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Advanced Practice (Clinical) PgC


Course Description

Are you a health professional looking to advance your career? Why not expand your qualifications and become an Advanced Practitioner through our flexible part time programme? Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, you'll gain valuable skills and knowledge designed to get you ahead when it comes to interviews.

We facilitate development in five specific areas: health assessment/diagnostic reasoning/ clinical decision making, leadership and the adoption/ evaluation of evidence based practice. You'll continue to earn while you study through distance and work-based learning resources, allowing you to fit your studies around the demands of your job. If you've got the drive to advance your career, then we have the facilities to help continue your professional development.

This award is studied part-time, through distance learning and work-based learning. There are two residential workshops for all students - a three-day induction workshop and a two-day pre OSCE workshop.

You will develop the qualities needed for the assessment, diagnosis, problem solving, clinical decision making and treatment of patients with undifferentiated undiagnosed conditions. We'll teach you how to use sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments.

Course outline

This award is studied part-time, through distance learning and work-based learning. There are two residential workshops for all students - a three-day induction workshop and a two-day pre OSCE workshop.

You will develop the qualities needed for the assessment, diagnosis, problem solving, clinical decision making and treatment of patients with undifferentiated undiagnosed conditions. We'll teach you how to use sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments.

Graduate destinations

You'll be qualified for employment at more senior levels within your chosen field of healthcare. Successful completion of the PgC can lead to the MSc in Advanced Practice (Clinical).

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) PgC 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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