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Return to Practice

Nursing/Nursing Associate

Is nursing still in your heart? Come back to the career your love. Our Return to Practice Nursing course provides an opportunity to return to the Professional Register.

Why study with us

  • You'll have a dedicated personal tutor who will provide pastoral support. You'll also have practice supervisors and assessors who'll work with you during your clinical practice. A relevant academic assessor will oversee your progress and your practice assessment document.
  • Our School has significant experience in the provision of NHS England contracted Return to Practice programmes. This course adheres to the NMC Standards for Return to Practice (NMC, 2019), Standards Framework for Nursing Education (NMC 2018) and Standards for Nursing Associates (2018).
  • On this bespoke cpd course for nurses your prior nursing experience is valued.

Course overview

The Return to Practice (Nursing/ Nursing Associate) module has an associated 200 hours of learning. It's a 12-week taught programme with a mix of 12 theoretical study/skills days and between 150 – 450 hours spent in clinical practice. You'll be expected to engage with a minimum of 22.5 hours of clinical learning per week in practice.

Module code: Level 6 Nursing (NU3600), Level 5 Nursing Associate (NU2600)
Campus and online
Study Mode: Part-time. Study day is one day a week for 12 weeks; clinical placement is a minimum of 22.5 hours per week up to full-time (37.5 hours) dependent on your availability.
Duration: Assessment criteria within 12 months of commencing the programme.
Campus: Preston
Start Date: September or March

Nursing expertise

Angela Irving
Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Return to your nursing career

This CPD nursing course makes you eligible to renew your registration with the NMC. So you can return to nursing as a registered nurse or nursing associate.

Whilst it does not guarantee employment most returnees have been successful in gaining a job after completion.

You'll receive advice and guidance on preparing a CV and portfolio of evidence, applying for jobs, and preparing for interviews. 

In this short NHS video returners discuss their journey back to nursing. 

Got a question about returning to nursing?


This course is based in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

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