The focus of this program is to prepare graduates with specialised knowledge and skills for professional nursing practice, research, further learning and eligibility to apply for registration as a registered nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
The heart of healthcare
The program’s guiding principle is safety of the public and has been designed to prepare graduates for safe and ethical nursing practice. Our program reflects contemporary practices in nursing, digital health and education, and responds to emerging trends based on research, technology and other forms of evidence which includes principles of intraprofessional and interprofessional learning and practice, principles of diversity, culture, inclusion and cultural safety for all people and knowledge and skills in pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines.
Using a primary healthcare framework, the Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration) program combines theory, critical thinking and reflective practice, while also applying physical and behavioural sciences to nursing. You will study using evidence-based principles, and explore best practice when providing care for individuals, families and groups from diverse backgrounds.
You will put theory into action at Western’s on-campus simulated clinical practice subjects at a university ranked number in the Top 50 Universities in the World for Nursing (QS 2023). Students will undertake clinical placements in a range of health facilities and community settings.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has a register of students enrolled in the Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration) for the duration of their study. Western Sydney University as the education provider will provide your details directly to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for registration.
On successful completion of an accredited program, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) General with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Prospective students should be aware that full disclosure of any issues of impairment or misconduct is a declaration requirement when applying for registration as a registered nurse. To be accepted for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, you are required to disclose: any criminal history, physical and/or psychological impairments and meet specific English language standards. For further clarification of these requirements contact the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Please ensure that you are familiar with the policies available on the Western Sydney University website. In addition, nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA's professional standards for registered nurses in order to practice in Australia. Registration standards define the requirements that applicants, registrants or students need to meet to be registered. To ensure patient safety, nurses and midwives are deemed mandatory reporters and under National Law are subject to making notification about notifiable conduct. It is important to be aware that complaints or concerns can be raised about the health, conduct or performance of a registered health practitioner or student at any time. Please contact the Program Advisor listed below for information.
Students will be eligible for registration as a Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia on successful completion of the course.
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in human biological or behavioural science (equivalent to AQF Level 7), or higher, within 10 years of commencing the program.
All applicants for the Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration) are required to provide evidence of demonstrating English language competency in one of the following ways:
- English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. Recognised country means one of the following countries: Australia; Canada; New Zealand; Republic of Ireland; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States of America, or
- You currently hold registration as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2), or Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), or
- If you do not satisfy either of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test (see below)
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study.
1. IELTS (academic module). We only accept test results from one test sitting, or a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if
- you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
- no score in any component of the test is below 6.5
2. OET. We will only accept test results from one test sitting, or a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if
- you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
- you achieve a minimum score of 8 in each component across the two sittings, and
- no score in any component of the test is below C
3. PTE Academic. We will only accept test results from one test sitting, or a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if
- a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
- you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings,
- and no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58
4. TOEFL iBt. We will only accept test results from one test sitting, or a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if
- a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and
- you achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the two sittings, and
- no score in any of the sections is below 20 for listening, 19 for reading, 24 for writing and 20 for speaking
NOTE: Students who were not born in any of the above recognised countries need to be aware of the English language requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia that need to be demonstrated prior to registration. Please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for information on this requirement.
To enrol in the Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration), students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements. To attend a health-related placement in this program, Special Legislative Requirements will be assessed from enrolment.
- National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire program. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit.
International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.
- A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire program.
- A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire program, approved provider programs can be found at training.gov.au
- A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire program.
- NSW Undertaking/Declaration form
- Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool)
- Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested.
Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on subjects selected. View available subjects in our handbook. For further information, please visit: Student Contribution Bands
Delivery: On campus
Fees: $37,782* AUD
Delivery: On campus
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As a Nursing graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Community Health
- Disability Services
- Rehabilitation Services
- Research and Education
- Policy Development
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Mental Health Nurse
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Perioperative and Theatre Nurse
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Disability and Rehabilitation Nurses
Disability and Rehabilitation Nurses care for people with intellectual and development disabilities in a range of health, welfare and community settings. They can also care for patients recovering from injury and illness, and assist patients with disabilities to live more independently.
Aged Care Nurses
Aged Care Nurses care for the elderly in community settings, residential aged care facilities, retirement villages and health care facilities.
Nurse Educator careers usually involve gaining an academic post in a university, but practising nurses also commonly teach as part of their work. You may be involved in the education of nursing students, the training of new graduate nurses or nurses new to the workplace.
Clinical Practice Units
Our modern Clinical Practice Units are equipped with high-quality technology to support your learning across a diverse range of simulation scenarios. Equipped to accommodate learning in small groups, our facilities provide students with a premium learning experience, preparing you to be work-ready.
Throughout your Nursing degree, you gain practical experience in various hospital and community settings, meaning you will graduate with a minimum of eight hundred hours of clinical placement over three years.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.
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