number of Nurse Practitioner Internship courses, where you will work under the direction and with the support of a Clinical Support Team at your current workplace to assess your clinical competency.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for learning activities. Depending on your study mode this may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects. As a general rule most postgraduate study is completed part-time and if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • e-portfolios
  • reports
  • online activities
  • drug studies
  • case study analysis
  • comprehensive clinical assessments
  • supervisor assessed clinical case presentations

Global opportunities

One of the key benefits of our School of Nursing and Midwifery is our ability to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers. You’ll learn from researchers and academics who are directly connected to industry and all of our clinical teaching staff combine teaching with industry experience. 

In addition, our diverse student population means you have the opportunity to gain global and cultural understanding, ideas and insights direct from your peers. 

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Students commencing in 2018 will study the following schedule
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Becoming a Nurse Practitioner A NURS 5161 4.5 Note(s): 1
Epidemiology for Advanced Practice NURS 5138 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Health Assessment, Diagnostics and Investigations NURS 5135 9 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Advanced Nursing Practice PHAR 5052 4.5 Note(s): 3
Clinical Inquiry NURS 5137 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice NURS 5141 4.5
Nurse Practitioner Internship 1 NURS 5139 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Nurse Practitioner Internship B NURS 5162 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Students who commenced before 2018 will study the following schedule
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Becoming a Nurse Practitioner NURS 5136 9 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Advanced Nursing Practice PHAR 5052 4.5 Note(s): 3
Epidemiology for Advanced Practice NURS 5138 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Health Assessment, Diagnostics and Investigations NURS 5135 9 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice NURS 5141 4.5
Nurse Practitioner Internship 1 NURS 5139 4.5 Rule(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Nurse Practitioner Internship 2 NURS 5140 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Clinical Inquiry NURS 5137 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9

I have worked as a clinician, manager, clinical educator, academic, researcher and board director, and have been at the helm of national and local changes to organisational systems in nursing practice. I have an interest in aged care in hospital settings, healthcare policy and funding.

Dr Terri Gibson

Program Director

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Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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