How to become an occupational health nurse
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
If you are a qualified registered nurse or midwife you may be able to do a specialist community public health nurse (Master's) degree apprenticeship.
This typically takes 18 months to complete as a mix of 50 percent workplace learning and 50 percent academic study at an accredited university.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- to be a registered nurse
You'll need to be a registered nurse and have the support of your employer to apply for occupational health nursing posts.
You'll take an approved programme in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Occupational Health Nursing (SCPHN - OHN).
The entry requirements vary between universities offering the programme, but usually have no minimum period of post-registration experience.
The SCPHN qualification can also be used for the health visiting or school nursing pathways.