Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMAdvNurs(NP)
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)3 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit:

Course coordinator

Dr Beverley Copnell


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.


The role of nurse practitioner (NP) is important and growing throughout Australia. The nurse practitioner has an advanced role that includes health assessment and management and may include, but is not limited to, the direct referral of patients to other health care professionals, prescribing medications and ordering diagnostic investigations. NPs work autonomously in advanced and extended clinical practice roles in hospitals and community settings in collaboration with other members of the health care team.

This course is intended for registered nurses working in advanced practice roles intending to seek endorsement as nurse practitioners with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On completion of this course students will be expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate achievement of the advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a nurse practitioner
  • demonstrate high level interpersonal, problem solving and clinical decision making in professional practice
  • provide holistic, person-centred advanced nursing care in specific health care settings
  • utilise research to enhance health outcomes and evaluate nursing interventions
  • plan, deliver and evaluate health programs and services
  • analyse ethical, legal and political aspects of the nurse practitioner role
  • develop advanced skills in medication management, health assessment and diagnosis
  • demonstrate achievement of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Competency Standards for the nurse practitioner.


This course consists of six units comprising five 12-point core units, and 12 points of elective units from an approved list of units offered within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Students are required to be employed in an advanced practice role for the duration of the course, with support for supervised extended clinical practice. (Note: A minimum of three years EFT advanced practice experience is required for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner)

Areas of study


First year

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5411 Advanced clinical assessment and diagnostic reasoning

Second year

  • NUR5208 Therapeutic medication management
  • NUR5219 Advanced clinical practice for nurse practitioner

Third year

  • NUR5218 Advanced clinical decision making
  • 12 points of elective units from the list below


All units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated.

  • CRH5016 Interprofessional rural health practice (6 points)
  • MCM9017 Medical ethics (6 points)
  • MCM9019 Ophthalmology (6 points)
  • MCM9204 Dermatology
  • MCM9207 Child health
  • MCM9302 Stress management (6 points)
  • MCM9306 Issues in general practice prescribing (6 points)
  • NUR5202 Nursing informatics
  • NUR5204 Education in nursing and midwifery
  • NUR5833 Refugee health and wellbeing


Master of Advanced Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)