Module details

Module code

6NU571 (Level 6), 7NU612 (Level 7)

Module level

Level 6 and 7

Module credits

40 credits

Next course date

September and January

Duration

6 months

Location

Derby Campus, St Helena, Chesterfield

Module description

About this module

This module enables nurses to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to practice as independent prescribers, and to meet the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

This course is for practitioners who are registered as a Nurse or Midwife and in good standing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Applicants must have been registered for at least 1 year, 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 practice certificate and post-graduate practice certificates in non-medical prescribing have been developed to meet the 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 an 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 respective professional regulatory body.

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 the:

Course team

To speak with a member of the academic team please contact prescribing@derby.ac.uk 

Learning outcomes

Entry requirements

Academic Pre-requisites

To undertake the course at Undergraduate level, Nurses or midwives need to have a professional qualification.

Applicants wishing to undertake the programme at academic level 7 (postgraduate) should normally have a first degree. If applicants do not hold a first degree, they may study at Level 7 on this condition: They have successfully undertaken a minimum of one Level 7 (postgraduate) module within the past 5 years.

Professional (NMC, 2018) Requirements

Approved education institutions, together with practice learning partners must:

Practice learning partners must:

To help with the above, and for nurses who are self-employed, the “Pre-admission portfolio” is available and numeracy skills are tested by the university pre-admission using an online calculations test.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

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 fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Level 6

As a professional course, you need to apply directly to the University as well as provide evidence of meeting the specific professional requirements. The entry requirements are assessed through an additional professional form and your University application cannot be considered until we receive and review this form. Find out more about how to meet the professional requirements.

Before you begin your application make sure you have:

Your qualification details including grades and dates taken. You will have the opportunity to upload scanned copies of your qualification certificates/transcripts in the application. If you have no formal qualifications, you can also state this in your application.

A scanned copy of your passport or other official photographic ID e.g. photo driving licence. This will help us verify your application to study with us. If you do not have any photo ID, we will accept a scanned copy of your birth certificate. International applicants can only provide a copy of their passport for visa assessment purposes.

Your work experience (optional). You can upload a CV into your application or provide the company names and addresses of up to three of your employers.

A personal statement showing your interest for the course/subject. This is a mandatory requirement and you will be able to upload it into your application. You may want to include your reasons for applying for the course, your experience in the field, how you feel you would benefit from studying and relevant information about your previous studies. You could also tell us about your non-academic experiences such as hobbies, interests, participation in any clubs, societies or voluntary work.

A relevant reference for the course you have applied for. The reference should be in written format and supplied on company-headed paper, signed and dated from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher.

If you need to supply two references, this usually means you need to provide one academic reference from any recent study and one employer reference.

LBR applications

Self-funded applications

Apply directly to the University

Level 7

As a professional course, you need to apply directly to the University as well as provide evidence of meeting the specific professional requirements. The entry requirements are assessed through an additional professional form and your University application cannot be considered until we receive and review this form. Find out more about how to meet the professional requirements.

Before you begin your application to the university make sure you have:

Your qualification details including grades and dates taken. You will have the opportunity to upload scanned copies of your qualification certificates/transcripts in the application. If you have no formal qualifications, you can also state this in your application.

A scanned copy of your passport or other official photographic ID e.g. photo driving licence. This will help us verify your application to study with us. If you do not have any photo ID, we will accept a scanned copy of your birth certificate. International applicants can only provide a copy of their passport for visa assessment purposes.

Your work experience (optional). You can upload a CV into your application or provide the company names and addresses of up to three of your employers.

A personal statement showing your interest for the course/subject. This is a mandatory requirement and you will be able to upload it into your application. You may want to include your reasons for applying for the course, your experience in the field, how you feel you would benefit from studying and relevant information about your previous studies. You could also tell us about your non-academic experiences such as hobbies, interests, participation in any clubs, societies or voluntary work.

A relevant reference for the course you have applied for. The reference should be in written format and supplied on company-headed paper, signed and dated from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher.

If you need to supply two references, this usually means you need to provide one academic reference from any recent study and one employer reference.

LBR applications

Self-funded applications

Apply directly to the University

Contact us

 
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Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) lbr@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591992

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Additional information about your studies

Minimum numbers

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