Advancing Nursing Practice

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

PgCert | PgDip | MSc Advancing Nursing Practice
If you are an experienced registered Nurse or Midwife looking to develop a higher level of knowledge and skills required for specialist and advanced practice, then this course is for you. It will equip you with contemporary knowledge to take forward the rapidly changing healthcare agenda, and make a positive difference.

The five routes within this programme prepare for a range of people and situations to deliver safe, effective and person-centred care at a higher level of nursing. You will explore professional and clinical implications of working as an autonomous practitioner and develop the leadership skills to advance and lead new innovative healthcare services.
There five routes are: Clinical Practice, District Nursing, Health Visiting, Leadership (This is the only route available to International students) and School Nursing.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Blended
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
18 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Blended
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
3 years
Clinical Practice

This will be the preferred route if you are working in acute care, out of hour’s services, hospital at night services and in medical and surgical support posts. This route is linked to the teaching, development and assessment of the nationally recognised benchmarks for advanced clinical practice (RCN 2012).

Leadership

This is suitable if you wish to practice at an advanced level in a leadership role. It prepares you to lead and advance practice within the policy context of health and social care. There’s flexibility with elective modules and depending on your choice there may be no compulsory attendance at the University.

District Nursing

Suited to experienced Nurses looking to gain contemporary knowledge to take forward the rapidly changing primary care agenda. A critical, innovative and reflective approach to addressing the healthcare needs of individuals, families, carers, groups and communities.

You need to be sponsored/supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

Health Visiting

This route is for Nurses and Midwives who wish to build on their experience and transfer learning to develop a higher level of knowledge and skills required of a Health Visitor.

You need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

School Nursing

This route is for you if you’re a Nurse or Midwife and want to build on your experience and transfer your learning to develop a higher level of knowledge and skills required of a School Nurse.

You need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

 
Detailed module information

The programme is driven by a philosophy that is student-centered, progressive, and practice focused, and a blended approach to learning is adopted.

You will learn within a virtual environment (CampusMoodle) and apply theoretical learning to practice through a work based learning approach. You will therefore have an opportunity to apply learning to your specific area of practice within contemporary healthcare service. 

Depending on the route selected and the choice of optional modules, there will be some compulsory attendance at the University - for the clinical examination module and the prescribing element. 

Programme Length:

  • Clinical Practice (3 years part-time)
  • District Nursing (3 years part-time)
  • Health Visiting (18 months full-time or 3 years part-time)
  • Leadership (3 years part-time - This is the only route available to International students)
  • School Nursing (18 months full-time or 3 years part-time)
Activity Summary

Year 1

  • Lectures, Seminars, Webinars, Tutorials - 20 contact hours per module that will be a mix of online seminars, lectures for prescribing. Apart from clinical examination which has 50 and non-medical prescribing has 60 contact hours
  • Project Supervision - one-to-one dissertation module
  • External Visits - NMC routes require 15 days alternative public health experience
  • Placement / Work Based Learning -NMC routes – 50%, Other routes – 500 hours
Independent Study

Self-study time is an important part of your success, including learning in practice settings. You will be considered adult learners who need strong organisation and self-direction skills.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written exam
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 portfolio

Year 2

  • 1 written exam
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Year 3

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

The majority of the lecturers who teach on this course are qualified Nurses and Midwives with an NMC recordable teaching qualification, with a wide range of experience from varied healthcare settings. They also have educational and research experience.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

 
Placements

Clinical Practice and Leadership routes are undertaken within your own place of work with the support of an identified Practice Facilitator. The criteria for this role are within the admission criteria. If you select to undertake the Non-Medical Prescribing module you will require supervision by a Designated Medical Practitioner.

Students are required to attend placements on the District Nursing, Health Visiting and School Nursing routes; these are equivalent to 23 weeks full time over the period of the PgDip.

PLACEMENT OFFICE

Job Prospects

The programme recognises the accepted international benchmark for advanced practice and trains you to be highly experienced and educated member of care teams who can diagnose and treat healthcare needs or make a referral to an appropriate specialist.

This programme will prepare you for an advanced clinical role in a range of healthcare settings. You will develop the decision-making, research and leadership skills required to deal with complex clinical situations. The programme is designed to allow you to continue and develop your knowledge and skills within your own areas of practice, enabling you to accelerate your career progression.

It also allows you to continue to develop knowledge and skills within your own areas of practice to accelerate your career progression.

CAREERS

 

The minimum entry requirement for this programme will normally be an honours degree or its equivalent. In addition, because of the work based nature of the programme, all students must be working in clinical practice or sponsored by a Health Board and have access to a practice teacher/ practice facilitator.

Clinical Practice: You must be a registered nurse or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Students electing to undertake the module NUM015 Non Medical Prescribing module have additional entry criteria to meet (NMC 2006).

District Nursing route: requires you to be a registered adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on part 1 of the register, and have had the opportunity to consolidate your pre-registration nurse education. Acceptance is based on receiving an acceptable references from one source and satisfactory clearance from Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

Health Visiting and School Nursing routes: You must be a registered nurse or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on part 1 or 2 of the register. Acceptance is based on receiving an acceptable references from one source and satisfactory clearance from Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

 

Leadership routes: You must be a registered nurse or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, or the equivalent for international students. This is the only route available to International students due to the non-attendance requirement and NMC registration requirements.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
  • Leadership route – applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or equivalent.

  • All other routes must meet the NMC English standard requirement

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £6,080

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,280 for year 1
  • £2,280 for year 2
  • £1,520 for year 3

International Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £11,020

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £4,130 for year 1
  • £4,130 for year 2
  • £2,760 for year 3
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

UK/EU Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £6,270

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,350 for year 1
  • £2,350 for year 2
  • £1,570 for year 3

International Students

Distance Learning Full-time
  • £11,350

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £4,260 for year 1
  • £4,260 for year 2
  • £2,830 for year 3
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Alumni Discount

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

DISCLAIMER

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

The staff have been supportive throughout, always happy to answer questions and offer time and knowledge to enhance the experience.
NICOLA WELSH, ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE (HEALTH VISITING)

Accreditation

Three of the routes are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to meet the requirements of being recorded as a District Nurse (NMC 2001), or registered as a Health Visitor or School Nurse on the NMC (2004) register.

All five routes are accredited by the Royal College of Nursing.

Royal College of Nursing

Nursing and Midwifery Council

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