Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Information valid for students commencing in 2015.
Professional Accreditation Status
This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). On Successful completion graduates are eligible to apply for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Graduates of this course will be eligible for registration as a Nurse Practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Master Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Tropical Health and Medicine
Must be registered as a nurse with AHPRA with no conditions relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct; and
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
Hold a postgraduate qualification in their specialty area; and
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
Be concurrently employed at least 0.5 FTE in an advanced practice*/nurse practitioner student role for the duration of the course; and
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 http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Additional selection requirements
Applicants must submit the following additional registration forms with application:
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:
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
36 credit points
Additional course rules
Additional completion requirements
Students are required to undertake a portion of the course via a block and/or limited attendance mode delivery. Students 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:
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
24 months part-time (not available full-time)
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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
Must be registered as a Registered 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
Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
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 student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.
Studies undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements to JCU awards may not be used for advanced standing.
Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Inclusion of majors on testamur
No majors shall appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award