Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser

University of Central Lancashire · School of Community Health and Midwifery

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Entry requirements

  • An effective current registration on either part one or two of the NMC register
  • Normally the equivalent of at least one year's post-registration practice experience
  • The equivalent of 360 credits of which 120 must be at Level 3 (degree level) in a relevant Nursing Practice or Social Sciences related subject.
  • You are required to have a current DBS clearance which will be organised through your employing organisation.

Months of entry


Course content

This course prepares registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specialist community public health nurses (Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser) and is suitable for those who wish to develop a career in public health nursing. The course content will cover the four principles of public health practice and students will be involved in: the search for health needs; the stimulation of awareness of health needs; the influence on policies affecting health; the facilitation of health enhancing activities. The course comprises 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. Assessment methods vary and include: examinations, essays, presentations and business reports in addition to practice assessment by a named practice teacher.

The course will enable registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse on the third part of the Nursing and Midwifery register. The course has also been mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework to assist with career progression.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Full-time: Minimum of one year. Part-time: Minimum of two years.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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