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Advanced District Nursing (MSc)

Course Description

This course is aimed at experienced registered nurses with experience in acute or primary care settings, who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required for specialist and advanced practice in district nursing.

It aims to equip students with contemporary knowledge to take forward the rapidly changing primary care agenda. It will enable a critical, innovative and reflective approach to address the healthcare needs of individuals, families, carers, groups and communities.

Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

See the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/health-professions/study-options/part-time-learning/advanced-district-nursing

What you will study

You will study:
•Evidence-based Health and Social Care
•Improving Health and wellbeing
•Contemporary District Nursing Practice
•Advanced Approaches to Patient Assessment and History Taking
•Clinical Decision Making
•Clinical leadership
•Management of Long term Conditions
•Community Practitioner Prescribing
•Practice Development
•Practice Consolidation

How you will learn

The theoretical part of the course will be mainly online supported with online discussions. The Community Practitioner Prescribing module requires two days attendance on campus as does the Physical Examination Skills module (five days).

The course will involve 23 weeks in practice facilitated by a suitable qualified Practice Teacher to achieve the NMC standards for District Nursing and also RCN advanced competencies.


This course will allow you the opportunity to obtain an advanced role within district nursing.

If you want to find out how to apply, click here - http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Visit the Advanced District Nursing (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should be a Registered Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Normally students will have had the opportunity to consolidate their pre-registration training and have a first degree. Acceptance is based on having acceptable references from two sources and evidence of SCQF level 9 learning in the last 5 years or equivalent and satisfactory clearance from Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

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