Glyndwr University

Wrexham Glyndwr University

Advanced Clinical Nursing Practice

This course is for experienced registered healthcare practitioners looking to further their career in an advanced clinical role; students learn how to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations by using initiative and taking personal responsibility; which is good preparation for a more advanced, challenging role; students have the opportunity to undertake an optional professional qualification in independent/supplementary prescribing that is recorded with the appropriate professional body.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold current registration with a professional, statutory regulatory body relating to their area of advanced practice; hold a degree, of 2.2 classification or above, in a discipline related to their professional qualification or hold a non-graduate qualification which the university has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission; applicants without a full Honours degree at 2.2 or above are asked to complete a 1500-word essay; have a minimum of 3 years' full time (or equivalent pro rata) post-registration clinical experience and be employed in a clinical role with a high level of autonomy or have employer support to secure a placement with protected time equivalent to the above for a minimum of 2 days per week; if undertaking the prescribing qualifications applicants must have a Designated Supervisory Medical Practitioner (DSMP)/Medical Supervisor and clinical mentorship support from their employing organisation; following completion of an application form students are invited to attend an interview with the admissions team; applicants are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) form and pay the appropriate fee, so that a check can be made on their suitability for working with children and vulnerable adults.

Course modules

Core modules: Clinical assessment, diagnosis and holistic care management; leading advanced care management; research methods in health and social care; dissertation. Optional modules: Palliative care (symptom management); clinical diagnostics; principles of public health; learning and teaching in practice; contemporary issues in end of life care; transforming health service delivery through effective leadership; chronic disease management in community health; health promotion; negotiated module at level 6 or 7; independent or supplementary prescribing; psychosocial support in palliative care; ethics of decision-making in palliative care; mentorship in practice; narratives (theory and method).

Assessment methods

Assessment of practice is based within specific modules and includes a practice portfolio consisting of reflective accounts and care studies/clinical management plans; unseen multiple choice examinations test the knowledge base in subjects such as pathophysiology and pharmacology; objective structured clinical examinations (OCSEs) test psychomotor skills and decision-making skills; students are tested through written theory assignments.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 2,395 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PgCert Part-time £ 2,625 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Part-time £ 2,625 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Wrexham Campus Wrexham LL11 2AW Wales

Key information

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