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Community Health Studies (Practice Nursing) (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc Community Health Studies is a natural progression route for graduate nurses who desire to develop mastery in specialist practice, in line with the Post Registration Nursing Career Framework (WAG, 2010).

The course aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care. It will develop problem-solving skills and prepare you to take a leadership role in the community context.

The degree meets the specific requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for community nursing competence. The NMC states that to achieve specialist practitioner status, graduates must have achieved prescribed standards, both core and community-specific.

When you successfully complete this degree, you will have a recordable specialist practice qualification in Community Health Studies Practice Nursing.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/945-msc-community-health-studies-practice-nursing

What you will study


Year One:
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
- Decision Making
- Specialist Practitioner

Year Two:
Core module
- Research methods

Optional modules
- Independent Prescribing
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
- Transition
- Long-term health conditions
- Diabetes care
- Minor illness for Primary Care Nurses
- Continuing care for children and young people
- Advances in epilepsy care

After 2 years you will attain a recordable specialist practice qualification with the NMC and an option to exit the course with a PgDiploma.

Year Three
- Dissertation

After 3 years you will attain the MSc qualification.

Learning and teaching methods

You will complete 40 academic days which run from September to June. Year one requires attendance every Tuesday.

In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not placements maybe negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workshops.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Undertaking this course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.

Visit the Community Health Studies (Practice Nursing) (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a first level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You must have acquired a credit rating of 120 credits at Level 6 (Degree) or studied previously at Level 7, e.g. postgraduate diploma.

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