Build on the community knowledge, skills and experience you’ve gained as a qualified nurse with our Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved postgraduate course. To apply for this course, you must already be approved to do so by your funding organisation.
District nursing is vital to the sustainability of the NHS, now and in the future.
Our one-year postgraduate diploma combines university study with experience in practice. With the support of Practice Assessors and Supervisors, you’ll 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 graduate, you’ll qualify as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing), an NMC recordable qualification.
Our postgraduate diploma is designed for NMC-registered nurses who want to build on their existing knowledge, skills and experience.
The course is 50% theory and 50% practice. Half of your time will be spent in practice with a qualified district nurse as your Practice Assessor, developing your skills in the delivery of high-quality care in the community.
Multidisciplinary working is integral to community work and is reflected throughout our course, both in the classroom and in practice.
Choose to study in a location that suits you – Cambridge or Chelmsford – and gain a professional qualification in just one year.
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As a postgraduate student at ARU you’ll benefit from:
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the Nurse Education Provider of the Year award in 2023.
This is a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable qualification as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing).
Our postgraduate diploma is a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable qualification as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing).
When you graduate, you’ll be qualified to work as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nurse).
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As a student at ARU, you’ll spend 50% of your time in practice with a qualified district nurse as your Practice Assessor. It’s a great way to refine and develop your skills.
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