Course details

Course code

MB9BC / 7NU579

Course level

Level 7

Course credits

40 credits

Start date

September or January

Course length

6 months


St Helena, Chesterfield, Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

This module enables Paramedics to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to practice as independent prescribers, and to meet the standards set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

This course is for practitioners who are registered as a paramedic and in good standing with the Health Care Professions Council. Applicants must be working at an advanced practice level with appropriate  post-registration patient-orientated experience, in a relevant practice setting and an identified area in which to develop independent prescribing practice.

Prescribing by a range of professionals has developed over a number of years, enabling improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of health care provision. The post-graduate practice certificates in non-medical prescribing have been developed to meet growing demand for prescribing courses nationally and locally. The course is one core 40 credit module studied over two semesters that enables practitioners to work autonomously when making clinical decisions for the people in their care, with awareness of personal limitations within their expanding scope of professional competence. This inter-professional programme enables learners to develop their knowledge and skills to become qualified Non-Medical Prescribers (NMP) (also known as Independent / Supplementary prescribers) as recognised by their professional regulatory body.

Structure, certificates and assessment

How you are assessed

Practical: Requires the completion of an OSCE for prescribing

Exam 1: requires the successful completion of calculations test (100% pass mark) and an examination in pharmacology and its application to practice (80% pass mark)

Course Work: requires the presentation of an evidence-based poster detailing specific drugs, and the submission of an essay

Additionally: practice sign-off (verifying 12 days/90 hours of clinical practice)

On completion, you will be awarded:

Course team

Learning outcomes

Entry requirements

In order to gain entry onto the Education Programme, applicants must meet each of the criteria listed:

Experience in the relevant field of practice

Provide the student with opportunities to develop competences in prescribing
Supervise, support and assess the student during their clinical placement


Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)

If this is an LBR (Learning Beyond Registration) course, and you are eligible for LBR funding, the cost is funded by HEEM (Health Education East Midlands).

If you are funding your own study, the full cost of this module is £1,600.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

How to apply

Please ensure you read this document through as part of your application:

Please ensure these documents are completed as part of your application:

LBR applications

Self-funded applications

Apply directly to the University

In addition to the online system, please complete the "Pre-admission Portfolio" to provide evidence of meeting the professional requirements. You must also access the pre-admission website and enrol on the Prescribing@UoD course to undertake the calculations test.

Contact us

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) +44 (0)1332 591992

Additional information about your studies

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.