Develop your nursing skills by learning in a practical work-based environment on our Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) BSc (Hons) course. To apply for this course, you must already be approved to do so by your funding organisation and a Registered Nurse.
District nurses care for people in their home and in the community.
Our one-year Top-up Degree combines university study with experience in practice with the support of Practice Assessors and Supervisors to enhance your knowledge of working and caring for people in the community.
In particular, you'll focus on population and caseload management; on supporting your patients to achieve and sustain independence; and on caring for those who are either unwell, recovering or at end of life.
As a district nursing student at ARU, you’ll explore how individuals and their families can care for themselves at home, enhancing people’s dignity and reducing hospital admissions. Our course will give you the skills you need to take on this rewarding role, with an understanding of legal and ethical issues.
Our BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) degree course features a mix of classroom and online learning, with 120 days on placement. You’ll receive support from your tutors at all times and be assigned a Practice Supervisor who’ll help you to develop a personalised programme of learning.
By the end of the year, you’ll record your qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) with a prescribing qualification.
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With our Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) course, you’ll:
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Our Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) BSc (Hons) degree is NMC-validated and you’ll be linked to one of our eight NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements.
Once you have graduated, you’ll be able to record your qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) with a prescribing qualification.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
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Top-Up courses are a great way to gain a full degree, while learning more about a subject or developing your professional knowledge.
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