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Become a nurse practitioner at Sydney Nursing School

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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Some units of study and/or placements relating to this course cannot be delivered remotely or online for students commencing their study in Semester 1, 2021. You will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, 2021.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

Pioneer healthcare initiatives and lead nursing practice. The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will enable you to build on your experience as an advanced practice clinician to develop the knowledge and skills to become a nurse practitioner, working autonomously and collaboratively in a variety of healthcare settings in Australia.

Why study with us? 

Nurse practitioners diagnose, manage and treat specific health conditions across a diverse range of healthcare settings. As a nurse practitioner student, you will learn how to use the latest evidence to inform your practice, enhancing your healthcare, case management and leadership skills.

During this two year degree, you will learn from leading researchers across nursing and healthcare as you explore the broad socio-political, organisational, ethical and legal contexts that the nurse practitioner faces. Your studies will be underpinned by biological and physiological ideologies, as well as advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning principles, pharmacology and quality medicine use.

As part of delivering care, you will be taught the process of ordering and interpreting diagnostic investigations as well as planning and self-monitoring the initiation, titration or cessation of medicines. You will also take two practical-based units of study which collectively include 300 advanced clinical practice hours alongside completion of a work-based capstone project.

Offered only at a master's level, completion of this degree will make you eligible to apply for authorisation as a nurse practitioner in Australia, graduating with the skills and expertise to make a substantial contribution to future healthcare policy and direction.

Who should study this program?

Our Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is designed for registered nurses working at an advanced practice level who are looking to build specialist professional practice capabilities leading to endorsement as a nurse practitioner.

Financing your studies

  • We offer a number of scholarships to postgraduate nursing students. Find out more about the faculty-based opportunities available to you. You may also be eligible for a NSW Health postgraduate scholarship. Valued at up to $8000, these scholarships are available to registered nurses and midwives who are working in full or part-time permanent positions in the NSW public health system. 
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

  • If your studies are related to your employment, out-of-pocket course fees may also be tax deductible. Find out more at the Australian Taxation Office.
  • You may also be eligible for HECS-HELP. This means your fee payment is deferred through a government loan.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Scholarships

Applications for Susan Wakil Scholarships are now open.

Applications for Susan Wakil Scholarships are now open.

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Please note that late applications may be accepted.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  1. academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements
  2. testamurs of degrees or diplomas
  3. current authority to practice as a registered nurse in Australia
  4. passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
  5. marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed
  6. curriculum vitae detailing both education and clinical experiences, job description, continuing education and advanced practice experience
  7. minimum of two references from two senior clinicians attesting to your advanced practice experience and capabilities. Referees should be your line manager (senior nurse) or a senior colleague who has an established clinical relationship with you over a minimum of one year.  (Please see Nurse Practitioner Specific admission criteria  below for reference guidelines for referees)
  8. letter from employer confirming employment status
  9. A letter of organisational support to carry out the clinical practicum (including 300 supernumerary integrated professional practice hours) prescribed in the course. Clinical practicum refers to activities undertaken within the clinical setting in order to advance the candidate’s scope of practice for the purpose of completing the requirements of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner). View a template for this letter. 
  10. letter from nominated Primary Clinical Supervisor stating that he/she is willing to fulfil the role of your mentor, teacher and supervisor while you participate in the required advanced practice hours
  11. proposed Primary Clinical Supervisor's Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  12. any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.

Further details can be found in the Nurse Practitioner Specific Admissions Criteria

Semester 1 - 11 February of the same year.

Semester 2 - 15 July of the same year.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Starting date

What you'll study

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) consists of 72 credit points (cp) or 10 units of study.

Students studying part-time will complete 48cp of theoretical units including one specialty elective unit in their first two years.

Students in their third year study two practice-based units of study which collectively include 300 advanced clinical practice hours. The inclusion of these two units (one of which is a capstone) is designed to provide you with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of Study

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

For the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) all students complete a work-based project as a capstone experience.

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will hold:

a) Current general registration as a Registered Nurse

Applicants for admission to candidature for the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will be registered to practise nursing in an Australian state or territory and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements detailed in the school resolutions.

b) Experience – a minimum of two years full-time equivalent (FTE) as a Registered Nurse in a specified clinical field and two years FTE of current advanced nursing practice in this same field

Admission to the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program requires:

  • a minimum of two years full-time equivalent experience as a registered nurse in a specified clinical field, and two years full-time experience of advanced nursing practice in the same clinical field.
  • Applicants need to be concurrently employed in the area of clinical practice that is relevant to the nurse practitioner application (minimum 15 hours weekly) while undertaking their studies.

c) A postgraduate qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8 in a clinical field.

Admission to the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) requires:

  • a preregistration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification with a credit average, or
  • a graduate diploma with a credit average in a nursing discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification, and
  • a minimum of a graduate certificate in:

i. the area of clinical practice relevant to the Nurse Practitioner application, or

ii. another area, and be able to demonstrate advanced skills in the area of clinical practice relevant to the Nurse Practitioner application by portfolio and referee reports.

d) In addition to the evidence previously outlined, applicants will require evidence of confirmed support to complete all professional experience requirements of the course:

Applicants for admission to the candidature for the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) shall:

  • have organisational support to carry out the clinical practicum (including 300 supernumerary integrated professional practice hours) prescribed in the course. Clinical practicum refers to activities undertaken within the clinical setting in order to advance the candidate’s scope of practice for the purpose of completing the requirements of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
  • have a nominated Primary Clinical Supervisor to support the student’s learning while undertaking clinical practice embedded in the course

Inherent requirements

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the university has identified and set out inherent requirements for coursework award courses across a range of areas, including the study of nursing. Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline.

To successfully complete their award course, students of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) must meet all academic requirements as set out in the Faculty and course resolutions (in the Faculty handbook). The full list of Inherent Requirements for Nursing Courses can be found here

In addition, students in all courses are required to comply with Australian laws and University rules and policies, including the Code of Conduct for Students. The University of Sydney upholds the academic standards of each degree and disciplines so that all students graduate with the skills and knowledge expected of a graduate of the award conferred.

With appropriate supports and reasonable accommodations, students must be able to carry out the following activities in order to meet the inherent requirements to successfully complete nursing courses. These requirements are covered by the following five domains:

  • Communication tasks
  • Observation/sensory tasks
  • Physical tasks
  • Intellectual tasks
  • Interpersonal and social interactions

Professional accreditation

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to the nurse practitioner application with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Career Pathways

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to the nurse practitioner application with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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