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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

2020

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Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (CSP)
1CM097
823152
Online (FF)
1CM597
873152
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course Duration
Full-time
Not Available
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

SNNP01

Award
Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) course focuses on developing and enhancing your capability in core nurse practitioner knowledge and skills in line with the Standards of Practice set by NMBA. This includes, but is not limited to:

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

The course builds on the knowledge you will have already gained through 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 the Nurse Practitioner provides care.

Intensives (on Campus)

This course is available online with compulsory on-campus intensives. You are required to participate in two intensive weeks over the course of the program. The intensives are undertaken in semester one each year, both of which take place at our Sydney campus. Confirmation of the time will be communicated at a later date.

Students will need to meet the cost of attending intensives themselves; including travel and accommodation.

Clinical Placements

In this course you are required to undertake a minimum of 300 hours supernumerary integrated professional practice (IPP).

CDU students on clinical placements are registered with AHPRA. Due to this, you are required to declare to The University if you have an impairment that may detrimentally affect your capacity to undertake clinical practice or place the public at substantial risk of harm. The information you provide may be disclosed to AHPRA, otherwise it will remain confidential.

Clinical Support Team (CST)

Chosen CST 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. This can be found in the Clinical Requirements SNNP01 assessment pack.

Career opportunities

Nurse Practitioners work in a wide variety of health care settings. As a Nurse Practitioner you can work in primary health care, community health or older adult care. Nurse Practitioners work in hospital or outreach from different specialist areas, common areas; chronic diseases i.e. heart failure, renal or respiratory. There are opportunities to work in public and/or private health care either employed or through your own business as an endorsed Nurse Practitioner.

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 & pathways


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

Course fees

Both Commonwealth supported places (CSP) and fee paying places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CSP use the SATAC code 1CM097. If you would like to apply for a fee paying place you will need to use the SATAC code 1CM597.

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.

2019 and 2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2019 and 2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

  • 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.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

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 leadership.

In addition to the core units addressing the professional context of NP practice, extended clinical practice and 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 type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(6 units)
60cp
Compulsory 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)
20cp

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

Students must undertake:
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues

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

Electives
(0 units)
0cp

There are no elective units available in this course.

  80cp Total 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.
 

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 Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
NUR510 Foundation of Nurse Practitioner Practice CO NUR513 Nurse Practitioner Integrated Professional Practice 1 CO
NUR511 Assess, Examine, Investigate & Diagnose A CO MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues SE
Year 2
NUR515 Pharmacotherapeutics for Independent Prescribers (available from 2021) CO NUR614 Nurse Practitioner Integrated Professional Practice 2 CO
NUR512 Assess, Examine, Investigate & Diagnose B (available from 2021) CO Specialist Elective SE

CDU Specialist Elective availability

Semester 1 Semester 2
  NUR516 Critical Evaluation of Treatment Modalities
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research

Students Commencing in Semester 2

There is no Semester 2 intake for this course.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

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

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

UAC

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