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Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (MSc/PGDip)

Course Description

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.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/advanced-neonatal-nurse-practitioner


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.


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. Approved by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.

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

Entry Requirements

Normally students are registered nurses, with a Bachelor Honours degree. There are other specific entry requirements, but as the emphasis is on clinical expertise and leadership, you must be able to implement your acquired skills in your clinical role.

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