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Master of Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health)

Approved Abbreviation: MNursPract(MentHlth)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4745.1

AQF Level: 9

Nurse Practitioners are expected to be clinical leaders who work autonomously from a sound evidence base, instigate diagnostic investigations, prescribe medication within an approved formulary, and refer judiciously. Students of this course undertake units of study that will prepare them for the role of Nurse Practitioner in the specialist area of mental health. This study program incorporates areas of advanced health assessment, clinical leadership, evidence-based nursing, diagnostic skills, therapeutic management, psychopharmacology, evaluation and collaboration in care. Students also have the opportunity to complete specialist electives to suit their particular practice setting.

Study Mode
Three years part-time.

On completion of the Master of Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) graduates will be eligible to apply for authorisation as a Nurse Practitioner with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Course accreditation can be checked on their website. Http://

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for entry

  • Registered Nurse (currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Nursing and Midwifery)
  • An undergraduate degree in Nursing or Health Science (Nursing) OR minimum of five years full-time equivalent work experience in mental health nursing
  • Graduate certificate, or higher, in mental health nursing
  • Two years full-time equivalent (FTE) work experience as a registered nurse in mental health, PLUS two years of full-time equivalent (FTE) work experience in an advanced clinical role in mental health

Successful applicants will need to arrange the following

  • Submission to the University of evidence of current clinical practice in an advanced clinical role in mental health, confirmed via two referee reports, and
  • Submission to the University of evidence of support from employing organisation to complete the course, and
  • Access to complete clinical experience in a mental health setting (as approved by the School of Nursing and Midwifery), and
  • Contract with a University approved primary supervisor/mentor/assessor (PSMA) to meet the requirements of the course.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Nursing Leadership (Mental Health) on completion of the relevant units.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

400220Contemporary Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing
400235Leadership in Clinical Practice

Spring session

400957Biological Considerations in Mental Health and Mental Illness for Advanced Practice
401168Evidence Based Health Care

Year 2

Autumn session

401139Clinical Supervision in Health Care
400228Assessment for Advanced Practice Mental Health Nurses

Spring session

400777Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care
400858Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Mental Health Nurses

Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Leadership (Mental Health) at this point.

Year 3

401202Advanced Clinical Practice in Mental Health Nursing

(20 credit point year-long unit)

And one elective (for Nurse Practitioner role development)

And one elective (for Mental Health specialty)

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