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Community Practitioner Nurse or Midwifery Prescribing Module

Learn about the course below
NSA 3901/4902
January 2020
11 days of on-campus study plus
10 days supervised learning in practice
- see overview for course timetable
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Course leader
Alison Harris

This module’s aim is to successfully develop nurses and midwives who are safe community practitioner prescribers, and who are competent to assess, manage and prescribe in their area of clinical expertise. You will be working in conjunction with your patients and a multidisciplinary team to give holistic care.

Expertise and awareness of limitations are key to accountability and safe prescribing, and it is our aim to provide the support, knowledge and development of professionalism which is essential to the successful completion of the module.

What will you study on the Community Practitioner Nurse or Midwifery Prescribing Module?

The focus of the syllabus will address pharmacological principles including:

  • pharmacokinetics and the principles of prescribing with special groups;
  • the elderly;
  • children;
  • pregnancy;
  • liver and renal impairment.

Students will be encouraged to relate theory to practice, so that they fully understand pharmacological principles. The principles of ethical, legal and pharmaceutical influences will be discussed, along with the principles of safe prescribing and the reduction of risks, and the reasons for errors. You will work alongside a practice assessor while focusing on practice-based prescribing.

NMC register

This module will lead to the V150 NMC register recordable qualification


Students can study this module at level 6 or 7. The module can be accredited to BSc, MSc or other post-registration programme

Teaching and learning

A range of strategies will be used to encourage personal development and reflection and discussion through seminars and small group teaching. Teaching will be through blended learning which will utilise online resources and online lectures, and face-to-face lectures and discussion groups involving critical incident analysis.

The teaching and acquisition of clinical skills will take place in the practice setting as well as in the classroom. Students will demonstrate pharmacological knowledge in their speciality through presentations of prescribing in specialist groups such as children and older people.

The community practitioner prescribing students will be taught alongside the independent and supplementary prescribing students but will also have some separate seminars and workshops that reflects their specific needs as they move towards a community nurse prescribing qualification.

Module teaching dates


Induction: 15 January 2020


21, 22, 28, 29 January 2020

09.00 – 16.00

4, 5, 11 February 2020

09.00 – 16.00

12, 18, 25 February 2020

09.00 – 12.00

26 February 2020


3 March 2020

09.00 – 12.00

4 March 2020


Either 28 or 29 April 2020: Final pharmacology exam

9.00 – 12.00


  1. Final written examination that consists of twenty short answer and multiple-choice questions to test pharmacological knowledge and its application to practice.
  2. Five numeracy questions.
  3. A 2,500 word case study of a patient you have recently made a prescribing decision for, alongside your practice assessor. To include a written prescription.
  4. Successful completion of Practice Assessment Document following 10 days (65 hours) of supervised clinical practice.
  1. Qualifications
  2. How to apply

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £60
45 credits: £2,700

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

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