Teesside University

Teesside University

Nursing (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

This course is designed to facilitate professional development as an advanced practitioner by providing students with the robust education required to support their role as a practitioner working at the interface of nursing with medicine. The course is structured in line with international and national guidance for nurse practitioner studies so students can be assured of the national integrity of their studies for health employers. The learning and teaching strategy within the programme has been guided by the definition of an advanced nurse practitioner. The course uses the competencies for advanced practice and the 4 pillars of advanced practice to articulate the core principle that advanced practice is a level of practice rather than a role.

Entry requirements

Applicants must: be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council; have an Honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related subject or evidence of study at degree level; be employed by a healthcare organisation at band 6 or above within an area of advanced practice which requires diagnostic and therapeutic responsibility for a patient caseload. This would be for a minimum of 200 hours practice per year for the duration of the course; be able to organise for a doctor or qualified and active advanced practitioner/s to act as a practice supervisor/s to enable development in practice as an advanced nurse practitioner via the work based practice component; be able to dedicate a minimum of 3 hours per week, in addition to the study day at University, to work in an advanced nurse practitioner capacity to focus on developing as an advanced nurse practitioner and complete the required hours of supervision and competences for the practitioner domains.

Course modules

Year 1 core modules: advanced physical assessment and disease management skills; competencies for advanced nurse practice 1; conceptualisation of nursing through person-centred care. Year 2 core modules: advanced inquiry in nursing; competencies for advanced nurse practice 2. Year 3 core modules: enhancing the user/carer experience through evidence-based nursing (dissertation). Option modules: advanced management of secondary prevention in coronary heart disease; advanced minor injury/illness assessment skills; advanced personal effectiveness in leadership; arrhythmia management; non-medical prescribing in a leadership context; supportive care for patients with long-term conditions. Modules offered may vary.

Assessment methods

A matrix of assessments is used to ensure the fitness of studies for practice purpose. This matrix includes a variety of formative and summative assessment tools. For example, case-based discussion to help improve clinical judgement; mini clinical evaluation exercise to develop diagnostic, history-taking and examination skills; case logs and case summaries to help students reflect on their diagnostic work-ups and clinical decision-making in practice; and multi-source feedback tools to enhance patient centeredness. In addition a variety of assessment tools are provided via other modules. These include the traditional examination for advanced pathophysiology; a clinical skills examination for the advanced physical assessment skills module; oral presentations; and traditional written assignments for the nursing-focused modules.

Sponsorship information

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information relating to funding will be updated on Teesside University website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

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School of Health and Social Care
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