University of Chester

University of Chester

Non-Medical Prescribing

The aims of the programme are: to prepare allied health professionals to practise as supplementary prescribers and to meet the standards set by the Health Professions Council; to prepare pharmacists to practise as independent prescribers and meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC); to prepare nurses and midwives to practise as supplementary and independent prescribers and to meet the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Entry requirements

Students must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPHC) or the Health Professions Council; they must be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use supplementary and/or independent prescribing; they must be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor, including confirmation that the entrant has appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe from an approved designated medical supervisor, including supervision, support and assessment; students should have at least 3 years' relevant post-qualification experience; students should possess an ability to study at a minimum of academic level 7; students must have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice; students must have an ability to reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own continuing professional development

Course modules

This 40 credit programme consists of two 20 credit modules; the modules employ shared learning by nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals; both modules must be taken contemporaneously and successfully completed in order to register as a non-medical prescriber; there is no University academic award associated with this programme: however, the professional bodies award their own certificate of non-medical prescribing as appropriate.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a 4,000 word reflective portfolio with 13 specific learning outcomes; an examination to assess pharmacological knowledge and drug calculation skills; evaluation of competence in practice with a designated medical prescriber; and an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) assessing communication and consultation skills with an additional viva exploring evidence based approaches to prescribing.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Short Course Certificate Part-time £ 1,920 per Whole course (overseas fees) 6 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Warrington Campus Warrington WA2 0DB North West
Wirral (Clatterbridge) CH63 4JY

Key information

Health and Social Care Admissions
Telephone number: 
01244 511000