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Nursing Associate

What is a Nursing Associate?

A nursing associate's role is designed to help bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. Nursing associate is a stand-alone role that will also provide a progression route into graduate level nursing.

Nursing associates work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care. The role will contribute to the core work of nursing, freeing up registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical care. The programme prepares you to work alongside healthcare assistants and registered nurses to deliver and evaluate hands-on care. During the programme you will attend the University one day a week and experience practice in a variety of clinical settings, employed as a trainee Nursing Associate. On completition of the programme, you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Nursing Associate. Visit your local NHS Trust website for further information and to apply.

The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) have set out standards for nursing associates which can be viewed on the NMC website.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at Level 5. 
  • Level 2 Maths and English or equivalent.

All places are offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced current (within three months) Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure and register with the update service. For more information please read the Nursing Associate DBS guidance (PDF , 391kb). You will also have to undertake an occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.

Fees and funding

As an apprentice you do not pay course fees. An Apprentice is employed by an organisation which entitles them to earn as they learn. Please contact your employer for further details around apprenticeship routes for this programme.

If not undertaking this programme via the apprenticeship route, normal fees and funding applies, please contact us for further information.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • We can assess whether you can demonstrate sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills in order to be exempt from studying some required modules. If you have applied through an apprenticeship route then you will be asked about each of your knowledge, skills and behaviours in relation to the Nursing Associate apprenticeship standard
  • We will also review your previous qualifications to see whether certified prior learning of formal qualifications, at an equivalent level to the programme can be recognised.
  • For recognition of certified prior learning you will be given a form to complete at interview and you will need to supply documentary evidence of those certificates as listed in the documentary evidence section of the form.
  • Once you have been accepted onto the programme and all the documentation is received then the RPL committee will reach a decision and you will be informed of this decision by the RPL administrator.
  • In you have applied via the Degree Apprenticeship route the Apprenticeship Unit will consider RPL application outcomes and liaise with your employer regarding the impact this might have on the programme fee or length of programme.
  • Even if RPL applications are unsuccessful your prior learning will be considered when setting targets during the programme.
  • Please note that if you are applying for the Foundation Degree in Science in Health and Social Care;Nursing Associate through any route then you will be unable to RPL in more than 50% of the programme.

Visit the web page for further information regarding recognition of prior learning.