Entry and Admissions +
Course Content +
Learning Environment & Assessment +
Academic Expertise +
Academic ExpertiseThe teaching team is very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes, with team members have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications. The course leader is Chair of the North West Non-Medical Prescribing Education Group and other team colleagues are members of prescribing forums and groups. The teaching team have well established links with Trust Non Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region.
Learning Outcome & Aims +
Learning outcome & aimsThe course prepares professionals to practise as Independent Prescribers and /or Supplementary Prescribers, according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Health and Care Professions Council.
Industry Links & Professional Accreditation +
Industry links & professional accreditation
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
Work Experience & International Opportunities +
Work experience and international opportunitiesAt UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
Graduate Careers +
Graduate CareersThe UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
Testimonials‘Just to give you a feedback on how useful the NMP course has been to me, I have been scoring 100% in my clinical governance surveys since I completed the course . Also I have landed myself a new job as a PBC development pharmacist (advising GPs on rational prescribing) with North Lancs PCT’. Many thanks, D.B. (pharmacist)
‘loved the course, best I've attended’. V.T. (Advanced Practitioner)
Progression Routes +
Progression RoutesFrom foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.
Fees & Funding +
Fees & Funding
For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
£880 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply +
How to ApplyApplication for the course is made directly to the University following completion of the specific Non-Medical application form that be obtained from this website.
Our student selection process is underpinned by the National Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.
Entry and Admissions
Over 26 weeks.
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
You must have at least three years’ experience post-qualification and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe, eg. neonates, mental health. Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer.
In addition to this entrants must:
- Be registered with HPC or NMC (Level 1 RN, RM, or SCPHN) or GPhC and/or PSNI.
- Meet specific entry requirements set by their professional body.
- Be approved by Trust Prescribing Lead and Clinical Manager.
- Hold a current criminal identity check to meet specific requirements of their professional body.
- Have identified an appropriately qualified designated medical practitioner.
- Demonstrate ability to study at academic Level 6 and 7.
Be familiar with Internet usage/Microsoft word processing.
Course Outline:The Advanced Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing prepares nurses/midwives, specialist community public health nurses, pharmacists and relevant allied health professionals to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. It is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice by prescribing as Independent Prescribers and/or as Supplementary Prescribers using clinical management plans according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The generic nature of the course enables the student to apply the theory directly to his or her own practice area or speciality.
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.
Students can choose to study at either Level 6 or 7 depending on their academic qualifications and experience. The Level 6 module (NU3023) is designed for undergraduate students who may be working towards an academic degree and who have only undertaken a minimum amount of Level 6 study previously. Although, if you do have a degree you can still choose to undertake the Level 6 module.
The Level 7 module (NU4023) is designed for graduates who wish to pursue postgraduate Level 7 study. Please note that this course's academic level of study relates to knowledge, understanding and thinking skills relevant to prescribing and will be assessed mainly through portfolio writing. NU4023 students will also have these skills assessed through a viva. Level 7 students will be expected to demonstrate a greater ability to critically appraise, synthesise and evaluate prescribing knowledge and understanding.
Learning Environment & Assessment:Classroom, clinical practice, home study for directed learning/blended learning element of programme.
Four parts - numeracy and pharmacology examination, OSCE, portfolio of professional development and clinical assessment document.
Registered health care professionals including nurses, midwives, podiatrists, physiotherapists and pharmacists.
Ability to study at a least Level 6 or if wanting to study at Level 7, the student must have a first degree.
Nurses and Allied Health Professionals applying to this module should have three years' post-registration experience. Pharmacists require two years' post-registration experience.
Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
English Language Requirements
If your first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of proficiency - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Pat Killeen for further information.
Supporting information: you should include details of your current post and role and previous study at level 5 / 6.
Personal statement: please outline the reasons why you wish to undertake this module.