This course is only available to Australian citizens or permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens


  • First program in Australia to be accredited under new ANMAC Practitioner Accreditation Standards.
  • Increased focus on primary health care, Indigenous health, leadership skills, assessment and research.
  • As a nurse practitioner you'll be able to assess and treat clients in a specialty field, order diagnostic investigations, prescribe medications and other interventions and more.
QUT course code NS87
Attendance Part-time
Course duration 2 years part-time
Note: This is an accelerated two-year part-time program incorporating two summer semesters.
Start month 2019 February
Delivery External
  • Online
Note: It is recommended you attend on-campus experiences during Orientation week in semesters 1 and 2 of your first year of study.
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
  • Nurse Practitioner

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The Master of Nurse Practitioner provides an opportunity for registered nurses to acquire an advanced level of knowledge and skill in preparation for endorsement as a nurse practitioner. The course demonstrates a clear integration with national nurse practitioner standards of practice that are grounded in research and leadership. Further development is enabled with enrolment in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Why choose this course?

The new Master of Nurse Practitioner has an increased focus on primary health care, Indigenous health, leadership skills, health assessment and research. It is the first course in Australia to be accredited under the new ANMAC Nurse Practitioner Accreditation Standards.

Students in this program develop high level innovative communication and leadership skills and advanced clinical knowledge in specialised fields of practice. Graduates are able to:

  • conduct advanced comprehensive health assessments and treat consumers in a specialty field;
  • order diagnostic investigations;
  • prescribe medications and other interventions;
  • directly refer patients to other healthcare professionals;
  • think critically and creatively in complex and unfamiliar environments, in both autonomous and multi-disciplinary modes of practice.

Flexible delivery

This course is delivered in part-time study mode and is available through blended learning approaches. Students are provided with an extensive learning package of electronic resources delivered through the QUT Blackboard site.

Note: First-year students will be required to attend on-campus sessions during Orientation Week in Semester 1, Semester 2, and during week 1 of Summer Semester.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates may apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) ANMAC for authorisation to practise as a nurse practitioner in Australia.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised graduate certificate in nursing in the nominated specialty area; and current registration as a nurse (Division 1) without conditions with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Additional entry requirements

You must provide:

  • a statement of service on an official letterhead confirming that you have a minimum of four years full-time equivalent (FTE) clinical practice experience as a registered nurse in the nominated speciality; and
  • a letter supporting advanced practice that confirms your recent clinical practice experience includes a minimum of two years FTE experience (within the last six years) in an advanced nursing practice role in the nominated speciality area; and
  • letters of support from a minimum of two clinical support team members (at least one member from your clinical support team must be a nurse practitioner, or, where this is not possible, a registered nurse working at a high level of advanced nurse practise with recognised capability); and
  • a letter of support from the Executive Director of Nursing (or equivalent) confirming their support for you to undertake the course; and
  • you must complete the applicant details form and be currently working in an advanced nursing practise role.

For a definition of ‘advanced practice nursing,’ see the Fact Sheet for Advanced practice nursing issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The Fact Sheet is available on the NMBA website.

Limited places

There are limited Commonwealth Supported places in this course and places for 2018 have been filled.

Course fees

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

2019: CSP $6,000 per year part-time (72 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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

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

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Master of Nurse Practitioner

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Checked important dates.
  2. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  3. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  4. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  5. Collected supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Complete and submit these documents:

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 234.35 KB)


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