Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

This is a clinically focused course designed to enable advanced practice registered nurses to incorporate application of high-level knowledge and skills into extended practice in a variety of complex situations, to develop their professional efficacy, autonomy and accountability, and clinical leadership in professional health practice.


This 80 credit point course consists of core and specialist elective units building on the foundation of specialist knowledge and skills, evidence-based practice, cultural safety and introductory pharmacology acquired at the Graduate Diploma level. The core units address the ANMC Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners and encompass acquisition of advanced and extended knowledge and skills, critical thinking, comprehensive history and client assessment, diagnosis, complex problem solving and expanded client management required for autonomous clinical practice.


  • Nurse practitioner

Standard entry requirements

All applicants must: a) have successfully completed a Graduate Diploma or equivalent in their nursing specialty area, b) hold current Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) general registration as a registered nurse with no conditions on registration relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct, c) have a minimum of five years of full time equivalent (FTE) experience as a Registered Nurse including: *a minimum of three years of post-registration experience in their speciality area, and *a minimum of one year FTE at an advanced practice level in the relevant specialty area of practice, and d) be currently employed for a minimum of 0.6 FTE in an advanced practice role in their specialty area. All applicants must ensure they correctly answer the question relating to nursing current practising certificate when applying. SATAC will attempt to confirm their registration on the online register with AHPRA but if SATAC is unable to do so, applicants will be asked to submit a certified copy of their certificate.


Graduates of this course will be eligible to apply to the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Casuarina Domestic: $22,752
No information available Yes
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
  • Flexible Delivery

Further information

All applicants must provide: a) a CV demonstrating active involvement in professional organisations and contribution to the ongoing development of the profession; and b) written evidence of support from their employer to complete the extended practice components of the course. Additional information can be found on the School of Health website

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