The University of York has become the latest institution to have its nursing degree course approved under new standards for the move to a graduate-only entry profession.
The BSc nursing course has gained approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, meaning the university will now cease its diploma course and only offer a degree.
The university said the NMC review team had praised its new programme for its “creative and innovative approach” and said that it provided “an opportunity to move nursing forward”.
Sue Ford, deputy head of the Department of Health Sciences, said: “I am extremely proud that our programme was one of the first to be approved, underlining the excellence of our nurse training at York.
“We were commended by the NMC’s review team for the quality of our partnership working, and the wisdom and dynamism of the team. I am delighted that York will be leading the way.”
The new standards follow the government’s decision that from 2013 all undergraduate pre-registration nurse training will be provided at degree level only.
Until this year, York provided a three-year diploma programme as well as a BSc degree.
The changes also mean there will be just one entry date in October – previously a second entry date was provided at York in March. The first intake of 180 students to follow the new programme will start in October.
The University of Southampton became the first institution to gain approval from the NMC to train all its nursing pupils to degree standard in February.