Taught course

Nursing (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You 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 (opportunities for individual APEL are available on application). •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 three 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.

Months of entry


Course content

According to the International Council of Nursing, a nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice which are shaped by the context and/or country in which they practise.

Advanced practitioners are unique as nurses by virtue of their diagnostic and therapeutic capacity which allows the practitioners to work autonomously in carefully delegated aspects of a doctor’s role in both the acute and primary care sectors. Our course is designed to facilitate your professional development as an advanced practitioner by providing you with the robust education required to support your 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 you can be assured of the national integrity of your studies for health employers.

The learning and teaching strategy within the programme has been guided by the definition of an advanced nurse practitioner.

We use the competencies for advanced practice and the four pillars of advanced practice to articulate the core principle that advanced practice is a level of practice rather than a role.

What you study

There are several ways to advance your profile as a nurse practitioner professionally for your CV within our MSc Nursing framework.

There are two certified stop-off points in the programme to allow a flexible approach to your studies at this level.

You undertake one year or continue to two years to obtain a PgDip Advanced Practitioner.

You complete three years to obtain a MSc Nursing (Advanced Nurse Practitioner.)

Alternatively you may undertake single modules and accrue academic points as you go, which you may later put towards PgDip or MSc studies to enable you to match your studies to your working and family life.
• You study within a design based on the international and national curriculum guidance for advanced practice studies.
• There are core modules and option modules for you to choose from so that you may construct your pathway design to match your patient population as an advanced practitioner.

This course consists of 160 credits of core modules and 20 credits of a designated/option module. There is an induction period to help meet your needs in relation to the demands of master’s-level study.

In essence you will improve your diagnostic and case management skills whilst increasing your knowledge of the common pathologies and holistic evidenced-based therapeutics.

How you are assessed

A matrix of assessments is used to ensure the fitness of your studies for practice purpose.
Work-based learning is a key feature of your pathway. Practice is not advanced unless it can be seen to be applied to practice for the good of your patients and your staff.

This matrix includes a variety of formative and summative assessment tools. For example, Case-based Discussion to help improve your clinical judgement; mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise to develop your diagnostic ,history-taking and examination skills; case logs and case summaries to help you reflect on your diagnostic work-ups and clinical decision-making in practice; and multi-source feedback tools to enhance your patient centredness. 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.

Career opportunities

There are many opportunities now for nurse practitioners in the new NHS as a result of the GMS contract; the European Working Directive and practice-based commissioning. Wherever practitioners work they have repeatedly demonstrated reliable, high-quality, cost-effective care to patients.
They have improved the quality of care of the patient’s journey. They have reduced service costs (in some instances up to 50 per cent).

They have proven to service managers that they can safely operate in delegated aspects of the doctor’s role.

Hence in the current climate they are increasingly in demand in many care sectors in the acute and community care environments.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384176