Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning

Chemotherapy Nurse Training

Chemotherapy Nurse Training


If you are an oncology nurse in the UK and you need to administer Systemic Anticancer Treatments (SACT) then this course is for you. All UK chemotherapy nurses administering SACT should complete a university accredited course. This online 10 credit continuing professional development (CPD) module satisfies this condition.

This module has been designed for registered chemotherapy nurses involved with cancer patients. You will complete the course online over a period of 16 weeks. You have the option to study this course as stand-alone CPD, or combine with the Oncology and Palliative Care modules as part of a Master's.

There are two start dates to choose from - September (Semester 1) and January (Semester 2).  You can apply online, on the application portal.  On the ‘Programme of Study’ page of the online application form, you should select: 6041P CPD Oncology and Palliative Care.

The programme covers the following topics:

  • Clinical Governance and Safety in Cancer Care
  • IV Access, Intrathecal and Intravesical Chemotherapy
  • The Cell Cycle
  • Pharmacology and Cytotoxic Drug Groups
  • Chemotherapy Side Effects
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Extravasation
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Research & Clinical Trials
  • Chemotherapy Regimen in Common Cancers
  • Chemotherapy Regimen in a Specific Cancer
  • Psychological Problems Associated with Chemotherapy

This Chemotherapy Nurse Training CPD course is also listed on the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) website.

“Doing the e-learning module via Newcastle University enabled me to work full time, plan my study around work commitments and yet still have a good work/life balance. I would thoroughly recommend it.” Graduate

“No lectures! A modern learning experience with up-to-date material and access to experienced practitioners.” Emily, Haematology Nurse Specialist, Hexham General Hospital, UK


Find out about the entry requirements for this course.


To apply for this course you must be working with the UK Health Service. You should have undergraduate degree in a relevant health-related subject eg BSc Nursing. However, we’ll also consider applications on an individual basis and you may be given credit for your knowledge and experience.  

If English is not your first language, you need an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in writing and reading and at least 6.5 in speaking and listening).  You can also read the University's English Language guidance, which includes other English language tests we accept and extra English language support.  Academic qualifications that we accept from your country to meet our entry requirements are listed on your country page.

One of the conditions of your offer is the return of references from your nominated referees. You will also need to nominate a Workplace Mentor. Full conditions of your offer will be set out in an offer letter.