About this course
|Award title||Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)|
|Year & campus||2020 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||100 credit points|
|Duration||24 months part-time|
The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) is an accredited course by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. It is offered over 2 years' part time. Upon completion of the program students will meet the education criteria for entry on the Australian Health Practitioner Register as an endorsed Nurse Practitioner.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed either:
- a Master of Nursing Science; or
- a Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent qualification); and
- current general registration as a Registered Nurse with no conditions on registration relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct; and
- A minimum of 5 years experience as a registered nurse, with 2 years full time equivalent (FTE) experience in a clinical field and two years FTE of advanced nursing practice in the same clinical field within the last 6 years; and
- Postgraduate qualification (minimum graduate certificate) in this clinical field, or equivalent; and
- Current employment in an advanced clinical nursing practice role in the same clinical field as previous experience and education; and
- Documentation of employer support, primary supervisor commitment, multi-disciplinary clinical development arrangements and access to supernumerary Integrated Professional Practice (IPP) experience.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance; and
- the professional experience.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
- Advanced standing will be granted on the basis of studies completed outside the course and / or university according to Credit, Advanced Standing and Accelerated Entry Policy (MPF1293).
- IPP arrangements will be negotiated between the student, employer and the University. Supernumerary IPP may be completed in alternative agencies to the one in which the student is employed. Similar support arrangements will be required.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providing support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Professional accreditationNurse Practitioner endorsement with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia requires that the registered nurse meet a number of criteria, one of which is completion of an appropriate Masters level program of study which may be 1. an NMBA approved program or 2/ a program that the applicant is able to demonstrate is equivalent. To be approved by the NMBA the curriculum must be accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). The current Nurse Practitioner program was accredited in 2013 and is due for reaccreditation in 2018. The changes to the program that are detailed in this application are in accord with the ANMAC education standards for NP programs of study.
Intended learning outcomes
Direct comprehensive care:
Provide safe, effective, person-centred health care to consumers
- Use diagnostic tests judiciously to appropriately inform the health assessment.
- Negotiate referral and transition of consumer care to alternative health care clinicians to promote optimal health outcome.
- Review therapeutic impact of care and where appropriate modify therapeutic plans to better meet agreed healthcare goals
- Provide comprehensive and appropriate health education which is adapted to consumer and family health literacy.
- Conduct comprehensive health assessments, which respect individual diversity and acknowledge the social determinants of health.
- Identify and respond to clinical risk to minimise consumer harm.
- Interpret and synthesise scientific and consumer data to inform diagnostic decision making.
- Develop comprehensive consumer focused health care plans that reflect health care team, consumer and family collaboration and negotiated healthcare goals and respects individual diversity.
- Promote quality, continuity and coordination of care by consulting and/or liaising with other clinicians (including other disciplines), health care services/organisations and other agencies.
- Competently and effectively use a variety of evidence based therapeutic (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) modalities to address healthcare needs.
- Demonstrate quality use of medicines, which is in accordance with relevant legislation and regulation.
Support of systems:
Influence health care systems and services to achieve better outcomes for consumers, their families, health care providers, the community and the health care system
- Establish partnerships between consumers and the health care team to identify outcome based service &/or improvement initiatives.
- Promotes, plans and leads service &/or practice improvement initiatives.
- Establish effective methods for evaluation to determine the impact of service and service and/or practice improvement initiatives.
- Critique heath service models and policies and recognise their impact on consumer access to service, service costs and efficiency and the quality and effectiveness of service.
- Make consumer focused clinical decisions that reflect accountability for consumption of resources and the impact on the service.
- Advocate for patient, community, service, discipline needs in a wide range of forums.
Educate self & others (consumers, health care professionals etc) regarding the focus of & available options for care
- Negotiate appropriate plans using a range of strategies to meet learning needs of the consumer and their families .
- Evaluate the acquisition of knowledge and skill in those receiving education.
- Collaborate with consumers and their families and colleagues to identify their learning needs and establish their health literacy.
- Support colleagues to identify and address learning needs using a range of strategies and resources.
- Act as an educator and/or mentor to colleagues.
- Identify and address own learning needs to ensure maintenance of high standards of evidence based practice.
Apply evidence to practice, identify the clinical evidence gaps and inform and contribute to future clinical and research inquiry to address these gaps
- Promote and demonstrate evidence based practice.
- Implement evidence-based innovations to improve clinical care and service effectiveness.
- Appraise and critique available evidence to expand discipline-specific knowledge and identify significant gaps in the clinical evidence base.
- Plan and implement consumer centred care which is supported by the best available evidence.
- Embed evaluation methodology in all aspects of service and practice.
- Lead or contribute to research aimed at addressing clinical evidence gaps.
Publication and professional leadership:
Demonstrate professional and clinical leadership in clinical, organisational, political and community forums and make scholarly contribution to the discipline and/or specialty
- Use influence and leadership to promote growth and development in colleagues.
- Establish effective inter-professional collaborations and lead clinical teams.
- Influence and/or lead health-care planning, system innovation, workforce reform or policy or practice change and improvement initiatives via organisational, governmental or professional body committees etc.
- Promote the role, specialty and discipline in a range of political, community and discipline-specific and inter-professional forums.
- Recognise the impact of national health priorities and health care policy on the NP role and identify development opportunities.
- Make scholarly contribution to the discipline and/or specialty via publication, presentation etc.
At the completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:
• the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation
• critical thinking and analytical skills
• an openness to new ideas
• the ability to communicate scientific knowledge through oral, written and web based media
• professional leadership skills
The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:
- have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
- reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problemsolving and communication
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
Knowledgeable across disciplines
- examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
Leaders in communities
- initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- mentor future generations of learners
- engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
Attuned to cultural diversity
- value different cultures
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
- respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
Active global citizens
- accept social and civic responsibilities
- be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
- have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics
The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (NP) prepares graduates to be clinically proficient, professionally articulate and ready to assume a major responsibility in developing new professional roles, devising new models of care and overseeing dynamic changes to practice.
Students must complete the following core subjects:
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|NURS90134||Introducing Advanced Practice Nursing||
|NURS90070||Implementing Evidence for Practice||
|NURS90120||Evidence in Practice||
|PHRM90002||Pharmacology for Health Professionals||
|NURS90133||Preparing for Advanced Practice Nursing||
Semester 1 (Early-Start)
|NURS90071||Quality Use of Medicines||
|NURS90132||Transitioning to Advanced Practice||
Last updated: 1 July 2020