Professional Course

Practice Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing for Podiatrists

Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 7

Module credits

40 credits

Next course date

September or January


6 months


Derby Campus, St Helena, Chesterfield

Module description

About this module

This module enables Podiatrists 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 podiatrist 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 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 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)

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Learning outcomes

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

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 form and your University application cannot be considered until we receive and review this professional form. The professional pre-admission form and further information can be found on our University of Derby Online (UDoL) pre-admission course "Prescribing Preparation".

Find out more about how to meet the professional requirements.

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