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Advanced Practice (Clinical) MSc

Course Description

If you're a nurse, paramedic or other health care professional looking to enhance your professional development, then our course provides a flexible programme in which to develop your knowledge and skills. We focus on five specific areas: health assessment/ diagnostic reasoning/ clinical decision making, leadership and the adoption/ evaluation of evidence based practice. You'll gain an Advanced Practice MSc that can open career opportunities in Advanced Practice in the healthcare arena.

We have been delivering this MSc by distance learning for over 10 years and are leaders in this field of delivery. You'll study part-time through distance and work-based learning, as well as two residential workshops (a 3 day induction and a two day pre OSCE workshop). This allows you to continue earning and balance your studies around your busy schedule. As our course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, you can be confident that the skills you acquire are relevant and will lead to big changes in your career. So get on the right track to professional development by taking our Advanced Practice course!

Course outline

You will develop qualities needed for senior healthcare roles, including in circumstances requiring the assessment, diagnosis, problem solving, clinical decision making and treatment of patients with undifferentiated undiagnosed conditions. We will enhance your knowledge and skills in leadership and caring for clients with complex needs. Healthcare is a complex and unpredictable environment, which requires personal responsibility and initiative, skills we will help you build throughout the course.

Graduate destinations

You'll have enhanced employment opportunities as an advanced practitioner, including senior roles in your chosen field of healthcare. Your qualification will also help towards studying at Mphil/PhD level to continue your professional development.

Other admission requirements

-Applicants must be on the NMC Nursing Register /Health Professionals Council Register or its equivalent, and have regular access to an advanced practice environment.
-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Applicants must have completed their programme of study at a Royal College of Nursing approved site.
-Nurse Practitioner (RCN approved courses only) graduates will be exempt from the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE). This will be dealt with via the University APL procedures.
-Applicants will have 5 years (pro rata) experience in their clinical field.
-Applicants are required to have a clinical practice facilitator to support their clinical learning and undertake their practice assessments.
-Placements are subject to an educational audit of the learning environment.
-Normally applicants must hold an Honours degree classification 2ii or above in a cognisant subject.
-Applicants who do not hold a 2ii Honours degree will be considered as a non-standard entrant. Standard University practice will be followed with respect to applicants without traditional entry requirements. Non-standard entrants are required to demonstrate ability to benefit from and successfully complete the course. All non-standard entrants are interviewed.
-Applicants will need to provide evidence of successful study at Level 6 (or equivalent) within the last 5 years.
-Students for whom English is a second language may be required to provide evidence of passing an International Language Testing -System (IELTS) with a score of 7.0 with a mean score of 6.5 in all elements.
-Applicants will be interviewed by a member of the Advanced Practice team; this interview will be conducted by telephone.
-The application must be supported by two references one of which must make reference to the applicant's professional competence. -One referee must be the applicant's current employer.
-It is expected that students will have in place a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check). If an additional -DBS check is required, it is the responsibility of the student or employer, to arrange for and fund this.
-Where a student undertakes a placement outside a contract of employment with the placement provider, there is an expectation that adequate arrangements for indemnity insurance will be in place and this is the student's responsibility.

Visit the Advanced Practice (Clinical) MSc page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures. See course description for further admission details.

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