Taught course

Advanced Practice (Neonates)

University of Salford · School of Health and Society

Entry requirements

You will need to have a 2:1 degree in a relevant health-related area and work within a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit with a minimum of 5 years clinical experience. Anyone who doesn't have the required level of degree is advised to discuss their application with the Programme Leader.

You will also need to possess the ENB 405 / Quality in Specialty qualification and be live on the NMC register.

Months of entry


Course content

This 12-month course requires a high level of commitment to succeed and you will move from nursing to a medical rota immediately upon qualification.

You will achieve a number of clinical competencies such as advanced resuscitation skills, insertion of percutaneous long lines, insertion of umbilical and venous catheters, airway management and intubation and chest drains. Upon completion, you will be eligible for a non-medical advanced practitioner in neonates to work within a junior medical rota.

You are expected to be flexible during the programme to facilitate your learning and clinical practice/experience:

During the first three months, you will be introduced to new concepts, theories and medical management including physiology, and pathophysiology for neonates within the maternity department and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

For the rest of the programme, you will attend university and work in clinical practice.

You will self-roster your off duty, clinical practice/experience within your tertiary intensive neonatal care unit (learning on the job).

You will be given a named supervisor (consultant neonatologist).

You must accrue a minimum of 660 clinical hours during your twelve months of training.

Simulation teaching will be undertaken in the University’s simulation suite and clinical areas.

The Non-Medical Prescribing module is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and upon successful completion, you will be able to add an annotation to your professional registration as an independent prescriber.

Information for international students

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7 is proof of this.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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