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Advancing Non-medical Prescribing

University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development:

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants (you must check this with admissions before applying).
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Course information

Part-time

  • 18 weeks

More part-time details

  • 40 credits, master's level
  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1020
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information

Independent prescribing is becoming a widely integrated feature of health service delivery, with nurses qualified to prescribe in nearly all Trusts in England. Advancing roles within both nursing and allied health professions has provided a greater access to medicines. This award provides nurses and allied health professionals (physiotherapists, radiographers, and podiatrists) with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and effectively. You must work within your own area of competence and as such be in a position to complete the care cycle in a holistic manner for clients within your care.

The professional award is delivered over 18 weeks, including a one week initial block, and weekly attendance; there is a final week block. You share your learning with students undertaking the award at undergraduate level. You spend 12 negotiated days in supervised practice with a prescribing medical practitioner between weeks 2 and 17. In order to facilitate the integration of theory and practice these practice days should span the entirety of the award.

Before submitting your application please read the additional information in the Guide for Advancing Non-medical Prescribing application process.

This is a multi-professional, specialist award that prepares eligible nurses, midwives, specialist community public health nurses, physiotherapists and chiropodists/podiatrists to prescribe as independent/supplementary prescribers (V300). This is within the professional standards stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)/Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Learning is facilitated by the teaching team which includes nurses, pharmacists, and medical practitioners and provides many opportunities for shared learning.

Teesside University campus

How you learn

You learn through interactive lectures, seminars, guided study and discussion groups, and experiential learning. Collaborative working groups enable you to consider a whole systems approach to influencing and setting direction in the delivery of improvements in prescribing practice. The virtual learning environment is used to support your learning.

Assessment consists of a portfolio of evidence, an objectively structured clinical examination, written examination and evidence of having passed a period of practice experience. This practice period is spent with a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who provides supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence in practice. This DMP will be your nominated practice mentor and is responsible for assessment of practice.

Career opportunities

Professional recorded qualification to the NMC independent/supplementary prescribing (nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses).

Professional annotation to the HCPC independent/supplementary prescribing (physiotherapists and podiatrists).

Professional annotation to the HCPC supplementary prescribing (radiographers).

Entry requirements

The following entry requirements must be in place before you consider your application and you must fully complete your application with evidence of how you meet these requirements.

Therefore you must:

  • be an NMC registered first level nurse, midwife, and/or specialist community public health nurse and have at least three years post registration experience. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding you must have been working in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe. If you work part-time you must have practiced for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by your employer
  • or
  • be registered with the HCPC in one of the relevant allied health professions and normally have at least three years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which you will be prescribing and be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level.


You must also:

  • be professionally practicing in a role where there is an identified need to prescribe
  • have a satisfactory up-to-date disclosure and barring service check undertaken within the last three years. This must be enhanced for working with children and/or adults and must be current for the duration of the time you are studying the module
  • demonstrate the ability to study at academic Level 7 normally evidenced by successful relevant previous study within three years upon commencement of the programme.
  • successfully complete a clinical skills module or have written evidence of assessment within practice.

  • have an identified designated medical practitioner (DMP) who meets specific requirements to mentor and who provides supervision, support, and opportunities to develop competence in practice
  • have a DMP who is experienced and competent in prescribing for children if you will be prescribing for children
  • have the support of your manager who will certify your suitability
  • have the support of your organisational non-medical prescribing lead
  • successfully pass a 20-question drug calculations entry test with a mark of 80% or above.



Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

Applicants are required to complete a maths entry test. Please note which entry test you would like to attend on your application form:

  • Wednesday 4 October, 10.00am - 12.00pm (M3.02, Middlesbrough Tower)
  • Monday 6 November, 10.00am - 12.00pm (W0.12, Waterhouse)
  • Thursday 14 December, 10.00am - 12.00pm (T1.07, The Curve)
  • Monday 8 January, 10.00am - 12.00pm (T1.03, The Curve).



Please note – you must declare if you have previously studied a prescribing programme at another higher education institution on your application.

Course information

Part-time

  • 18 weeks

More part-time details

  • 40 credits, master's level
  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1020
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information