University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

Non-Medical Prescribing

The aim of the course is to provide eligible healthcare professionals with the required underpinning knowledge and skills to enable them to become safe prescribers and enhance students' ability to provide holistic care that meets the requirements of service users within complex work settings; the programme is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent and supplementary non-medical prescriber.

Entry requirements

Students need to be a registered 1st level nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse; they need to have at least 3 years experience as a practising nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse and at least the preceding year should have been spent working in the clinical field within which they wish to prescribe; they need to be working for an organisation who has the necessary clinical governance infrastructure in place to enable the student to prescribe once they are qualified to do so; this includes a Criminal Records Bureau checking process; they need to be deemed competent by their employer (if applicable) to undertake the course, including competency in physical assessment and diagnostic skills within their area of practice; they need to have the ability to study at level 6; they need to have written confirmation of support from their manager (if applicable); they need to have written confirmation of support from an appropriate DMP who meets the eligibility criteria for medical supervision of nurse prescribers as stated in the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Nurse and Midwife Prescribers (Annexe 3, 2006); they need to provide written confirmation from employer (if applicable) regarding the applicants ability; they need to undertake a history, clinical assessment and diagnosis; they need to have a clinical need to justify prescribing; they need to have sufficient knowledge to apply prescribing principles gained from the programme to their own area of practice; they need to demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills which underpin those developed and assessed on the course.

Course modules

Modules include: Pharmacology for prescribing; prescribing practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment is dependent upon module; pharmachology for prescribing is assessed by pharmacology essay, in class examination consisting of short answer numeracy questions and short answer/multiple choice pharmacology questions; prescribing practice is assessed by objective structured clinical observation, case study and portfolio.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 1,440 per Whole course (home fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Francis Close Hall Cheltenham GL50 4AZ South West

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Guidance and Recruitment Office
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