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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing with NMC Registration BSc (Hons)

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registration has been designed to support a wide range of registered nurses who wish to undertake health visiting and school nursing. You must have successfully achieved a secondment by a provider in order to access the course.




Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registration has been designed to support a wide range of registered nurses who wish to undertake health visiting or school nursing. You must have successfully achieved a secondment by a provider in order to access the course.

Following successful course completion you will be awarded either:

  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (120 credits at level 6)



  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: BSc (Hons) SCPHN (health visiting and school nursing) with or without V100

Full-time 52 weeks SCPHN (health visiting and school nursing) with or without V100

Full-time 52 weeks There is one cohort that commences in September.

Fees and funding: Successful Secondment from provider to undertake the Specialist Community Public Health Programme.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.



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Key facts for international students

Not available to international students

Entry criteria

BSc (Hons) route you must have:

  • Effective registration on the NMC professional register
  • Competence in the use of the English language to the satisfaction of the university
  • 120 credits at level four and five
  • Undertaken academic study in the last five years
  • Should be able to demonstrate the ability to study at level 6 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be considered where there is a shortfall in entry requirements.  A maximum of 45 credits can be brought to this course via RPL once the student has commenced on the programme.   


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



Elective modules- two 15 credit modules to be undertaken in semester two

This module must be taken by all students undertaking the SCPHN programme Community Formulary prescribing (V100) (semester three)

Additional final core module for all MSc students only Service Development Project (60 credits)

The course adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to facilitate the learning of a professional group; aiming to be efficient and motivating in the transfer of theoretical and practical knowledge, and to engage positively in actively negotiating, constructing and evaluating learning. Strategies include:

  • Teacher-led sessions
  • Student-led seminars and presentations
  • Discussions and tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Focused reflection as well as a range of experiential teaching methods

A total of 120 credits at level six will allow both the professional qualification and academic award

A total of 120 credits for the PG Dip will allow the professional SCPHN award.

A key strength of our team is that pathway leads are experienced SCPH nurses registered on part three of the NMC register in health visiting and school nurse fields of practice; familiar with the evidence-based informing SCPHN and a wide range of accompanying issues and debates.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of public health nursing regionally and nationally. In addition, many staff members are actively involved in undertaking research within this area of practice.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

CCJ Graduate


This course offers an optional sandwich year; usually as an employee of an approved NHS pathology centre, or a research or industrial laboratory.

Students undertaking the sandwich year often benefit from their placements being funded. Previous opportunities have included placements with:

  • The Health Protection Agency
  • Wickham Laboratories
  • Rutland Biodynamic
  • Local NHS Trusts
CCJ Policing Graduate

Graduate Careers

A BSc (Hons) or PG Dip academic award and professional qualification (recommended to the NMC part three of the register) will allow you to practise as either as a health visitor or school nurse (dependent on field undertaken) in providing high quality child, family, group and wider community specialist public health nursing care in clinical practice.


How to apply

Online application form and guidance notes

Course Leader
Deborah Millington

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