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Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (MAdvNP)

A unique qualification preparing registered nurses for advanced practice nursing as a nurse practitioner (NP)

Master of Advanced Nursing 2020 thumbnailThe programme is designed to equip graduates with skills and knowledge to address rapid developments in health technology and bioscience, the integration of health services, and the expanding levels of client engagement.

This research-informed degree aligns with strategic directions for improving the health of populations, and provides teaching and clinical experiences to meet the diverse contemporary health needs of New Zealanders. 

This degree is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ). Potential applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the required qualifications and competencies; these are available on the Nursing Council website.

The programme is taught online from our Christchurch campus, with block courses in Christchurch.

The University of Otago is partnering with University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington in offering the Nurse Practitioner Training Programme (NPTP), which funds limited places for the completion of the last two practicum papers of the MAdvNP degree.

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Why Otago?

  • QS World University Rankings logo - Nursing Top 100 in 2019The Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies is ranked in the top 100 nursing schools in the world
  • The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, and has a QS rating of five stars plus (the highest-possible rating)
  • We have over 15 years’ experience providing NP education
  • The programme is taught by experienced NPs and clinicians
  • It has a broad focus for the authorised scope of NP as described by the Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • You will learn in a research-driven, quality blended learning environment
  • We offer pathways for progression from designated nurse prescribing or Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) to the MAdvNP

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About the MAdvNP

The 240-point degree is a focused pathway of study toward the prescribing scopes of practice in nursing under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) 2003. It provides educational opportunities for candidates to meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for nurse practitioners (NCNZ 2017).

The degree is underpinned by mastery learning principles, and builds on the nurse’s relevant clinical and professional practice.

Students who have graduated with the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences for RN prescribing may be eligible for up to 120 points credit.

Components of learning in prescribing practicums involve completing supervised clinical experience with an authorised prescriber in relevant health service organisations.

Applicants must provide evidence of employer support in accommodating their clinical learning, and identify the population(s) what will be the focus for their learning and future practice.

Graduates will be well prepared to lead in direct care:

  • Gaining enhanced capacity to practice collaboratively and autonomously in their field
  • Interpreting and applying new knowledge to enable the translation of research into practice to benefit those they nurse
  • Contributing positively to society

Principles of Mastery of the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (MAdvNP) Mastery Learning Model.

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Degree structure

The MAdvNP consists of eight papers in total. Seven of these are taught papers, and one is a clinical research project:

Two compulsory papers

  • NURS 405 Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS 416 Nursing – Applied Pharmacology

Three approved papers

Normally approved from the list below:

  • NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • NURS 411 Nursing – High Acuity
  • NURS 413 Primary Health Care Nursing Rural/Urban
  • NURS 426 Nursing – Gerontology
  • NURS 431 Rural Nursing
  • NURS 427 Long-Term Conditions: Pathophysiology and Management
  • NURS 435 Evidence Based Nursing Practice

Two prescribing practicums

Either NURS 429 or 434:

  • NURS 429 Therapeutics for Advanced Nursing
  • NURS 434 Therapeutics: Knowledge and Integration


  • NURS 530 Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Practicum (this will be the last paper studied)

Clinical research project

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Start your application at the MAdvNP qualification page

Entry requirements

Please contact our Coordinator, Student Experience ( for advice regarding your study pathway.

Visit the Nursing Council of New Zealand website for information about the competencies and requirements for nurse practitioners.

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