Module details

Module code

6NU530 (Level 6), 7NU526 (Level 7)

Module level

Level 6 and 7

Module credits

40 credits

Start date

September and January

Course length

6 months


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

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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

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

Level 6 & 7

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.

LBR applications

Self-funded applications

Apply directly to the University

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.