Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration)
- Effective from: 2022
- Approved Abbreviation: M Nurs Prac (Prereqistration)
- Western Sydney University Program Code: 4785
- AQF Level: 8
CRICOS Code: 108310M
This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later.
This program is subject to ANMAC accreditation and NMBA approval.
The focus of this program is to prepare graduates with specialised knowledge and skills for professional practice, research, further learning and eligibility to apply for registration throughout Australia as a registered nurse (Division 1). Using a primary health care framework, students study the application of physical and behavioural sciences to nursing; inquiry and evidence-based practice principles and utilisation within nursing; nursing care of individuals, families and groups from diverse backgrounds across the lifespan. The acquisition of nursing knowledge and skills occurs initially in campus-based simulated clinical practice settings and consolidation occurs as students undertake clinical placements in a variety of health care settings.
The Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration) is offered as a two-year program commencing with an intensive, full-time subject of study in the Summer Session that supports student transition into two years of full-time study. Students will not be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL).
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. An English language skills registration standard is also applicable to all students applying for registration:
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.
Registration as a nurse
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. Professional Standards and Conduct.
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 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.
Two years full-time on campus.
|Parramatta - Victoria Rd||Full-time||Internal|
|Parramatta - Victoria Rd||Part-time||Internal|
Subject to ANMAC accreditation, 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.
Continuation of existing arrangements for Clinical Practicum with NSW Health, Private Health Care and Not for Profit providers remain in place. These arrangements are formalised in Memorandums of Understanding between Local Health Districts (in metropolitan, rural and remote areas), Western Sydney University and the School of Nursing and Midwifery for the provision of professional practice experience placements in health care facilities. Regular meetings are held with the clinical educators and facilities.
Students will be required to meet the requirements of health services where practical experiences occur.
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 program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.
There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program. Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.
International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
Students will be required to meet the requirements of health services where practical experiences occur.
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or higher within the last 10 years.
All applicants will be required to meet English Language Proficiency requirements. Local applicants applying directly to the University can find further information on the UAC website.
Candidature for admission to the Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration) are detailed below:
English Language Proficiency Requirements
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.
You currently hold registration as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2), Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
English Proficiency Assessment
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the scores as 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
Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. 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 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.
All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.
International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their 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.
Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Pre-requisites
Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements
To enrol in this program, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements. To attend a health-related placement in this program, Special Legislative Requirements will be assessed from the first year of study.
Western Program Requirements
Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.
Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements
To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet
Please ensure that you
- Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
- Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
- Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
- Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.
International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.
Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as
- If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
- If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
- NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
- Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
- Other non-health related requirements
Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)
Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 170 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.
|Summer B session||Credit Points|
|NURS 3040||Foundations of Nursing Practice||10|
|NURS 7023||Evidence Based Health Care||10|
|NURS 7077||Pharmacology Knowledge for Nursing Practice||10|
|NURS 7071||Introduction to Alterations in Health||10|
|NURS 7073||Nursing Practice 1||10|
|NURS 7072||Mental Health Nursing Practice||10|
|NURS 7068||Chronic Conditions and Disability||10|
|NURS 7066||Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Conditions||10|
|NURS 7074||Nursing Practice 2||10|
|NURS 7070||Health, Culture and Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples||10|
|NURS 7067||Acute Life-Threatening Conditions||10|
|NURS 7076||Palliative and End of Life Care||10|
|NURS 7075||Nursing Practice 3||10|
|NURS 7079||Transition to Professional Nursing||10|
|NURS 7078||Professional Nursing Practice||20|
|Select one of the Alternate Strength Subjects||10|
|Leadership in Clinical Practice|
|Mental Health Assessment and Application|
|Ageing in Place: Wellbeing and Sustainability|
|Total Credit Points||170|