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Master of Nurse Practitioner

Overview

Take your nursing career to the next level and prepare yourself to advance into the expanded role of nurse practitioner.

This program is specifically designed to prepare experienced registered nurses to develop professional skills in advanced and expanded clinical roles. As a nurse practitioner, you'll take a leadership role in providing innovative and quality care across a variety of healthcare settings.

Through this two year part-time program, you'll gain extensive clinical and theoretical knowledge, which will equip you with the specialist skills required for the expanded role as nurse practitioner. You'll develop skills in assessment and management of clients that include the direct referral of patients to other healthcare professionals, prescribing medications and other treatments including ordering diagnostic investigations.

The program has been designed to be flexible, with coursework and resources delivered to you online. Due to the applied nature of the program, you'll also attend some face-to-face teaching at UQ’s St Lucia campus for short periods each semester.

During the program, you'll also undertake 300 hours of professional practice under the supervision of your clinical support team and clinical mentor.

You'll graduate with the professional skills to make a difference in the treatment of people with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions, and be ready for a rewarding career as a nurse practitioner.

Location
External
Duration
2 Years part-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5677
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Upskill to a nurse practitioner qualification and open doors to a variety of professional nursing roles and specialities.
  • Benefit from a program of 300 hours of supervised clinical professional practice.
  • Study under experienced nursing practitioners and researchers who are leaders in the field, both in Australia and internationally.
  • Take advantage of a flexible external delivery in which coursework is available in online study modules and discussions. You will also complete a three to five day Residential School each semester, providing the chance for on-campus learning.

9 in the world for nursing

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Nurse practitioner professional development of provided care
  • Quality use of medicines, drug pharmacokinetics and drug pharmacodynamics
  • Advanced nursing practice I
  • Advanced clinical practice I

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Emergency nurse practitioner
  • Palliative care nurse practitioner
  • Neonatal nurse practitioner
  • Urology nurse practitioner
  • Alcohol and substance use nurse practitioner
  • Oncology nurse practitioner
  • Nephrology nurse practitioner
  • Nurse facilitator
  • Diabetes educator
  • Paediatric nurse practitioner

Graduate salary

Nursing (postgraduate)

$81K–$91K

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Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Endorsement)

Program accreditation

The Master of Nurse Practitioner is accredited by:

  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Prerequisites

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.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Applicants must also provide evidence of:
  • Confirmed support from employing health care agency for the applicant to complete all professional experience requirements of the course;
  • Active involvement in professional organisation and contribution to the ongoing development of the nursing profession.
Submitting an Application
Applicants must read important program and application information and download an application pack from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work web page prior to submitting an application online.

Location
You will be required to attend face-to-face teaching at UQ's St Lucia campus. These are usually two - three day blocks during the semester.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia, you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

Contact us for more information

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Nurse Practitioner for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Nurse Practitioner pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $22,540

Indicative annual fee 2020

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Nurse Practitioner at 2021 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

  • Students are responsible for the cost of transportation and accommodation to attend residential schools or practicals.

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Master of Nurse Practitioner is 5677

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

Contact us with any questions 

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Important dates

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit