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Nurse Practitioner BSc (Hons) - Post-registration

Our BSc (Hon) Nurse Practitioner course will prepare you to admit patients with undifferentiated diagnoses, or existing diagnosis, to the health care system by diagnosing/evaluating, initiating, managing treatment and arranging referral as appropriate

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).

Requirements to undertake this programme of study and practice at an autonomous level, are normally students with diploma level study in a related subject. The student must also be working within a clinical environment that exposes them to situations to support their learning usually with a minimum of 18.5 hours per week contracted hours.

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:

Pathway 1

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.

Pathway 2

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.


How to Apply

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:

Post-registration Recruitment, Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/ 3839 or Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Part-time: Two years, can take up to five years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Post-registration

  • UCAS Code:

    N/A; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: N/A
    Part-time: TBC

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

  • Qualified and registered nurse with a minimum of 3 years post-registration experience.
  • Working in a healthcare setting where there is opportunity for clinical exposure and a wide range of clinical consultations.
  • Working a minimum of 18.5 hours a week in an appropriate healthcare setting.
  • Have achieved 120 credits at level 2 in health related subjects, or equivalent.
  • Identified clinical practice time with a named practice supporter.

Courses at a glance

Year 1

Pathway 1

NU3074 Theories Underpinning the Consultation Process (C)
NU3075 Pathophysiology Applied to Practice (C)

Pathway 2

NU3074 Valuing Research (O)
NU3074 Theories Underpinning the Consultation Process (C)
NU3075 Pathophysiology Applied to Practice (C)

(C) = Compulsory
(O) = Optional

Year 2

Pathway 1

NU3072 Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Diagnosis (A) (C)
NU3073 Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Diagnosis (B) (C)
NU3023 Non-Medical Prescribing (O)

Pathway 2

NU3072 Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Diagnosis (A) (C)
NU3073 Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Diagnosis (B) (C)
NU3092 Practice Based Study (O)

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.

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Our Learning Environment

The course will emphasise the creation of a reflective environment that serves as a safe space within which to challenge practice. Formal lectures will provide a focus and stimulus for other forms of learning e.g. seminars, tutorials and discussion. Independent study and personal reflection forms an important and integral element of this module serving to link theory and practice.

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.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.