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PgCert/PgDip/MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Cancer Care)

Course Description

3 years for MSc
2 years for PgDip
1 year for PgCert

Simple timetabling information:
Part-time days. The programme commences with a 3 day orientation in mid September. The course day for year 1, Semester 1 is Tuesdays and is normally Wednesdays for the remainder of the course.

Non-standard entry requirements
- A registered nurse who has been qualified for a minimum of 3 years
- Normally at least a second class Honours degree
- Current employment in professional practice (minimum 20 hours a week)
- Evidence of your employer’s support)
- Has an appropriately qualified and experienced nominated practice facilitator
- Ability to dedicate appropriate time within a clinical setting in order to focus on the practice-requirements of the course

Course units
Year 1
Semester 1:
• Underpinning Physiological Principles for Advanced Nurse Practitioners
• Advanced Assessment of the Patient with Cancer
• Semester 2:
• Non –Medical Prescribing (Jan – July)
Year 2
Semester 1:
• Research Methodology & Strategy
• Practice Development through Individual Learning
• Semester 2:
• Innovation for Excellence
• The Cancer Patient’s Experience: Interventions and Support
Year 3:
• Research Philosophies & Methods of Enquiry or equivalent
• Research dissertation or Practice project

Course description:
This programme comprises of clinically focussed units which develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes associated with advanced nursing practice. You will develop professional, leadership, research and advanced clinical skills via the course units, some of which are shared with the other Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) pathways allowing common learning experiences for all ANP students.

A large proportion of your learning will take place in your work setting and placements and you will need to identify a Practice Facilitator to support this element of your development. A variety of student-centred teaching and learning strategies are used including Problem Based Learning, skills demonstration with supervised practice, communication workshop with professional actors, visits to an anatomy laboratory and online learning resources.

A range of methods assess your learning including essays, exams, taped consultation analysis, completion of certified clinical hours and practical exams e.g. OSCE/OSCA. There are three exit points from the programme; the first, a PG Cert is suitable if you want to advance some aspects of your role but do not want to become an ANP. The PgDip and MSc will allow you to work as an ANP Cancer Care. All three options include the Non-Medical Prescribing course.

Career opportunities:
Graduates meet the competencies and standards currently proposed for advanced nursing roles and hold posts such as Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Consultant, and service/clinical leads in a variety of cancer care settings.

Professional Contact / Industry links:
The PgDip is fully accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).

Additional notes:
Special Course features:
- Evolved from the first Nurse Practitioner programme in the UK
- Incorporates Non-Medical Prescribing programme
- Taught by a dedicated team of experienced qualified Nurse Practitioners and other clinical experts in Cancer Care .Integral practice based learning in your own workplace, supported by visits from the course team
- RCN accredited Advanced Nurse Practitioner programme
- You will be able to demonstrate achievement of the RCN ANP competencies (2008) on graduation with a PgDip/MSc from this programme.

Visit the PgCert/PgDip/MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Cancer Care) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

See Course Description

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