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Advanced Practice MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

Advanced Practice is a part-time study for experienced healthcare practitioners in hospital and community settings. Builds on existing skills and experience to enable you to lead and support the development and delivery of evidence-based practice. Module outcomes mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework so NHS employees can identify learning to support career progression.

Key benefits

- Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources
- Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world
- A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading schools and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/advanced-practice-msc-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Description

This programme is suitable for practitioners, educators and managers from many healthcare disciplines who are developing autonomous practice, supporting educational and practice development or exercising clinical leadership. Practitioners may choose to follow generic pathway or choose from a number of clinical specialities. Applicants are generally expected to be working within the chosen specialist field.

Relevant for qualified healthcare practitioners in the following areas: Cancer Nursing, Cardiac Care, Child Healthcare, Critical Care, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, District Nursing, Leadership, Midwifery, Palliative Care, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Community Matron/Case Manager, Women's Health Care.

- Course Purpose

This programme is intended for experienced healthcare practitioners who are seeking to advance their practice, enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare, and develop their roles.

- Course format and assessment

This programme is part-time with taught sessions comprising a mixture of one day per week attendance and study blocks. Students select from modules rated at 15 or 30 credits. Students may elect to undertake one or more practice portfolios where practice accounts are used to demonstrate specialist or advanced practice.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. This can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations. In addition, some modules will require students to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an exam, such as an unseen written examination or a computer-based assessment.

All students will also have to complete a clinical-based competency assessment as part of the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Practice pathway. This assessment is a clinical hurdle with 0 credits and is undertaken in the student’s workplace with an assessor.

- Required modules:

- Evidence-based Decision Making In Healthcare
- Measurement and Evaluation For Healthcare Practice

Prior learning

Students who have already studied clinically-focused modules at undergraduate or graduate level at King's may be able to incorporate this study into the programme, subject to certain limits, provided that the credits have not already contributed to an award. Modules studied elsewhere may be incorporated through accreditation of prior certificated learning (subject to a successful accreditation claim).

Career prospects

Possible options after taking this programme include advanced practice roles such as nurse consultant, specialist practice roles, education, research and audit.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

Visit the Advanced Practice MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Elaine Horne

984.jpg The variety of modules offered by King’s allowed me to construct a degree that was interesting, academically challenging and which had real relevance to my specialty. King’s has a world-class reputation and this was certainly evident in the quality of the teaching and excellent study facilities. I found the teaching staff to be friendly and approachable and, importantly, peer group support was facilitated and encouraged.

Undertaking an MSc with King’s has been a very positive and rewarding experience which I would certainly recommend to any nurse who is keen for both personal and professional development.


Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a first degree (minimum second class honours or equivalent). Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered.You must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements. Applicants should be working in an appropriate care setting and/or post for the duration of the programme and have a minimum two years’ clinical experience as a qualified practitioner.Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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