Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


3 - 6 years


Level 8 - 9

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EIT’s Master of Nursing programme will enhance your nursing knowledge, skills in critical analysis, constructive synthesis, along with advanced practice and research within your specialty area, particularly in preparation for advanced practice roles.

The qualification has been specifically designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles as Nurse Practitioners and is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as a “masters with a clinical focus, including the content for preparation for nurse prescribing”.

We recommend that you take the opportunity to discuss study options with the Head of School prior to enrolment, to help ensure that you select the most appropriate nursing pathway to meet your career goals. For nurses considering the Nurse Practitioner pathway, the Nursing Council of New Zealand requires that you complete specific courses.


The Master of Nursing degree is a 240 credit (three to six years), applied clinically-focused programme characterised by advanced study in nursing.

You will develop advanced nursing knowledge, skills of critical analysis, constructive synthesis, advanced practice and research within your specialty area.

The Master of Nursing is awarded upon successful completion of four courses from the programme schedule plus MN9.490 Masterate Research Thesis, or MNSC9.001 Critical Inquiry for Nursing Practice and MNSC9.002 Research Project, followed by MN8.427 Advanced Practice for Nurse Practitioners.

For nurses intending to apply for Nurse Practitioner registration, the following courses must be included in the schedule of study.

  • MN8.401 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • MN8.402 Advanced Pathophysiology for Health Professionals
  • MN8.409 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing/Midwifery Practice
  • MN8.424 Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum
  • MN8.427 Advanced Practice for Nurse Practitioner

It is recognised that those undertaking this programme are often engaged in full-time clinical practice and study part-time.

Where there is a clinical practice component to the learning, you need to be employed in a clinical setting.

This programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand for the Nurse Practitioner pathway.

We recommend that you take the opportunity to discuss your study options with the School of Nursing Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, prior to enrolment, to help ensure that you select the most appropriate pathway to meet your career goals.

Contact Lizzy Mackenzie on 06 830 1950 or email to discuss.

Blended / Online Learning

All the postgraduate courses are offered either online or with blended delivery.

This means that the majority of the work is located on a virtual teaching and learning platform with directed activities and learning that you work through. Lecturers work within the virtual classroom setting so that they maintain contact with you as much as if they were in a face-to-face classroom setting.

Blended delivery means that there are on-campus contact sessions or workshops with the bulk of the learning activity undertaken in the online environment.

Various teaching modes are used, such as virtual classroom discussions at predetermined times, and also in the asynchronous format.

This flexible delivery method allows you to study at your pace, in your place, at locations throughout New Zealand.

Individual Study Hours

Generally the courses are delivered asynchronously via online delivery. However, some courses may require attendance at synchronous online sessions or face-to-face workshops at the EIT campus. Any requirement for attendance at synchronous or face-to-face sessions is identified in the course information.

For the programme timetable, showing full year and semester dates, and compulsory study days, please contact the Postgraduate Programmes Secretary, Stacey Wong on 06 830 1507 or

Each credit for the course generally represents approximately 10 hours of student learning/study time over the period of the course.

Each course consists of online learning opportunities and in some cases clinical field work and on-campus workshops. You are expected to spend time in independent/self-directed study, critical reflection and field work in your place of study or place of work.

Work Integrated Learning

Some courses will require you to be actively involved in clinical practice in the area of specialty practice.


Start dates vary depending on courses selected, however generally 30 credit courses are semesterised and commence in either February or July each year.


Career Opportunities and Outcomes

The Master of Nursing programme is specifically designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles as nurse practitioners. You are supported to extend your knowledge and advanced practice skills in order to enhance your capacity to improve patient outcome and health services.

Career opportunities / advanced practice roles may include:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse consultant
  • Nurse educator
  • Clinical leader
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical charge nurse
  • Case manager / case coordinator,
  • Health services manager
  • Nurse researcher


Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.