Working as a school nurse can be a highly rewarding career. If you feel that putting your skills to work in a school is the right move for you, then our course will help train you as a specialist practitioner in this field. We have excellent working relationships with partner trusts and employers that will provide a supportive learning environment to hone your skills, which will be put to the test in practice placements throughout the course. We are proud of the high achievement rates we have seen through the many years we have run this course, so gain the benefit of our expert teaching staff's experience and work towards being a fully qualified school nurse.
We will prepare you for the role of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse within School Nursing, allowing you to register with the NMC. This course contains an even spread of theory and practice, which is facilitated by practice experience in an area specific to School Nursing. You can also take opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in other relevant settings during the course.
You will be qualified to work as a School Nurse and eligible to apply for registration on the NMC Nursing register in your named pathway. Opting to study HPHN 9001 means you can apply to record this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.
You may wish to continue your education further with a Masters degree. We recommend the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice, though you may want to consider an MSC in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care, Nursing and Primary Health Care.
Other admission requirements
You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.
You will need support from your trust to be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Criminal Records Bureau clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course. If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local trusts. The trusts advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact your local trust and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.
Occasionally students self-fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local trust in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.
If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.
International applicants can find out more about entry requirements on our dedicated webpages: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/international/
If you apply for this course you must be current on the NMC Nursing register and you will need to provide evidence of study at level 5/6 within the last five years or complete an approved study skills course. See course description for further admission details.