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NMC curriculum hours

The programme normally takes just over four years to complete, or three years for students who enter the programme at NMC progression point 1. (Stage 2 of programme)

In order to achieve the NMC Standards of Education and be eligible to apply for entry to the professional register, the programme is made up of a minimum of 4,600 hours split between theory and practice learning. A variety of health and social care settings are used for practice learning and include the NHS, private, voluntary and independent sectors. 

The table below outlines the minimum distribution of hours across the programme.

Distribution of theory and practice hours 

Part of programme Modules Theory
(hours)
Supernumerary
practice
(hours)

Stage 1

Introduction to healthcare practice (K104)

170

770

Introducing health and social care (K102)

600

Stage 2

Developing nursing practice (K211)

85

770

Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (K210)

685

Stage 3

Becoming an autonomous practitioner (K326 / K327 / K328 / K329)

85

770

Assimilating nursing: knowledge and theory (K325)

685

Total hours

2,310

2,310