MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice


MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

With Royal College of Nursing Accreditation


This innovative course is a development from our well regarded BSc(Hons) Acute Healthcare Practice| course and carries certified accreditation from the Royal College of Nursing.

Course Pathway

MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

This pathway is appropriate for nurses working in the acute or primary health care setting who wish to continue to develop their knowledge & skills in order to allow them to work autonomously within their own area of clinical expertise. The qualified nurse practitioner will be a registered nurse who has undertaken this programme of study in order to develop the skills of critical thinking, decision making and the ability to assess and treat within their sphere of practice and within the NMC code of Conduct (NMC, 2008). Assessment will comprise of a theoretical component as well as a core competency package based upon the RCN Advanced Practitioner Competencies. Post-programme opportunities are detailed below:

  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Consultant Nurse
  • Practice Educator
  • Professional Development Nurse
  • Lecturer within an Higher Education Institute
  • Resuscitation Training Officer
  • Critical Care Outreach Team
  • Team Leaders
  • Ward Managers
  • Clinical Matron
  • Hospital at night practitioner

Such roles reflect Department of Health policy initiatives and inter-professional working. Of equal importance is the potential for the programme to act as a springboard to Doctoral level study.

The students will have the opportunity to 'step off' the course with a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Healthcare Practice at the end of year two. 


This guide is designed to give mentors for students undertaking this course some general information about the new course together with some guidance regarding the support that these students will need in the practice setting.

The course team hopes that this information will be useful as an introduction to competency assessment within this new degree course. Please contact one of the course leaders detailed below should you need any further information and/or guidance:


Course Leaders

Tel Number/Email

Wendi Braithwaite

Mark Ranson




Programme Structure|

Course Rationale|

Aims and Learning Outcomes|

Guide to Competency Assessment|

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