MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner course is healthcare professionals who want to extend the scope of their practice regarding consultation, assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions. It is suitable for aspiring Advanced Nurse/ Paramedic Practitioners and people requiring advanced physical assessment skills for their role. Modern healthcare services are dynamic, diverse and challenging, often requiring care and interventions delivered by healthcare practitioners with advanced clinical skills and sound theoretical knowledge. The MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner will allow you to develop your skills at an advanced level, thereby meeting the requirements set by National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH).

You will develop your understanding of altered physiology to effectively assess patients' health or ill health status. In addition you will study research methods, influences on current health care practices and independent prescribing. The MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner can be achieved within three years and you will need to be supported by a medical and professional mentor in practice.

Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

Year One: MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner

  • Clinical Conditions 1
    This will involve developing your understanding of altered physiological processes in relation to cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal disease processes, for example Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure and Myasthenia Gravis disease.
  • Clinical Skills 1
    This will involve further developing your knowledge and skills in relation to examining patients with cardiac, respiratory and musculosketal diseases. This will include completing a comprehensive patient medical history, thoroughly examining each system mentioned above and identifying their treatment and management plan based on an individual clinical presentation.
  • Influences on Practice
    You will debate the political, legal and professional influences on advanced practice in context with today’s healthcare system. Professional influences include considering the role of advanced practice within the Welsh Advanced Practice Framework. Legal influences include accountability and political influences will address the requirements advocated by Welsh Government.

Year Two: MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner

  • Clinical Conditions 2
    This will involve developing your understanding of altered physiological processes in relation to endocrine, neurological and abdominal disease processes, for example Diabetes and Thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, liver and gut diseases.
  • Clinical Skills 2
    You will continue to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to examining patients with endocrine, neurological and abdominal disease. This will include completing a comprehensive patient medical history, thoroughly examining each system mentioned above and identifying their treatment and management plan based on an individual clinical presentation.
  • Research Methods
    You will learn how to critically evaluate a range of research methodologies.

Year Three: MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner

The final year of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner course has a choice of three pathways:

  1. A dissertation of 15,000 words (for the 60 credit module) where you will choose a topic relevant to your own area of practice and critically evaluate the role of the advanced practitioner within that area.
  2. A dissertation of 10,000 (for the 40 credit module) where you will choose a topic relevant to your own area of practice and critically evaluate the role of the advanced practitioner within that area, and one of the optional modules below.
  3. Independent Prescribing (40 credits) plus one optional module.

Optional modules 

  • Professional Portfolio Development (20 Credits)
  • Leading Effective Teams in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

Teaching

You will attend the University one day a week. First year students will study on Mondays, whilst second years are Thursday and third year are in on a Friday. Hours of study: Monday 09.00-17.00; Thursday 10.00-19.00; Friday 11.00-17.00.

MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner is taught by a variety of methods including tutorials, lectures, case study presentations, peer presentations, and problem-based learning. You will also undertake practicals in our Clinical Simulation Suite as well as in actual clinical practice.

Assessment

Assessments include written examinations, assignments and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). The OSCEs will take place in May each year and be completed as part of the clinical skills modules and involve undertaking a comprehensive patient history, examining a particular bodily system, and identifying a management and treatment plan for the individual.

Facilities

Our state of the art Clinical Simulation Centre is set up to replicate an acute care NHS environment, providing realistic clinical facilities for our pre-registration students and qualified healthcare professionals.

 

Lecturers

Applicants must be a registered nurse, midwife, SCPHN, health visitor, physiotherapist or pharmacist, or paramedic educated to at least degree level. Candidates must have a minimum of three years, full-time, post-registration experience (or equivalent part-time) and be in current employment. Accreditation of recognised prior learning (RPL) will also be considered. You will also need to have access to a medical mentor who will assess and approve your clinical competencies throughout the Advanced Clinical Practitioner course.

The application process does not currently include an interview, other than for the Independent Prescribing module which is in the third year. Your application is vetted firstly by ensuring you meet the entry criteria as outlined. If you only fill out the basic information, your application is likely to be referred back to you. Please take the time to complete the personal statement and demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of Advanced Practice and its application to your role.

If you have been offered an unconditional place on the course, please accept the offer as soon as possible, otherwise you may lose the place. You can always change your decision afterwards or defer.  However, you can only defer your application for one year. If you decide not to attend after this deferral you will have to apply again.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £670  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Funding

The Welsh Government has proposed a Postgraduate Loan for Master’s degrees.

Apply directly to the University for this course. You will need to register first.

Admissions statement 

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner will develop a range of clinical skills in greater depth and gain the knowledge to assess, diagnose and treat patients. Study of relevant protocols, policy and research will complement this to allow safe practice at an advanced level. Typical career progression is to Advanced Clinical Practice Nurse.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.