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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) Graduate Diploma

Course Description

If you're interested in working as a School Nurse, then our course will give you everything you need to become a specialist practitioner in this field. Our many years of experience in running this programme has led to high achievement and low attrition rates, so you can be confident that our expert teaching staff will give you the knowledge necessary for success. Our excellent working relationships with partner trusts and employers offers you a supportive learning environment to hone your skills, which will be complemented through practice placements through the course. Take the first step towards being a specialised School Nurse by completing our programme!

Course outline

We will prepare you for the role of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse within School Nursing, allowing you to register with the NMC. This course contains an even spread of theory and practice, which is facilitated by practice experience in an area specific to School Nursing. You can also take opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in other relevant settings during the course.

Graduate destinations

You will be qualified to work as a School Nurse and eligible to apply for registration on the NMC Nursing register in your named pathway. Opting to study HPHN 9001 means you can apply to record this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.

You may wish to continue your education further with a Masters degree. We recommend the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice, though you may want to consider an MSC in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care, Nursing and Primary Health Care.

Other admission requirements

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.

You will need support from your trust to be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Criminal Records Bureau clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course. If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local trusts. The trusts advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact your local trust and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self-fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local trust in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.

International applicants can find out more about entry requirements on our dedicated webpages: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/international/

Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) Graduate Diploma page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

If you apply for this course you must be current on the NMC Nursing register and you will need to provide evidence of study at level 5/6 within the last five years or complete an approved study skills course. See course description for further admission details.

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