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Our course provides thorough preparation not only for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP), but also for Advanced Clinical Practitioners and health professionals who wish to work at a higher level of practice.

It has been developed for both experienced qualified registered nurses and other health professionals working in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings.

Our course provides thorough preparation not only for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP), but also for Advanced Clinical Practitioners and health professionals who wish to work at a higher level of practice.

It has been developed for both experienced qualified registered nurses and other health professionals working in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings.

Course Content

The structure for the course comprises of a prescribed sequence of six compulsory modules, the order depending on the start date (September or January) and the rate of progression.

Each 20 credit module accounts for 200 hours of total student effort.  This typically comprises of 36 – 42 classroom contact hours, 14 blended learning activity hours, practice based learning hours (equivalent to a minimum of 3 hours per week) and the remainder for self-directed study.

The Complexity modules share a common learning framework and approach to assessment but the focus, content and assessment requirements are adapted for the context.

The first part of the course includes:

  • Physiological Principles for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Assessment Skills for Advanced Practice
  • Non Medical Prescribing

The second part of the course includes:

  • Clinical Reasoning in Advanced Practice
  • Leadership and Research Skills for Advanced Practice

There is an option for the final module according to work setting from:

  • Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Community and Primary Care)
  • Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Emergency Care)
  • Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Acute and Critical Care)

MSc (top-up)

Students can undertake the Dissertation module (60 credits) to gain the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award.

The structure for the course comprises of a prescribed sequence of six compulsory modules, the order depending on the start date (September or January) and the rate of progression. Each 20 credit module accounts for 200 hours of total student effort.  This typically comprises of 36 – 42 classroom contact hours, 14 blended learning activity hours, practice based...

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Entry Requirements

Academic qualifications

Normally applicants will have a Health-related honours degree (or international equivalent), with a classification of 2.2 or above, however applications from clinically experienced, senior level health professionals with evidence of a minimum of 90 undergraduate degree level credits (at least 15 credits of which has been completed within the past 2 years) will also be considered.

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • Possession of an IELTS score of at least 7.0 across all four domains or its equivalent for students whose first language is not English.

Professional experience

Applicants require:

  • Current nursing registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • A minimum of 3 years post-registration experience
  • Employed for a minimum of 25 hours per week in a relevant clinical environment, with access to appropriate clinical support and supervision for the development of knowledge and skills to an advanced level.

Applicants (even where self-funding) must also be able to demonstrate their employer can do the following:

  • Support for the applicant to undertake this course at LSBU
  • Support for development of the applicant to an advanced level within the workplace
  • Release the student to enable them to dedicate the equivalent of 3 hours per week throughout the calendar year (in addition to the study day in university), so as to have protected learning time in a 'supernumerary capacity' to focus on clinical and professional development, completion of the Practice Based Learning activity requirements and the Practice Based Learning records
  • Organise doctor/qualified Advanced Practitioner to act as applicant's designated "Practice Facilitator" to supervise and support their overall clinical development and facilitate completion of specified practice-based learning activities. Sign off for specific aspects of learning is required (this responsibility can be shared with other senior experienced clinical colleagues however nomination of an overall lead clinician is required)
  • Provide day-to-day supervision and support by an experienced clinical team to enable the development of the knowledge, skills, competence and confidence commensurate with this level of practice

Academic qualifications Normally applicants will have a Health-related honours degree (or international equivalent), with a classification of 2.2 or above, however applications from clinically experienced, senior level health professionals with evidence of a minimum of 90 undergraduate degree level credits (at least 15 credits of which has been completed within the...

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