University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Non-Medical Prescribing (level 7)

The module prepares nurses/midwives, pharmacists and relevant allied health professionals to practice within current non medical prescribing legislation. The course comprises of 26 theory days and 12 practice placement days, over a six month period, in line with the Department of Health requirements. Students will undertake 13 days of direct multi-professional teaching and one day for examinations at the Preston campus. Students will undertake 12 days of directed study based upon their identified learning needs. Allied health professionals and pharmacist students will be required to state two defined conditions for which they could prescribe and focus on during the course. Practice days are negotiated between the students and designated medical practitioner but must be completed within the duration of the course. A minimum of six of the practice days must be spent with the designated medical practitioner.

Entry requirements

All entrants must: Be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Level 1 Registered Nurse, Midwife and /or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse) or the General Pharmaceutical Council and/or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland or the Health and Care Professions Council; nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses and relevant allied health professionals are required to have a minimum of 3 years relevant post registration experience. Nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses are required to have been in the clinical area and field they intend to prescribe for at least 1 year immediately preceding application to the course. Pharmacists must have a minimum of 2 years appropriate patient orientated experience in addition to the pre-registration year following graduation; approval by the relevant Trust Prescribing Lead and Clinical Manager; ability to identify the benefits to practice of undertaking the course. Every applicant must hold a current criminal identity check (enhanced disclosure) via Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) prior to admission to the programme. It is a requirement of the Health and Care Professions Council that allied health professionals show the original copy to the admissions tutor or sign a self-declaration form regarding criminal conviction status until such time as the formal DBS has been completed and cleared; have identified a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who has experience in relevant field of practice; trained and experienced in supervising, supporting and assessing trainees; and has agreed to provide the trainee with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing, supervise support and assess clinical practice. It is a requirement of the Health and Care Professions Council that allied health professions provide a medical certificate verifying that they are in good health. Demonstration of ability to study at academic level 6 or 7 through providing evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process. All entrants must have a basic familiarity with Internet usage and Microsoft word processing is required. University support is available for less confident students.

Assessment methods

Assessment of the course is in 4 parts, all of which must be passed in order to successfully complete the course; these are the production of a 4000-word portfolio of professional development in prescribing practice, written examination, Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and achievement of competence in practice. Students who undertake the level 7 module will also have a viva voce with the OSCE.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Advanced Certificate Part-time - 6 months

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