The first 10 recruits – made up of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust staff – began the programme in March 2016.
Traditionally a three-year qualification, the 18-month nursing course is aimed at people with a healthcare background.
The first students to study on a new 18-month full-time work-based nursing degree have graduated with flying colours.
He said: “It’s momentous really to have had the opportunity to do this course. There’s been a lot of support during the degree, both from the University and the trust. I would definitely advocate this qualification to others going forward.”