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Approved by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), this programme is aimed at experienced neonatal nurses who expect their career to remain in neonatal professional practice, and who are working in neonatal intensive care units.

The course has been designed to ensure you develop and demonstrate all of the competencies detailed in the RCN Guidance on Nurse Practitioners (2008) and the standards of the course meet those required by the RCN Accreditation Unit. The course consists of two types of modules: core modules units, which are not paediatric specific, and pathway modules that are neonatal specific to this course.

The programme content reflects the complexity of the clinical environment and acknowledges your experience. The main approach is problem-based. Problem-based learning (PBL) enables the development of analytical reasoning and synthesis skills. It also helps develop the group skills necessary to function in the clinical environment.


Year 1

Underpinning physiological principles for ANPs
Advanced assessment of the presenting neonate
Advanced clinical skills for the ANNP
Non-medical prescribing
Managing the complex presenting neonate

Step-off at Year 1 for the PgCert.

Year 2

Research methodology and strategy
Non-medical prescribing or
Innovations for excellence - leading service improvement

Step-off at Year 2 for the PgDip

Year 3

Research preparation
Systematic Review
Dissertation or practice development project

Complete the dissertation for the full MSc award.


Attendance on the course is normally one or two days per week. The course when undertaken two days per week is designed to ensure you can function effectively as an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner at the end of Year one of the programme. Most neonatal units sending staff to the programme prefer this route.

The first academic year is organised into one, 15 week semester. The second semester is where the Non-Medical Prescribing course has been integrated into the programme and this is run over six months. The second academic year is organised into two, 15 week semesters where you would normally undertake just one module/unit per semester. An additional requirement, for the MSc award requires you to undertake a research preparation module/unit and a 12,000 word dissertation or practice development project which is completed in Year three. Approved by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.


The combination of clinical and leadership skills will lead to employment in a variety of roles such as nurse consultants/advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and shape the future of neonatal intensive care nursing.

Visit the Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - MSc/PGDip page on the London South Bank University website for more details!




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