University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Advanced Practice (Clinical)

The programme will help you develop the qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring the assessment, diagnosis, problem solving, clinical decision making and treatment of patients with undifferentiated undiagnosed conditions.

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd Class Honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures. Applicants must be on the Nursing Register/Health Professionals Council Register or its equivalent, and have regular access to an advanced practice environment. Graduate Nurse Practitioner applicants must have completed their programme of study at a Royal College of Nursing approved site. Nurse Practitioner (RCN approved courses only) graduates will be exempt from the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE). This will be dealt with via the University Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures. Applicants will have five years (pro rata) experience in their clinical field and a clinical practice facilitator to support their clinical learning and undertake their practice assessments. Applicants who do not hold a 2.2 Honours degree will be considered as a non-standard entrant. Standard University practice will be followed with respect to applicants without traditional entry requirements. Non-standard entrants are required to demonstrate ability to benefit from and successfully complete the course. All non-standard entrants are interviewed. Applicants will need to provide evidence of successful study at level 6 (or equivalent) within the last five years. Students for whom English is a second language may be required to provide evidence of passing an International Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 7.0 with a mean score of 6.5 in all elements. The application must be supported by two references, one of which must make reference to the applicant's professional competence. One referee must be the applicant's current employer. It is expected that students will have in place a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check). If an additional DBS check is required, it is the responsibility of the student or employer, to arrange for and fund this.

Course modules

Modules include: Clinical decision making in advanced practice; evidence for advanced practice; qualificatory practice unit: Learning in advanced practice; research methods; dissertation. Students must study the equivalent of 40 credits from the following optional modules: Evidence based practice; leadership; management-managing within a strategic and organisational context; acute care; assessment and management of the acutely ill adult; advanced pathophysiology and disease in practice; case management of long term conditions; long term conditions; care and management; advanced assessment and management of acutely ill children; advanced assessment and management of common childhood illness; facilitating health behaviour change; negotiated learning (independent study); work based learning; medicines: therapeutics and pharmacology; principles of prescribing practice in the context of allied health professionals (supplementary prescribing); principles of prescribing practice in the context of nursing, midwifery and specialist community public health nursing; pharmacology for prescribing; developing clinical skills for non medical prescribing through work based learning; consultation skills for pharmacists.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Examinations; essays; portfolios; presentations; patchwork texts; case studies.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

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Distance Learning

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