Master of Nurse Practitioner
As a prospective student of the Master of Nurse Practitioner program with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, there are probably a few additional things you would like to know about the program and how to apply.
The items listed below cover most topics and should answer most of your questions. If there is something you are unable to locate an answer for please feel free to contact us on the details below.
To enrol in the program, a person must -
- Hold an approved postgraduate qualification in a clinical field and
- Hold an unrestricted licence to practice as a registered nurse in Australia, with no condition on registration related to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct; and
- Have completed a minimum of two years full-time equivalent (FTE) as a registered nurse in a specified field and two years FTE of current advanced nursing practice in this same clinical field; and
- Satisfy the Executive Dean that the person is able to meet the practicum requirements of the program
* The definition of advanced practice nursing can be found in the Endorsement as a nurse practitioner registration standard
On successful completion of this program students will be eligible to apply for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Australia through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
The registration standard on endorsement as a nurse practitioner states that an applicant seeking endorsement as a nurse practitioner must be able to demonstrate:
- current general registration as a registered nurse in Australia with no conditions or undertakings relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct
- the equivalent of three (3) years full-time experience (5,000 hours) at the clinical advanced nursing practice level, within the past six years, from the date when the complete application seeking endorsement as a nurse practitioner is received by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
- successful completion of:
- an NMBA-approved program of study leading to endorsement as a nurse practitioner, or
- a program that is substantially equivalent to an NMBA-approved program of studying leading to endorsement as a nurse practitioner as determined by the NMBA
- Board-approved nurse practitioner, program of study at Masters level or equivalent as determined by the Board;
- compliance with the National Competency Standards for the Nurse Practitioner
How to Apply
Students should complete the Master of Nurse Practitioner Application Pack and submit it along with the required supporting documents (listed below) via the ‘Apply Online’ button found on the Course and Programs page.
Documents to be submitted with your application:
- Completed Application Pack
- Certified copies of your Academic Transcripts (Certified by Justice of the Peace or Commissioners for Declarations).
- Evidence of your current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
- Curriculum Vitae – this should be current and include relevant work experience with dates and whether employment was full or part-time.
- Evidence of active involvement in professional activity.
Clinical Support Team (CST)
The UQ program requests that CST members and the CM be employed at a minimum of 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) to enable consistent supervision and assessment in practice. The nurse practitioner student will be working closely with their team to expand and further develop their clinical skills, decision-making, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, patient management, and professional practice.
It is desirable that the members of the CST have at least one of the following: educational training, experience from supervising previous NP candidates, or experience of supervising registrar or medical students.
UQ students on clinical placements are registered with AHPRA, you are required to declare to the University if you have an impairment that may detrimentally affect your capacity to undertake clinical practice or may place the public at substantial risk of harm. The information you provide may be disclosed to AHPRA, otherwise it will remain confidential.
The Master of Nurse Practitioner is offered as an external program; however there is one compulsory residential school per semester, held at our St Lucia Campus in Brisbane.
Students will need to meet the cost of attending residential schools themselves including travel and accommodation.
Emails and Computers
As this program is delivered in external mode, access to a reliable computer and internet connection is essential. As a base level expectation, the University expects its Students to have private access to:
- A computer with a CD-rom drive that supports a basic Windows-style or Mac-style platform, including word-processing and spread sheet programs and anti-virus software
- Access to Internet (preferably broadband connection)
- Students are responsible for ensuring their private computer is updated with the latest system patches and the anti-virus software is kept up-to-date
- It is important to regularly check your UQ email account, as the University sends important information on topics including enrolment and HECS via the student email account. Your email account will also be used by lecturers or tutors trying to get in contact with you. myUQ provides a Web-based interface, called myMail, if you prefer you can set up this to forward the e-mails to your favourite email program, such as Outlook or Entourage
Fees and Scholarships
This program currently has Commonwealth Supported Places (including HECS-Help) available to eligible Australian Citizens. Eligible students will be automatically considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place on acceptance into the program. Fees can be calculated via the Fees Calculator.
Scholarships may also be available through varying organisations. Some of the available scholarships can be found via the UQ Website below, but it is also worth doing your own search for scholarships that may not be listed here.