Taught course

Advanced Practice in District Nursing with Specialist Practitioner Qualification

Glasgow Caledonian University · School of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

Pre-requisite employer-related requirements to accessing V300, as specified in the Standards of Proficiency for Nurse and Midwife Prescribers (NMC, 2006), require three years experience as a practitioner – the final year being in the clinical field in which prescribing will take place; deemed competent by the employer to undertake the programme; availability of a designated medical practitioner who is agreeable to undertake learning and assessment in practice.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme supports the development of registered (Adult) nurses who are capable of meeting the contemporary political, organisational and clinical practice demands of care delivery. Specialist Practitioner District Nurses (SPDN) require to demonstrate high level decision-making and problem-solving skills in challenging complex clinical situations as part of caring for the older population.

The programme aims to build on students’ existing professional knowledge and skills to enable them to extend their capabilities to develop knowledge and skills pertinent to SPDN practice using a range of dynamic and stimulating learning opportunities.

This PgD complies with Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for specialist education and practice (NMC, 2001) and standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (Independent/supplementary V300) (NMC, 2006).

Information for international students

IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 7. Scholarships available.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGD
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
0141 331 8630