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  • Objectives
    The Master of Nursing Practice aims to broaden the theoretical knowledge of registered nurses who work in a variety of specialty health care settings. It reflects also that graduate nurses should be able to practise in ways that extend beyond the technical and practical concerns of nursing and to include research-based practice. This course also provides the opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills in research and equips them to undertake higher degrees by research. The course allows students flexibility in that they are able to choose from several sequences of study and/or from a range of elective units that support their career aspirations in nursing management and leadership.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should normally possess a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and must be nurses registered (or be eligible for registration) at Division 1 or 3 with the Nurses Board of Victoria, with a minimum of 12 months' recent clinical experience. Applicants without full tertiary qualifications, but with other relevant experience, may also be considered for admission to the Graduate Diploma. Students holding an approved specialist certificate from the former Victorian Nursing Council or the Nurses Board of Victoria in the specialty area or equivalent may apply for up to four credit points of advanced standing towards the Graduate Diploma. Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma of Nursing may apply for up to 8 credit points of advanced standing towards the Masters.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Nursing Practice
  • Course description
    Fees and charges

    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
    This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/fees/

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at  http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php.
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.


    Course rules
    The Master of Nursing Practice comprises 12 credit points of study. At least 8 of the 12 credit points must normally be level 7 nursing units from the list below. Up to 4 credit points may be selected from the elective units listed below or approved units from any postgraduate course at Deakin. Alternatively, students may undertake the 4-credit-point thesis (HNN725 and HNN726), which articulates with PhD studies.

    Students wishing to complete the Master of Nursing Practice by research and undertake the 4-credit-point minor thesis must have completed HNN728 Research Methodologies in Nursing and HNN722 Research Project Preparation.


    Course structure

    Nursing units

    Trimester 1

    HNN702 The Caring Relationship  

    HNN705 Therapeutic Nursing  

    HNN714 Ethical Dimensions of Nursing  

    HNN728 Research Methodologies in Nursing  *

     

    Trimester 2

    HNN706 Reflective Processes in Nursing  

    HNN715 Leadership in Nursing  

    HNN722 Research Project Preparation  *

    HNN729 Nursing Futures  

     

    Minor thesis (4 credit points)

    HNN725 Research Thesis A  

    HNN726 Research Thesis B  

     

    Elective units (each unit is worth 1 credit point)

    Trimester 1

    HND732 Diabetes in Professional Contexts  

    HNH707 Contexts of Practice: Health and Social Policy  

    HNH739 Primary Health Care  

     

    Trimester 2

    HND731 Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals  

    HNH710 Understanding Health  

    HNH765 Family Health  

     

    Nurse Practitioner core units (each unit is worth 1 credit point)

    HNN730 Advanced Clinical Decision Making 1  

    HNN731 Contemporary Nurse Practitioner Role  

    HNN732 Advanced Clinical Decision Making 2  

    HNN733 Advanced Practice Development  

     

    Note: Completion of the Nurse Practitioner core units as part of the Master of Nursing course will not make a student eligible for endorsement as Nurse Practitioner.


    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide


    Admission requirements - specific
    Applicants should normally possess a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and must be nurses registered (or be eligible for registration) at Division 1 or 3 with the Nurses Board of Victoria, with a minimum of 12 months' recent clinical experience. Applicants without full tertiary qualifications, but with other relevant experience, may also be considered for admission to the Graduate Diploma.
    Students holding an approved specialist certificate from the former Victorian Nursing Council or the Nurses Board of Victoria in the specialty area or equivalent may apply for up to four credit points of advanced standing towards the Graduate Diploma.  Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma of Nursing may apply for up to 8 credit points of advanced standing towards the Masters.


    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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