The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program requires the successful completion of 120 units of study. The program is intended for registered nurses who wish to apply for authorisation by the Nurses and Midwives Board (NMB) of NSW to work as a nurse practitioner, or who may wish to present the qualification to authorities in other states or countries. The program includes a minimum of 300 hours of embedded clinical practice in the student's speciality area of nursing, under the guidance of approved academic and clinical mentors (approved by the Program Convenor). This clinical practice is undertaken in the student's normal place of work. It is expected that the student's employment is accredited with the ACHS or similar.
The program is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery in partnership with the three other contributing Schools within the Faculty of Health - Medicine and Public Health, Health Sciences and Biomedical Sciences. This has allowed collaboration in the planning of the program and ensures that students have access to excellent resource materials and staff in the key areas of pathology, medical imaging, pharmacology and clinical nursing. Teaching is shared between academic staff from various disciplines within the Faculty and conjoint academic staff who are expert clinicians in their specialty area of practice.
The program is designed for Registered Nurses who aspire to Nurse Practioner practice. The students will further develop and refine their knowledge and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment and Diagnosis. These attributes would be required for autonomous practice as an nurse practitioner but would also be useful in senior clinical nursing roles, nursing research and/or nursing education.