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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)


Not available to international students.
UAC Code
Online (CSP)
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
Not available
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
International on campus
International online
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CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
College of Nursing and Midwifery
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 duration of the course. The intensives are undertaken early 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 requirements

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 as an endorsed Nurse Practitioner in public and/or private health care either employed or through your own business.

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 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

  • 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: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Applicants must:
a) hold current and unrestricted registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
b) have completed a graduate certificate or higher degree in their nursing clinical field,

c) 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.
d) 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

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 Module A 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 Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 65% in Academic English 3 with a 65% pass in the research essay. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A 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:


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

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 clinical leadership.

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 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)

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

Students must undertake:
MAN506 Organisational Behaviour (replaces MAN509 Contemporary Management 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.

  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
(includes a one-week intensive)
CO MAN506 Organisational Behaviour (replaces MAN509) SE
Year 2
NUR515 Pharmacotherapeutics for Independent Prescribers CO NUR614 Nurse Practitioner Integrated Professional Practice 2 CO
NUR512 Assess, Examine, Investigate & Diagnose B
(includes a one-week intensive)
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.

Course fees

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.

2021: 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.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies


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




UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW



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