Master of Nurse Practitioner (MNPractitioner)

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Special Notes

There will be no intake into this program in Semester 1, 2024.

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Master of Nurse Practitioner is designed to provide opportunities for registered nurses to expand their skills and extend their scope of practice to prepare them for roles as nurse practitioners. In addition, students will develop advanced skills in clinical inquiry, practice and leadership in professional nursing. To be eligible for entry into the Master of Nurse Practitioner, students must have completed the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science, or an equivalent degree, and have at least two years’ post-registration nursing experience.

The Master of Nurse Practitioner will provide graduates with a rigorous grounding in research methods, extended clinical practice skills, advanced health assessment, applied pharmacology, diagnostics, critical analysis, clinical management and leadership.

The Master of Nurse Practitioner is an AQF Level 9 Masters Extension qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.


Condition of Admission
Student and Professional Registration: Students must be registered or eligible for registration as a nurse in South Australia.

Employment: Students are required to maintain continuing employment at a minimum fraction of 0.6 FTE in an area that supports active candidature as a nurse practitioner in order to complete Extended Clinical Practice I and Extended Clinical Practice II. If the employment status changes and students can no longer meet the requirement for continuing employment they may transfer to the Master of Nursing Science.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Master of Nurse Practitioner

There shall be a Master of Nurse Practitioner.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Master of Nurse Practitioner, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 6 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 12 units
  3. Work based training / extra mural studies to the value of 6 units