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Not available full-time
2 year/s part-time


Semester 1


Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



Our Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is an online course designed for experienced registered nurses who want to build their professional practice capability and seek endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner in line with the Standards of Practice set by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

This course will enhance your knowledge and advanced practice skills in a range of areas including, but not limited to:

  • expanded practice
  • professional autonomy and accountability, and
  • clinical leadership.

The course builds on your knowledge from professional experience and postgraduate studies. It has a focus on person-centred care that is culturally responsive, to be applied within primary health care or any other healthcare settings where a Nurse Practitioner provides care.

Intensives (on campus)
While this is an online course, you are required to complete two on-campus intensives. Each intensive is one-week long and takes place at CDU's Sydney campus early in Semester 1 each year. Exact dates are confirmed during the course and students are responsible for the costs of attendance (including travel and accommodation).

Clinical requirements
In this course you are required to undertake a minimum of 300 hours supernumerary integrated professional practice (IPP). Further details are available in the Clinical Requirements SNNP01 Assessment Pack for the professional practice units.

Clinical Support Team (CST)
Chosen Clinical Support Team members and the clinical mentor (CM) must be employed at a minimum of 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) to enable consistent supervision and assessment in practice; casual staff are not eligible as CST members.

The nurse practitioner (NP) student will be working closely with their team to expand and further develop their clinical skills, decision-making, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, patient management, and professional practice.

It is desirable that the members of the CST have at least one of the following: educational training, experience supervising previous NP students, or experience of supervising registrar or medical students as outlined in the CST agreement form.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the course may be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner. See the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website for further details regarding regulatory requirements.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


Both Commonwealth supported (CS) and full fee (FF) places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CS place use the SATAC code 1CM097 or UAC code 823152. If you would like to apply for a FF place you will need to use the SATAC code 1CM597 or UAC code 873152.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

This course consists of core and specialist elective units building on the foundation of specialist knowledge and skills, evidence-based practice, cultural safety and introductory pharmacology acquired at previous studies undergraduate and furthermore postgraduate level. The core units address the NMBA (2014) Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice and encompass acquisition of knowledge and skills, critical thinking, decision making and complex problem solving required for advanced and extended clinical practice and clinical leadership.

Course structure

In addition to the core units addressing the professional context of NP extended clinical practice including pharmacology for prescribers, students will undertake specialist elective units in which they can explore a range of research options and an area of professional leadership relevant to the advanced and extended role of the nurse practitioner.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(6 units)
60cpCompulsory Core units totalling 60 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

NUR510 Foundation of Nurse Practitioner Practice
NUR511 Assess, Examine, Investigate & Diagnose A
NUR512 Assess, Examine, Investigate & Diagnose B (available from 2021)
NUR513 Nurse Practitioner Integrated Professional Practice 1
NUR515 Pharmacotherapeutics for Independent Prescribers (available from 2021)
NUR614 Nurse Practitioner Integrated Professional Practice 2

Specialist Electives
(2 units)

Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

Students must undertake either:
HEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership (available from 2022)
MAN506 Organisational Behaviour (no longer available from 2022)(replaces MAN509 from 2021)

AND either
NUR516 Critical Evaluation of Treatment Modalities
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research

(0 units)

There are no elective units available in this course.

 80cpTotal Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes from 2022
HEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership replaces MAN506 Organisational Behaviour from 2022.

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard part time load.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
NUR510 Foundation of Nurse Practitioner PracticeCONUR513 Nurse Practitioner Integrated Professional Practice 1CO
NUR511 Assess, Examine, Investigate & Diagnose A
(includes a one-week intensive)
COHEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership (from 2022)or MAN506 Organisational Behaviour (pre-2022)SE
Year 2
NUR515 Pharmacotherapeutics for Independent PrescribersCONUR614 Nurse Practitioner Integrated Professional Practice 2CO
NUR512 Assess, Examine, Investigate & Diagnose B
(includes a one-week intensive)
COSpecialist ElectiveSE

CDU Specialist Elective availability

Semester 1Semester 2
 HEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership
NUR516 Critical Evaluation of Treatment Modalities
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research

Students Commencing in Semester 2

There is no Semester 2 intake for this course.

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Applicants must:

  • hold current and unrestricted registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • have completed a graduate certificate or higher degree in their nursing clinical field
  • provide a curriculum vitae demonstrating a minimum of two-years of full time equivalent (FTE) employment as a registered nurse in a specified clinical field and a minimum of an additional two-years FTE of recent advanced nursing practice in the same clinical field.
  • provide evidence from an approved health care organisation that support the applicant and the clinical requirements, including supervision and clinical support for a minimum of 300 hours of supernumerary integrated professional practice during the course.

Essential requirements

Students may be required to undertake a Criminal History Check and Working with Children Check prior to undertaking supernumerary integrated professional practice.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


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Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Area of study
Nursing and Midwifery, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS.


UAC Code
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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