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This course is not available for international students.


Nurse Practitioner

Masters by Coursework


Master of Nurse Practitioner
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Learn the capabilities required to undertake the complex and challenging role of the nurse practitioner.

Holly Tisdall

I decided to undertake this course because I felt it was time to build on the knowledge and skills I have learned over the years as a registered nurse with current, evidence-based education. The most enjoyable area included learning advanced diagnostics and pharmacology, and completing my own research.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked first in Western Australia, and in the top 50 in the world, for nursing.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

This course provides the opportunity to cultivate capabilities relevant to the complex and challenging role of the Nurse Practitioner. You will explore theoretical and clinical practice components of the roles of nurse practitioners and study advanced practice across a range of clinical applications. Your studies will focus particularly on professional accountability, competency to practise, evidence-based practice, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making and the quality use of medicines.

During the first and third years of study, you will complete two supervised supernumerary Internship placements in an approved health facility. You will also complete a two-part research project during your second and third year. Student learning is facilitated mostly online with intermittent attendance on campus or at a clinical placement for learning or assessment.


Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • The first established school of nursing in a Western Australian university, our School of Nursing and Midwifery has continued to set the pace for nursing education in our region.
  • Teaching staff are highly qualified, both academically and professionally.
  • The School ensures its leading position in nursing education through industry partnerships integrated with its teaching and research programs.

Professional recognition

Graduates will have completed a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved program of study and, with fulfilment of other requirements, will be eligible to apply for endorsement as a nurse practitioner with the NMBA.

Career information

Nurse practitioners work in advanced and extended roles in primary care, rural and remote settings, hospitals and other community settings collaboratively with other health professionals. The inherent capability of the Nurse Practitioner role, and the evolving nature of healthcare needs in our society, creates unique opportunities for future employment and leadership in health.

What you'll learn

  • apply advanced knowledge within a framework of nurse practitioner practice with commitment to evidence based practice; demonstrate a high level of clinical proficiency in complex situations
  • apply critical thinking, clinical reasoning and refection to clinical diagnostic decision making and develop innovative solutions to practice in the healthcare setting
  • critically appraise scientific literature, integrate research findings into nurse practitioner practice and undertake research to advance practice
  • communicate effectively and establish relationships with individuals, families and interprofessional teams for collaborative practice
  • make complex informed decisions on use of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions by utilising current technology to inform practice; proactively seek new information and technologies
  • recognise the values intrinsic to nurse practitioner practice; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through critical refection to enhance the professional development of others
  • critique international health priorities to influence healthcare through active participation and implementation at a local level
  • articulate and demonstrate respect for individuals' rights to determine their own journey through episodes of healthcare
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of major health priorities, current legislation and registration requirements as a nurse practitioner; work in an autonomous and collaborative practice framework; demonstrate advanced clinical leadership and management skills

Entry requirements

You will be required to submit supplementary information with your application.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

You will be required to submit supplementary information with your application.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This course is subject to quota.

Fieldwork: Completion of two clinical placements totalling 300 hours of supernumerary clinical practice in a chosen area of specialty is required.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

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You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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