Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Administration and Availability Information

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

  1. Must be registered as a nurse with AHPRA with no conditions relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct; and

  2. Have completed an bachelor degree in nursing, at this or another University; or hold equivalent qualifications; or submit, as an exceptional case, other evidence of appropriate professional attainments including professional experience in nursing; and

  3. Hold a postgraduate qualification in their specialty area; and

  4. Have completed a minimum of five years full-time equivalent (FTE) of clinical experience as a registered nurse of which at least three years FTE is in a relevant specialty area including one year FTE in an advanced practice level in the relevant specialty area of practice; and

  5. Be concurrently employed at least 0.5 FTE in an advanced practice*/nurse practitioner student role for the duration of the course; and

  6. Have access to clinical supervision in their specialty area.

Entry requirements for this course meet the ANMAC Accreditation Standards and Criteria of the degree.

*The definition of advanced practice or advanced practice nursing when used in this document is given to mean the definition as provided in the NMBA Document Endorsement as a nurse practitioner registration standard available at

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

Applicants must submit the following additional registration forms with application:

  1. Nurse Practitioner Student Registration form

  2. Nurse Practitioner Clinical Supervisor Registration form

  3. Nurse Practitioner Clinical Placement Schedule

For more information, refer to Additional Information for Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) Applicants

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B.  A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body.  If a student has not complied with the above requirement before the start of their first placement, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

For more information, refer to:

JCU Infectious Diseases Policy and Immunisation Guidelines

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements

Candidates are required to undertake a portion of the course via a block and/or limited attendance mode delivery. Candidates not resident in the Townsville region are required to arrange accommodation at their own expense.

Course Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of the range of extended practice competencies, behaviours, ethical frameworks and professional responsibilities of Nurse Practitioners in a way that integrates them into a nursing model of practice as is appropriate in a rural, remote, indigenous and tropical context

  • Synthesise and interpret complex and varied individual and population health presentations and data, and apply a contemporary and advanced body of nursing knowledge and technical skill to design, implement and evaluate management plans that are responsive to patient determined outcomes in stable, unpredictable and complex situations

  • Develop strategies to promote and optimize the health, welfare and autonomy of individuals and populations

  • Evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts in their individual practice context

  • Deliver and facilitate safe and effective collaborative patient-centred health outcomes within a clearly defined and accepted scope of practice

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development and contribute to the professional development of others

  • Interpret and justify to specialist and non-specialist audiences’ theoretical propositions and methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through high level literacy, numeracy and oral communication skills

  • Design, plan and ethically execute a research-based project and/or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

NS5201:03 Research Design: Theory and Application

NS5790:03 Leadership and Dispute Resolution Skills for Nurses and Midwives

NS5901:03 Extended Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners

NS5902:03 Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making for Nurse Practitioners

NS5903:03 Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practice 1

NS5921:03 Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners 1

NS5905:03 Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners

NS5906:03 Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practice 2

NS5922:03 Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners 2

NS5366:03 Practice Development Project


Select 6 credit points from NS, HS and TM level 5 and level 6 subjects







Expected time to complete

24 months part-time (not available full-time)

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/Professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements

Must be registered as a nurse with AHPRA with no conditions relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points (maximum 12 credit points for formal studies; maximum of 6 credit points Recognised Prior Learning [RPL]).


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Studies undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements to JCU awards may not be used for advanced standing.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

No majors shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable