La Trobe University

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
2 years part-time.
Fees and costs
$25,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
There are limited CSP places.

This course aims to give students the in-depth knowledge and skills required to practise at an advanced nursing level and to provide professional leadership in contemporary clinical and professional nursing specialties. It is designed to build on the knowledge base and clinical skills of specialist nurses.

The role of nurse practitioner places particular emphasis on the development of advanced clinical assessment skills relevant to the nurse's specialty, and development of a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to patient care. The program focuses on this using the Nurse and Midwifery Board of Australia's Nurse Practitioner competencies.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


A university Postgraduate Diploma qualification in a nursing specialty area of practice, or equivalent, and registration as a Division 1 nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Applicants must be employed by an appropriate agency and have at least five years' post-registration experience in their specialty. Applicants must provide evidence of support, as evidenced on their employer's official letterhead, that their employer will provide them with 500 hours of supervised clinical placement and governance.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

Graduates are eligible to apply for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner and to work as an endorsed NP.

Professional recognition

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$25,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
There are limited CSP places.

Additional costs

Contact Course Coordinator for information.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

How to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree

You need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 752KB] with your application.

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Additional information

You can complete this course in a variety of flexible learning modes, including face to face teaching, clinical practice and online learning. Some online subjects require broadband Internet access. You will need to attend the clinical internship presentation panel in person or have access to video conferencing facilities.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: