The term ‘pre-registration nursing education’ describes the programme that a nursing student in the United Kingdom undertakes in order to acquire the competencies needed to meet the criteria for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The standards set out below apply to the approval of all new pre-registration nursing programmes from September 2011.
 
This introduction aims to assist approved education institutions (AEIs) and their partner organisations understand the standards and how to meet them. It reviews briefly the background and context, and the location, design and delivery of programmes. You might find it helpful to begin by reading the Pre-registration nursing education: Explanation of terms. Throughout, you can access additional information by clicking on the blue hyperlinks.