The Government claims students are "supernumerary" and "not contracted to provide nursing care".
The regulator plans to tackle the “negative perceptions” some nurses and midwives hold.
The two-year full-time course has broken away from the apprenticeship route.
While retention is clearly an issue, attracting new nurses into the profession is also a significant problem.
HEE aims to train 45,000 nursing associates by 2027.
The partnership will "inspire more nurses to return to practice".
It is not yet known how much of the course would be delivered online.
Over four-hundred nursing associates have joined the register in the past two months.
HEE say they plan to train 45,000 nursing associates by 2027 with around 17,000 going on to become Registered Nurses.
Any registered healthcare professional, even if they are newly qualified, can act as a practice supervisor.
The RCN has warned that nursing associates should not be used as a replacement for registered nurses.
The role has been designed to support registered nurses in the delivery of care rather than replacing them.
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The new approach allows trainee nursing associates to be included within staffing numbers.
Nursing Associates could be included within minimum staffing numbers in order to 'adequately safeguard patients'.