How to become a nursing associate
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could do a Nursing Associate Foundation degree at university. This typically takes 2 years to complete when studied full-time.
You will need to check course fees and funding information for this route with individual universities.
You can also check that the course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
You'll usually need:
- at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
You can do a nursing associate higher apprenticeship. This takes 2 years to complete and combines study with training on the job.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
You could start as a healthcare assistant or care worker in a hospital or community care setting. Once you have some experience, you could apply for a place on the nursing associate higher apprenticeship and train on the job.