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Master of Nursing Practice

Course Description

The Master of Nursing Practice is a two-year graduate entry master degree that can lead you to be eligible for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.The course consists of four semesters plus a summer term coursework program.

In this comprehensive program of study, you will cover a diverse range of simulated practice and fieldwork, interprofessional learning, contemporary blended learning and advanced clinical development.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to integrate evidence-based theory and clinical practice. Theory content is comprehensive and includes physical, biological, psychological and social sciences.


Professional practice experience is integrated into the course. Overall, you will be required to complete 216 hours of simulated experience and 840 hourse of professional practice experience in an appropriate workplace.

Professional recognition

This course is designed to meet the regulations of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. When you successfully complete the course requirements, you are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Registration is subject to meeting all requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. To meet the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, you are expected to complete the course within five years. Failure to complete the course in the allocated time period may mean you will need to undertake additional units to ensure currency of practice.

Career opportunities

Upon graduation, you can work as a registered nurse in a variety of health settings such as public and private hospitals, community centres, nursing homes, home-based services and international organisations. Opportunities also exist in clinical education, research and management areas.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis. To be considered for credit, work experience and qualifications must be completed within the previous seven years (from the date of enrolment). Further information can be found at the future students website.

Other notes

Application Deadline: 4 weeks prior to start of Semester 2 This course is available part-time to Australian citizens and permanent residents and is subject to unit availabilities, which may increase the course duration. International students studying in Australia on a student visa are required to undertake a full-time internal study load.

Additional requirements

Mandatory requirements for clinical practice include:

Manual Handling and Basic Life Support Certificate is required prior to commencement of the course and then updated on a yearly basis.

Department of Health Criminal Record Screening

National Police Screen

Working with Children Check

You will need to keep these requirements current during your course. You are responsible for the cost of these. You must also be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in health care facilities.

It is a condition of enrolment that applicants are screened for, and immunised against contracting a number of infectious illnesses before starting the clinical program. Click here for further information on health screening. You must cover your own screening and vaccination costs.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

Visit the Master of Nursing Practice page on the Curtin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must hold a recognised bachelor degree or graduate degree with a high course weighted average (greater than 70 per cent). It is essential that you have sucessfully completed a research unit and a human biology-related unit at tertiary level. Applicants will be required to have completed a postgraduate application form and provide certified copies of academic transcripts and a detailed curriculum vitae. You will be required to provide supplementary information with your application. Curtin University requires all students to demonstrate competency in English. International students are required to demonstrate an IELTS of 7.0.

Course Fees

Australian/New Zealand: $7,650, International: $63,200

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