University of Technology Sydney

C04318v1 Master of Nurse Practitioner

Award(s): Master of Nurse Practitioner (MNP)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus


This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information


The Master of Nurse Practitioner is intended for registered nurses with substantial experience in a specialty area who are looking to extend this experience and become experts in their field. The course prepares students for advanced practice nursing as a nurse practitioner with expert clinical performance, critical decision-making and leadership skills.

This course provides sustainable, high-quality education, developed and delivered in collaboration with contemporary experts in the field. Each of the 12 subjects comprises a mix of theory, evidence-based and clinical practice, to be completed in part-time mode. Subjects include a range of current healthcare contexts (including digital health, Indigenous health and primary health care) so students can practise safely and proficiently to provide person-centred, holistic health care and contribute to quality outcomes for those in their care. Course requirements include 300 supernumerary clinical hours (i.e. supervised practice outside the student's usual rostered hours) for consolidation and extension of learning.

The Master of Nurse Practitioner has strong links to industry and is firmly grounded in contemporary healthcare practice. The course closely integrates theory and practice-based learning and assessment in a combination of classroom, state-of-the-art simulation laboratories and authentic clinical settings. Guest presenters include industry-based nurse practitioners and other experts from a range of clinical settings to ensure that knowledge and skills are evidence-based and clearly reflect advanced nursing as it is practised today. Presenters adopt a range of teaching and learning strategies to enhance the student experience, such as field trips, media resources, podcasts and case-based scenarios. These course features ensure that graduates are practice-ready, able to work in dynamic and changeable healthcare environments, and prepared to make significant contributions to positive patient outcomes.

Course aims

The overall aim of the Master of Nurse Practitioner is to prepare graduates to become endorsed nurse practitioners.

In addition to advanced practice, this course aims to produce graduates that:

  • Understand and apply concepts of autonomy, accountability and responsibility in practice. As a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, the graduate nurse practitioner works collaboratively with other clinicians to facilitate the best care for each patient or client. Communication theory and skills development plus the clinical setting for supernumerary clinical hours provide a foundation for collaborative practice as a hallmark of nurse practitioner practice.
  • Demonstrate capability in oral and written communication and technological literacy. They understand and value the imperative to base practice on evidence and are able to access relevant and appropriate evidence; recognise when evidence is less than adequate to fully inform care; and identify areas of practice that require further evidence.
  • Demonstrate a lively, questioning perspective that enables them to actively contribute to the development of advanced practice nursing as a discipline. Capability in information technology and information management is reflected in graduates' capacity to derive information from multiple sources. They have the capacity to transform this into meaningful information that impacts on practice and interactions with consumers and the healthcare system as a whole.
  • Are reflective critical thinkers who contribute to practice, policy and research to enhance health care and health outcomes.
  • Are effective, collaborative and responsive leaders.
  • Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable and consider health care in a global context.
  • Communicate appropriately and consistently in diverse situations.
  • Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role.
  • Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Career options

A nurse practitioner assesses and manages healthcare consumers using advanced practice nursing and philosophy, with traditional medical components such as prescribing and referral, ordering diagnostic investigations and comprehensive treatment plans. They work at an advanced and extended level to provide innovative and flexible holistic healthcare delivery across a range of settings that complements those provided by other healthcare providers

Career options include working as a nurse practitioner in a variety of areas such as acute care (e.g. emergency, critical care, surgical and medical specialties), community-based care (e.g. mental health, women's health), palliative care, aged care, chronic disease management and primary health care.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Translate and integrate evidence to identify gaps in health care, and enable optimal healthcare delivery for individuals, communities and populations across healthcare sectors
1.2 Appraise local, national and international evidence to enhance translation and contextualisation of the latest high-quality evidence into practice
1.3 Synthesise critical thinking and advanced assessment skills with diagnostic reasoning to plan, implement and evaluate quality person-centred care
1.4 Generate and utilise data to rationalise and apply non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions using safety and quality frameworks in the therapeutic management of clients
2.1 Demonstrate capability in clinical leadership and advocacy, to drive or lead systems that support safe, efficient and effective person-centred care
2.2 Analyse, create, implement and reflect upon approaches that build the capacity of the interdisciplinary health workforce to enable health promoting, disease preventing, flexible and resilient care services
2.3 Prioritise and lead integrated care, based upon collaborative approaches, with patients, families, caregivers, and interdisciplinary teams to enable optimal health system outcomes
3.1 Investigate and critically reflect upon the nurse practitioner role as it relates to social justice, health inequity and global citizenship
3.2 Determine and influence accountability for efficient use of resources and equity of access to health care
3.3 Articulate duty of care and the NP role cognisant of the legislation and professional responsibilities
4.1 Apply a high level of interpersonal and professional skills when engaging with patients, clients and members of the healthcare team in collaborative practice
4.2 Appropriately utilise multimodal strategies and innovative techniques to communicate in challenging and/or complex situations across diverse population groups with relevant stakeholders
4.3 Investigate and apply innovative techniques to empower, facilitate and support healthy behaviours, integrated care and effective teamwork
4.4 Adapt educational strategies to enable the person receiving care and caregivers to achieve comprehension and promote their active participation in care planning and ongoing management
4.5 Appraise learning needs of colleagues to support them in providing clinical care that is evidence based and appropriate
5.1 Critically reflect upon own knowledge and skills within Nurse Practitioner practice, to maintain professional standards and continuing professional development
5.2 Articulate and promote the role of the Nurse Practitioner in professional contexts to help develop the profession
5.3 Demonstrate compassionate, person-centred care through high level expertise, professionalism and excellence in health care
5.4 Practise in accordance with relevant legislation and regulation governing nurse practitioner practice within local, state and national jurisdictions
5.5 Evaluate emerging information and communication technologies and processes in improving health outcomes, promoting consumer engagement in health promotion and effecting evidence based decision-making
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants to this course need to meet the following additional requirements:

  • postgraduate qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8 in nursing
  • current registration as a nurse in Australia
  • 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 the same clinical field
  • concurrent employment in, or access to, the chosen/relevant clinical area of study
  • evidence of confirmed support to complete all professional experience requirements of the course, including integrated professional practice and supervision
  • evidence of active involvement in professional organisations and contribution to the ongoing development of the profession
  • English language proficiency and communication skills to successfully undertake academic experience and integrated professional practice requirement throughout the program.

Applicants must complete and submit the Master of Nurse Practitioner supporting documentation forms (PDF 589kB) with their application and one of the following employer statement of support forms: NSW Health Employer (Word 16kB) Non-NSW Health Employer (PDF 210kB)

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners. Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 72 credit points, comprising 12 compulsory subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91169 Nurse Practitioner Level 1 24cp
STM91170 Nurse Practitioner Level 2 24cp
STM91171 Nurse Practitioner Level 3 24cp
Total 72cp

Course program

Example programs for students undertaking the course part time are shown below.

Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
92664 Contemporary Approaches to Digital Health   6cp
92606 Nursing Leadership in Contemporary Health Care   6cp
Spring session
98728 Leadership, Accountability and Role Development in Advanced Practice   6cp
92790 Evidence-based Practice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92608 Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis   6cp
92612 Research in Health   6cp
Spring session
92609 Pharmacological Therapies in Advanced Practice   6cp
92663 Research for Nurse Practitioners   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
98727 Quality Use of Medicines in Advanced Practice   6cp
92665 Integrated Professional Practice 1   6cp
Spring session
96703 Indigenous Public Health   6cp
92666 Integrated Professional Practice 2   6cp

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a Nurse Practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. See the faculty rules for more information.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health