Why study the Master of Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Nurse Practitioner is specifically designed to prepare experienced registered nurses to function autonomously and collaboratively in advanced and expanded clinical roles. As a nurse practitioner you will provide innovative and flexible healthcare delivery that complements other healthcare providers.

You will receive extensive clinical and theoretical knowledge, which will equip you with the specialist skills required for the expanded role as a nurse practitioner. You will develop skills in assessment and management of clients that may include but is not limited to the direct referral of patients to other healthcare professionals, prescribing medications and other treatment modalities including ordering diagnostic investigations.

The nurse practitioner role is grounded in the nursing profession's values, knowledge, theories and practice and provides innovative and flexible healthcare delivery that complements those provided by other healthcare providers. The scope of practice of the nurse practitioner is determined by the context in which the nurse practitioner is authorised to practice.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


A postgraduate qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 8 or higher in a clinical field.

Hold an unrestricted licence as a registered nurse in Australia.

A minimum of two years full-time equivalent experience as a registered nurse in a specified clinical field and two years at an advanced practice level in the same clinical field.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Nurse Practitioner are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Nurse Practitioner. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake 300 hours of supernumerary integrated professional practice during the program. You will work under the supervision of your clinical support team and clinical mentor.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Accreditation body

The Master of Nurse Practitioner is accredited by:

  • Australian Nursing And Midwifery Accreditation Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Endorsement)

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Master of Nurse Practitioner may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Nurse Practitioner have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

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