Highlights

  • Complete in 3 semesters full time or 6 semesters part time.
  • Prepare for senior leadership and advanced practice nursing roles.
  • Align your study with your career goals by selecting a dissertation or project pathway.
  • Choose to specialise in: acute care nursing; cancer nursing; chronic health care nursing; emergency nursing; gastroenterology nursing; health professional education; intensive care nursing; paediatric, child and youth health nursing.

Highlights

  • Complete in 3 semesters full-time.
  • Prepare for senior leadership and advanced practice nursing roles.
  • Align your study with your career goals by selecting a dissertation or project pathway.
  • Students can specialise in chronic health care nursing or health professional education. You may also choose no major and select electives from a range of areas.

Why choose this course?

QUT's School of Nursing has an established reputation as a provider of postgraduate programs that recognise and respond to priorities in clinical nursing practice and prepare professionals for specialist and leadership positions.

In consultation with industry partners, the school has recently reviewed its postgraduate programs to ensure continued alignment with industry's need for graduates who demonstrate nursing leadership and advanced practice skills.

The comprehensive content incorporates change management theory, research and project implementation capability, leadership skills and knowledge for the improvement of practice and service delivery, and the socio-political aspects of contemporary nursing practice.

You will opt to major in one study area and will select a dissertation or project pathway. You may also choose to complete the program with no major and select electives from a wide list that includes the science of pharmacology, health statistics, dementia, and quality management in health.

Why choose this course?

QUT's School of Nursing has an established reputation as a provider of postgraduate programs that recognise and respond to priorities in clinical nursing practice and prepare professionals for specialist and leadership positions.

In consultation with industry partners, the school has recently reviewed its postgraduate programs to ensure continued alignment with industry's need for graduates who demonstrate nursing leadership and advanced practice skills.

The comprehensive content incorporates change management theory, research and project implementation capability, leadership skills and knowledge for the improvement of practice and service delivery, and the socio-political aspects of contemporary nursing practice.

You will also select a dissertation or project pathway and will opt to major in either health professional education or chronic health care nursing. You may also choose to complete the program with no major and select electives from a wide list that includes the science of pharmacology, health statistics, dementia, and quality management in health.

Explore this course

What to expect

Flexible delivery

Our programs offer you a supportive, flexible learning environment that integrates online technologies and promotes a socially collaborative community.

This course is delivered in full-time and part-time study mode. You may choose to complete the course online (external) or on campus. External students are supported with an extensive learning package of electronic resources.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

The Master of Advanced Practice Nursing prepares you for leadership roles in specialist areas of health care. Graduates will demonstrate leadership of teams, autonomy, expert judgement, and the agility to improve healthcare outcomes and service delivery models.

Possible careers

  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Executive Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Unit Manager
  • Nursing Director

Details and units

This course offers a variety of career pathways for nurses working in diverse settings and provides opportunities for in-depth study for advanced competence in selected areas of nursing practice.

Students in the masters program complete a specialised study area or no specialisation. You will have the option to study either the Project Stream or the Dissertation Stream.  The Project Stream is recommended for nurses wishing to pursue a career as Nurse Unit Managers, Clinical Nurse Consultants, Directors of Nursing or Clinical Nurse Educators.  The Dissertation Stream is recommended for nurses wishing to pursue a career as Nurse Researchers, Nurse Academics or progress onto a PhD.

Additional electives are available to students undertaking the Project Stream.

Study areas

The following study areas are offered to domestic students:

  • acute care nursing
  • cancer nursing
  • chronic health care nursing
  • emergency nursing
  • intensive care nursing
  • paediatric, child and youth health nursing
  • health professional education
  • gastroenterology nursing

Alternatively, students may choose to select units from across the specialisations or electives.

Acute care nursing

Students complete studies in advanced health assessment and nursing practice, issues and trends in acute care nursing, and critically analyse the advanced concepts that underpin this specialist area. Students will initiate plans of care to address common needs/problems experienced by acute patients.

You must be currently working at least 0.5 FTE (full-time equivalent) in a setting where acutely ill patients are encountered. Examples include, but are not limited to, acute medical-surgical, rehabilitation, orthopaedic, community and residential, general practice, renal and chronic care settings.

Cancer nursing

Students develop competency in the practice of cancer nursing, examine major issues and trends in cancer nursing scholarship and practice, plan appropriate strategies/intervention for client care and develop an understanding of research applied to cancer nursing practice.

You must be currently working at least 0.5 FTE (full-time equivalent) in a setting where care is delivered to cancer patients. Examples include medical and radiation oncology, haematology, medical-surgical, community and aged care residential settings.

Chronic health care nursing

This course draws on expertise from a number of health disciplines and meets the needs of nurses who want to gain specific skills for more advanced practice opportunities, especially those working with patients who may have a range of chronic health conditions.

It also focuses on prevention and promotion of health to prevent or delay the onset of chronic health conditions.

Emergency nursing

Students explore the key issues, trends, and challenges in emergency nursing scholarship and develop an understanding of research applied to emergency nursing practice. Students develop skills in patient assessment, planning, and implementation of health care in the emergency area.

You must:

  • be currently working at least 0.5 FTE (full-time equivalent) in an emergency setting
  • have a minimum of three months FTE (full-time equivalent) experience in an emergency setting.

Intensive care nursing

Students explore the theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge required to provide effective nursing care for diverse and complex critically ill patients in the intensive care unit, an increasingly complex technological environment.

You must:

  • be currently working at least 0.5 FTE in a level II (two) or III (three) intensive care unit, as defined by the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM), Minimum Standards for Intensive Care Units; or as accredited by the CICM for training in intensive care medicine
  • have a minimum of three months FTE (full-time equivalent) experience in an intensive care unit as defined above.

Paediatric, child and youth health nursing

This program is designed for nurses working in acute or community settings to develop competency in the practice of paediatric nursing or child and youth health nursing. Students will examine major issues and trends in nursing scholarship and practice, and develop an understanding of research in this area.

This study area requires you to undertake clinical practice in a paediatric, child and youth health nursing setting. Examples include acute paediatric or community health settings. If you wish to focus on issues relating to acute child and family health, you must be currently working at least 0.5 FTE (full-time equivalent) in an acute paediatric setting.

Health professional education

Students critically examine contemporary educational theories and explore the principles of learning and teaching underpinning best practice. Students implement and evaluate learning and teaching activties in diverse settings and critically reflect on the effectiveness of a learning program including assessment review.

This option has no additional professional experience requirements.

Gastroenterology nursing

Students develop advanced knowledge and skills in the practice of gastroenterology nursing. Students plan appropriate strategies and intervention for patient care and develop an understanding of research applied to gastroenterology nursing practice.

You must be currently working at least 0.5 FTE (full-time equivalent) and have a minimum of three months FTE in a setting where care is delivered to gastroenterology patients. Examples include gastroenterology wards or day clinics, endoscopy units/clinic, medical wards caring for gastroenterology patients.

No major option

Students complete core units and choose additional units from a list of electives covering more than one study area (two electives for the thesis strand and four electives for the project strand).

This option has no additional professional experience requirements.

International students can only undertake no major or a major in:

  • chronic health care nursing
  • health professional education.

No major provides the option of choosing units from more than one study area.

Requirements

Course code
NS80
CRICOS code
096267A
Delivery
  • External
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • External
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time

The part-time study option is only available to students studying from their home country or onshore students on an Australian government visa other than a student visa that permits the holder of that visa to study.

Duration
1.5 years full-time

The part-time study option is only available to students studying from their home country or onshore students on an Australian government visa other than a student visa that permits the holder of that visa to study.

Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July

Entry requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in nursing.
  • Current registration as a Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirements

You need either:

  • a completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4 (on QUT's 7 point scale)in nursing; or
  • a completed recognised associate degree in nursing and one of year work experience as a registered nurse (or equivalent).

The Master of Advanced Practice Nursing does not lead to registration as a nurse in Australia. International students seeking registration in Australia should contact the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for further advice or consider our Bachelor of Nursing program.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: $21,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $30,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

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