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Study mode

Online
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Campus locations

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Duration

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 2; Session 2 201860; 201760

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Nurse practitioners contribute significantly to the care of our communities by providing care as a primary provider and working collaboratively across the health system.

Supported workplace learning experiences

Extensive workplace learning is integral to this course and includes mentored and supervised workplace learning experience and residential schools. You'll work with academics who are experienced in supporting postgraduate online students. Extend and expand your scope of practice and work autonomously as an advanced practitioner and leader your field.

Develop your area of specialisation

Follow your passion by choosing from a range of specialised streams including chronic and complex care, emergency nursing, palliative care, mental health and primary health care.

Become a leader in your field

Develop advanced knowledge by analysing and critically reflecting upon complex information, problems, concepts and theories to develop your ideas and deliver a fresh perspective on your learning. Enhance your capacity to lead others, professionally and inter-professionally and position yourself to deliver and evaluate innovative, adaptable, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate health services.

Advance your clinical capabilities

You'll develop high-level clinical capabilities, including comprehensive and advanced health assessment skills for people with complex needs, ordering and following up on diagnostic investigations and using diagnostic reasoning to formulate diagnoses.

Flexible delivery

CSU has a national and international reputation for providing high quality online degrees. As a regional university, CSU is committed to supporting the needs of students working in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. Students from metropolitan and other urban locations also take advantage of the flexible delivery and practical orientation of the courses.

Upon completion of the course and, with evidence that students have completed 5,000 hours of practice at an advanced level, graduates will be eligible to apply to the NMBA for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner.

The MCN(NP) has been accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. This will enable eligible graduates to apply for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner.

The MCN(NP) has been accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) which will lead to the graduate making application for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
This approval starts from the 8th September 2015 until the 8th September 2020.

Students will undertake 160 hours of mentored professional experience in the core and elective nursing subjects prior to undertaking an additional 320 hours of mandatory supervised professional experience.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

NRS554 Advanced Clinical Practicum
NRS512 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing
NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1
NRS534 Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing
NRS533 Advancing Emergency Care Nursing Practice
NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice
NRS546 Clinical Management of Older People
NRS552 Diagnostic Reasoning 2
NRS548 High Dependency Nursing
NRS547 Applied Emergency Nursing in the Rural and Remote Setting
NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health
NRS551 Diagnostic Reasoning 1

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects have a compulsory residential school which must be attended at the Orange campus:

NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice
NRS546 Clinical Management of Older People
NRS552 Diagnostic Reasoning 2
NRS547 Applied Emergency Nursing in the Rural and Remote Setting
NRS548 High Dependency Nursing
NRS551 Diagnostic Reasoning 1

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

After graduation, you will be equipped as an advanced practitioner in generalist settings in rural, remote and metropolitan locations in both private and public health care settings. You'll be well placed to assume key roles in advanced nursing practice. Following completion of the course and, with evidence you've completed 5000 hours of practice at an advanced level within the past six years, you'll be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for endorsement as a nurse practitioner.

Drive policy development

Assume a leadership role within the profession and contribute to advanced evidence based practice and policy decision.

Build expertise in your area of passion

Specialty streams enable you to provide advanced clinical support across complex and critical patient and community requirements – enhancing your local health area network's overall capability.

Further industry capability and impact

Nurse practitioners play a significant role in the advancement of the nursing profession through research activity and the dissemination of research results to others.

After graduation, you will be equipped as an advanced practitioner in generalist settings in rural, remote and metropolitan locations in both private and public health care settings. You'll be well placed to assume key roles in advanced nursing practice. Following completion of the course and, with evidence you've completed 5000 hours of practice at an advanced level within the past six years, you'll be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for endorsement as a nurse practitioner.

Drive policy development

Assume a leadership role within the profession and contribute to advanced evidence based practice and policy decision.

Build expertise in your area of passion

Specialty streams enable you to provide advanced clinical support across complex and critical patient and community requirements – enhancing your local health area network's overall capability.

Further industry capability and impact

Nurse practitioners play a significant role in the advancement of the nursing profession through research activity and the dissemination of research results to others.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

Applicants may apply for recognition of prior learning based on the credit regulations of the University. Applicants may be granted credit on the basis of evidence demonstrating successful completion of previous study within 10 years prior to the commencement of the course. The applicant must have completed comparable subject matter in prior studies at the same academic level as the degree in which the student intends to enrol. Credit will not be granted for undergraduate subjects in a postgraduate course.

The credit granted for a postgraduate course shall not exceed 50 percent (48 points) of the total point value (96 points) of the course.
 

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is only available to study on campus.

The Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is only available to study online.

You can study the Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) online or on campus.

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LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

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Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineOrangeFPPGNYNOSNO

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Samuel de Keizer – CSU Nursing Graduate

"I wanted to learn at a university that is known and respected in the health industry. CSU is a valued rural educator who understands online education to deliver a course that enhances my learning."

Samuel de Keizer – CSU Nursing Graduate

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The MCN(NP) will comprise 96 points, in which students will undertake a combination of 8 and 16 point subjects designed to prepare them for advanced practice. These subjects will be presented in a blended and flexible online learning modality. The course can be undertaken full time over 1.5 years or part-time over 2 years  (utilising 3 sessions in a year).

Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) (96 points)

Core Subjects

NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice
BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
BMS511 Processes of Pathology
NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice (16 points)
NRS551 Diagnostic Reasoning 1
NRS552 Diagnostic Reasoning 2
NRS553 Advanced Practice: Clinical and Professional Leadership
NRS554 Advanced Practicum

and an 8 point subject chosen from these Restricted Electives:

NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1
NRS512 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing
NRS533 Advancing Emergency Nursing Practice
NRS534 Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing
NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health

and students must choose 16 points from this list of Restricted Electives:

HSM409 Evidence Based Health Care Delivery
NRS408 Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Nursing 1
NRS409 Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Nursing 2
NRS420 Perspectives in Managing Chronic and Complex Conditions
NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1
NRS422 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 2
NRS423 Advanced Chronic Care Nursing Practice
NRS512 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing
NRS533 Advancing Emergency Nursing Practice
NRS534 Foundations of Palliative Care
NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health
NRS537 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 1 (16 points)
NRS538 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 2 (16 points)
NRS543 Clinical Management in Palliative Care (16 points)
NRS544 Cultural Competence in Indigenous Health: Implications for Nursing Practice
NRS546 Clinical Management of Older People (16 points)
NRS547 Applied Emergency Nursing in the Rural and Remote Setting
NRS548 High Dependency Nursing
NRS549 Introduction to Child and Family Health Practice
NRS550 Clinical Perspectives in Child and Family Health Practice

 

Full-time Progression

Year 1 

Session 2 (60)

BMS511 Processes of Pathology
BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

Plus an 8 point Restricted Elective chosen from:

NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1
NRS512 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing
NRS533 Advancing Emergency Nursing Practice
NRS534 Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing
NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health

Session 3 (90)

NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice (16 points)
[Restricted Elective/s (16 points)]
 

Year 2

Session 1 (30)

NRS551 Diagnostic Reasoning 1
NRS552 Diagnostic Reasoning 2

 Session 2 (60)

NRS553 Advanced Practice: Clinical and Professional Leadership
NRS554 Advanced Clinical Practicum
 

Part -time Progression

Year 1

Session 2 (60)

BMS511 Processes of Pathology
Plus an 8 point Restricted Elective chosen from:

NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1
NRS512 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing
NRS533 Advancing Emergency Nursing Practice
NRS534 Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing
NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health

Session 3 (90)

BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
NRS532 Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice

Year 2

Session 1 (30)

NRS531 Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice (16 points)

Session 2 (60)

[Restricted Elective/s (16 points)]

Session 3 (90)

NRS551 Diagnostic Reasoning 1
NRS552 Diagnostic Reasoning 2  

Year 3

Session 1 (30)

NRS553 Advanced Practice: Clinical and Professional Leadership
NRS554 Advanced Clinical Practicum

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate with a Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) students must complete 96 points. Students must complete a minimum of 48 points of core subjects including the subjects where mandatory supervised professional experience is included.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees. Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

As a HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. CSU also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates may apply for a scholarship to cover their tuition fees, living costs and research costs. Please visit the CSU Higher Degree by Research Scholarships for more information. The main round of Australian Government funded Research Training Program scholarships is open for applications in September and October each year.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Apply direct to CSU

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Applications for our research degrees can be lodged at any time. Before applying, you should make contact with the appropriate Sub-Dean of Graduate Studies.

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