This degree develops the knowledge and skills of a nurse practitioner through theoretical teaching which underpins critical examination. The course has been designed to allow the integration of an in depth knowledge of consultation theory and pathophysiology in Year 1, with the practical skills required for autonomous practice being acquired in Year 2.
The Nurse Practitioner course has been developed alongside the RCN Domains and Competencies for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (2010).
Part-time: Two years, can take up to five years
School of Health Sciences
No Partner College
Students will generally be expected to study one day a week, with University attendance equal to one day a fortnight, including 10 hours/week for personal study and approximately two hours/week in clinical practice with their practice supporter.
Prior to starting this programme of study, students must identify and obtain practice support from suitably qualified health practitioners who are prepared to assist students in the development of history taking skills and physical assessment and decision making in the clinical arena.
There are two pathways within this programme both consisting of six modules, or equivalent:
This includes patient assessment, history taking, physical examination, anatomy, physiology with pathophysiology, to develop the students understanding of disease processes. Other areas of learning include public health, clinical decision making, risk assessment, principles of paediatric and adult assessment. Comprehensive patient assessment and diagnosis modules will prepare the student to undertake physical assessment of all twelve bodily systems.
This pathway additionally provides students with the opportunity to undertake the double module of Non-Medical Prescribing. This will allow successful students to exit as qualified non-medical prescribers. Students who choose this route are referred to the course information sheet for Non-Medical Prescribing and will need to complete the rigorous application process via their prescribing lead at their NHS trust.
Within this pathway you will study the same core contents as Pathway 1 with the additional modules of Valuing Research and Practice Based Study. Valuing research is aimed at building on students’ knowledge and understanding of research and the relevance of evidence in the development of clinical practice. The practice based study module will draw together the students' learning by helping to improve patient care and explore an in-depth area of interest within a chosen specialty, which will demonstrate how their clinical practice has moved forward through studying on this programme.
Students generally undertake the equivalent of three standard modules each year.
Students who wish to undertake the Non-Medical Prescribing double module as an option, may do so in lieu of Valuing Research and Practice Based Study. It cannot, however, be undertaken until year 2 of the programme.
(C) = Compulsory
(O) = Optional
The course has a variety of assessment strategies across the different modules. The clinical modules include an assessment in the clinical area by a mentor as well as compulsory academic assessment.
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For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
For more information about the course please contact the course leader Allan Gardner at Agardner@uclan.ac.uk
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/ 3839
Short Form of Course:
Institution Code Name: CLANC
Institution Code: C30
Campus Site: U
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom