Start Date
February

Duration
1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IMNS

SATAC Code
4CM095 (External)

Study as
Part-time only

Degree overview

  • Gain a master's degree from a university ranked in the World Top 100 for nursing.1
  • Prepare yourself with the advanced knowledge and skills required for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
  • Further your knowledge, experience and opportunities in evidence-based practice.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for teaching quality in nursing.2
  • Learn from industry-endorsed Nurse Practitioners at a university with well above world-class research in nursing.3
  • Join Australia’s No.1 university for student satisfaction in nursing.4
  • Be supported by online learning resources, available 24/7.

12020 QS Subject Rankings. 2 ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public universities only.32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).4 ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.

Snapshot

Snapshot

With the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Registered Nurses can acquire additional knowledge, skills and competencies for expanded practice to work at an advanced level.

This qualification examines the role of Nurse Practitioners in the delivery of healthcare, including the legal, ethical and professional issues relating to autonomous and multi-disciplinary practice.

Only part-time study is available, over a minimum of three years, to be flexible around your work/life schedule. As part of your studies, you’ll be involved in 300 hours of supernumerary integrated professional practice experience across several courses in the program.

For further details about the program including Clinical Support Team information, please read the Information for Prospective Students.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

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. Students undertaking supernumerary integrated professional practice experience are also required to meet the conditional evidence requirements of their employers. 

What you'll learn

Postgraduate nursing students

You’ll gain advanced knowledge and skills in health assessment, diagnosis and investigative procedures; as well as prescribing and evaluating treatments and medications. You‘ll become competent in designing research relevant to the role, context and client populations.

As part of your learning, you can complete two Nurse Practitioner Internship courses, where you’ll be mentored by your Clinical Support Team members in your workplace to assist you to develop the advanced knowledge and skills required of a Nurse Practitioner.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Becoming a Nurse Practitioner NURS 5161 4.5
Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Advanced Nursing Practice PHAR 5052 4.5 Note(s): 4
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): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Epidemiology for Advanced Practice NURS 5138 4.5
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice NURS 5141 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Clinical Inquiry NURS 5137 4.5
Nurse Practitioner Internship 1 NURS 5139 4.5 Rule(s): 1,3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Nurse Practitioner Internship 2 NURS 5162 9 Rule(s): 1,3

Study hours

For each course you study, you’ll 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’ll 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 studying with UniSA 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

Why Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Postgraduate nursing student Designed to meet industry needs head-on, the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is for Registered Nurses wanting the expertise and authority to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions.

Offered across online platforms and in state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll learn from specialist postgraduate teaching staff and internationally renowned researchers. The curriculum is informed by UniSA's well-above world-class research in nursing1, and is relevant to the clinical translation of national health priorities.

You’ll benefit from the flexibility of part-time or full-time study options across online learning and on-campus workshops.

We’re home to the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre, a partnership between the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s South Australian branch (ANMFSA) and UniSA, where leading researchers are working to strengthen the role of the nursing and midwifery professions across the health system.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, we’re:

  • No.1 in Australia for research impact and engagement2
  • In the World’s Top 50 under 503
  • In the World Top 100 for nursing4
  • No.1 in Australia for student satisfaction in nursing5
     

Our flexible suite of postgraduate nursing and midwifery qualifications are designed to recognise your prior learning and advance your career. Upon successful completion, you may then be eligible to gain credit into higher level qualifications and reduce the overall duration of your study.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  22018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed Fields. 3Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50. 42021 QS Subject Rankings. 5ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.

Real-world connections

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

We have clinical arrangements with local health and rural health networks, major hospitals, healthcare providers, aged care services and mental health services, in the public and private sectors.

We also host regular University-wide alumni eventsemployee master classes and employment expos 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:

  • access videos and course resources online
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication.

Some on-campus workshop attendance is required at UniSA’s City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

You’ll graduate with an advanced postgraduate qualification recognised Australia-wide, which you can use to seek endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner. Once endorsed, you’ll be able to work in your Nurse Practitioner role in your aligned scope of practice.

UniSA Nurse Practitioner graduates work in many diverse areas such as:

  • Emergency departments
  • Respiratory care
  • Renal care
  • Paediatrics
  • Community health
  • Health prevention
  • Cardiac care
  • Intensive care
  • Orthopaedics
  • Public health
  • Private healthcare
  • Mental health.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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.

The program has been accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and approved 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 56,100 (16.2%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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Employment for Registered Nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 46,500 (15.6%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Check you meet the full entry requirements for this program.
  • 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.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have worked as a clinician, clinical educator and researcher, working extensively within the international and post-graduate portfolio. I am passionate about improving the learning experience for domestic and international students.

AsPr Paul Bennett

Program Director

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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)

I thought study was behind me, but soon saw it as an opportunity to expand my clinical skills and contribute to improving access for patients. I also valued the input from the lecturers who challenged me to think beyond being an ‘advance practice nurse’ and what it really means to be a Nurse Practitioner. This qualification was relevant, current and flexible enough to allow full-time work.

Sacha Palmer

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Clinical Nurse Consultant Allergy/ Immunology, Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Sacha Palmer, Nursing

Sacha Palmer

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Clinical Nurse Consultant Allergy/ Immunology, Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Staff who have upskilled with postgraduate study really shine through as motivated workers. We often employ people with postgraduate qualifications in our managerial positions as they have equipped themselves with those extra specialised skills.

Jo Boylans

Director of Operations | Southern Cross Care

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Jo Boylans

Director of Operations | Southern Cross Care

The University of South Australia understands that quality teaching in nursing and midwifery goes hand-in-hand with industry partnerships. They work collaboratively across all health care services to design industry-informed curriculum.

Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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

Rachael Vernon

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

After receiving a Nursing Leadership Award by the Minister for Health, I returned to UniSA because of the atmosphere and commitment to assist, round and update senior nurses. UniSA have always been a strong advocate of evidence-based practice and as part of my studies I have been involved in a clinical trial, where I helped develop guidelines for vascular access now referenced in the US.

Melita Cummings

Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Vascular Access Nurse Candidate | South Australian Medical Imaging (SAMI)

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Melita Cummings

Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Vascular Access Nurse Candidate | South Australian Medical Imaging (SAMI)