About the Program

The Pathway to Specialty Practice Program (PSP) allows registered nurses to extend their clinical experience, enhance their knowledge and skills whilst taking the next step towards their career in specialty practice.

The PSP is a part time (0.8EFT) program offering 6 and 12 month options. PSP offers supported succession planning to achieve your future career goals including transition to postgraduate studies.

In 2023 there will be two intakes:

  • January 30, 2023
  • May 28, 2023

The mid-year ICU 6 month stream will commence 31st July 2023.

Applications for May intake open Monday 30 January 2023 and close Friday 17 February 2023

Pathway rotations are available in a wide range of streams as outlined on ‘streams we offer’ page. Applicants will be requested to identify their preferred pathway as part of their application process.

As a PSP participant you will have clinical support from the Education & Learning team to advance your development as independent learners and future clinical leaders. The supported nature of the program, incorporating blended learning, simulation training and discovery days is designed specifically to provide participants with a solid foundation prior to commencing post graduate study.

Objectives of the Pathway to Specialty Practice Program

  • To provide acute clinical experience in the clinical stream of choice
  • To advance theoretical and skill development to complement clinical practice, including completion of clinical hurdles
  • To support application of advanced physiology and pathophysiology principles to enhance critical thinking skills
  • To provide opportunities to develop clinical skills and enhance clinical leadership and clinical decision making
  • Introduce participants to advanced critical thinking and complex nursing care
  • Prepare participants for postgraduate study


To apply for the Pathway to Specialty Practice program you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Successful completion of a Graduate Nurse Program (by commencement of the program), nurses may be Grade 2 year 2 or above.