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Non-Medical Prescribing Module

Code NSA 3900
NSA 4900
Start date       January 2024
Duration 19 days
Attendance Part-time blended learning
Fees See Fees and funding tab
Course leader Harry Oliver       

The post graduate certificate in prescribing practice, and the graduate certificate in prescribing practice lead to the qualification of non-medical prescriber (V300) below. NSA3901/4902 lead to the qualification of Community Practitioner Nurse / Midwife Prescribing (V150).


Develop the skills and evidence-based knowledge to undertake safe, appropriate and cost-effective independent and supplementary prescribing roles in our course designed for nurses, midwives and SPHN where there is a clinical need.

Taught by experienced practitioners and lecturers, this course will build on your existing knowledge base and physical assessment skills to further enhance autonomous practice.

The aim of this course is to successfully develop nurses who are safe non-medical prescribers who are competent to assess, manage and prescribe in their area of clinical expertise, working in conjunction with their patients, and multidisciplinary team to give holistic care. Expertise and awareness of limitations are key to accountability and safe prescribing. It is our role to provide the support, knowledge and development of professionalism which will achieve these nurses.

Armed with these contemporary insights and valuable skills you will not only enhance your practice and career prospects for the future but obtain 45 credits at Level 6 or 7 to put towards a BSc degree, BSc Midwifery (Top Up), MSc Midwifery Studies, MSc Nursing Studies , or MSc Mental Health Studies if you wish.

This course has been accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Interviews for entry to the module will take place online, on Monday 27 November & Tuesday 28 November 2023.

Teaching dates

The module will run from 9.00am to 4.00pm (unless otherwise stated below) and will be taught 50% online and 50% face to face on Hendon Campus.

  • Tuesday 10 January 2024 (induction)
  • Tuesday 23 January 2024
  • Wednesday 24 January 2024
  • Tuesday 30 January 2024
  • Wednesday 31 January 2024
  • Tuesday 6 February 2024
  • Wednesday 7 February 2024
  • Tuesday 13 February 2024
  • Tuesday 20 February 2024
  • Wednesday 21 February 2024
  • Tuesday 27 February 2024
  • Wednesday 28 February 2024
  • Tuesday 5 March 2024
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024
  • Wednesday 13 March 2024
  • Wednesday 20 March 2024
  • Wednesday 27 March 2024
  • Exam Tues/Wed 23 or 24 April 2024
  • Wednesday 8 May 2024
  • Resit exam: Tuesday 11 June 2024
  • Wednesday 12 June 2024
  • Submission date: Wednesday 23 June 2024
  • Assessment board: July 2024

Course content

The focus of the syllabus will address pharmacological principles including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and the principles of prescribing with specialist groups, the elderly, children, pregnancy, liver and renal disease. 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 safe prescribing and the reduction of risks, and the reasons for errors. Consultation skills and the causes of adverse incidents, yellow card reporting, social prescribing and clinical governance, along with how to utilise the British National Formulary and other online resources to ensure knowledge and prescribing safe. The importance of professionalism, accountability, supervision and professional development during and on completion of the course will be addressed.

On successful completion of this module you should be able to safely prescribe under Royal Pharmaceutical Society: A competency framework for all prescribers (2021):

  • Able to assess of patients in specialist area of competency, investigating and interpreting the appropriate treatment and management, reviewing adherence and seeking guidance when needed
  • Displays knowledge of non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches to modifying disease and promoting public health using evidence-based practice. Understands the pharmacokinetics of medicines and how these can be altered by age, genetics, pregnancy, renal and liver impairment
  • Works effectively in partnership with patients respecting their values and beliefs about health, understanding reasons for adherence and non-adherence
  • Demonstrates prescribing expertise and pharmacological knowledge using relevant frameworks such as formularies, care pathways and protocols and guidelines in prescribing practice. Accurately calculates relevant prescribing and dosing of medications
  • Shows understanding of the psychological impact patient’s conditions in their area of expertise. How to inform, support and manage these conditions in partnership with patients
  • Monitor and review patient’s treatment, awareness of adverse drug reactions and reporting mechanisms, adapting management in response to changing medical conditions and patients’ preferences
  • Demonstrates prescribing governance, highlighting the importance of safe prescribing, near misses, errors and critical incidents
  • Demonstrates professional prescribing, accountability and responsibility through critically analysing legal and ethical implications to prescribing practice
  • Analyses and reflects on own and others prescribing practice and acts upon feedback, utilising available tools to improve prescribing. Using appropriate mechanisms acts upon unsafe prescribing practice
  • Works effectively as a senior member of the clinical team establishing relationships, negotiating support and supervision; acting as support and role model for other prescribers.


You will be assessed through both an exam and an assignment, and clinical assessment. The final written examination comprises of twenty short answer and MCQ questions.

Entry requirements

  • You must be a registered nurse with a minimum of one year post-registration experience (part time equivalent)
  • You must provide evidence of ability to study at Level 6 with a good command of written and spoken English
  • You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of numeracy skills
  • You must hold a current DBS (within the last three years at the end of the course)
  • You must have completed the physical assessment course or be doing this as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Prescribing or Graduate Certificate in Prescribing
  • Your prescribing lead confirms that you have expertise in your clinical area
  • You will be competent in clinical history-taking, undertaking clinical assessments and diagnosing in your area of practice
  • There must be a clinical need to prescribe within the current role.

How to apply

To apply for this module, please download and complete the Entry Criteria Form then complete the Nursing CPD application form. The Entry Criteria form requires you to get signatures from your lead prescriber, your manager and supervisor. Please ensure to upload your completed Entry Criteria form when submitting the completed application form.

Note, both forms must be submitted together for your application to be considered. If you do not send an entry criteria, your application will not be processed without it.

Applications should be submitted before the end of September, for shortlisting for interview. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a 20-minute online interview via Zoom. You will be interviewed by a member of the teaching team and a service user. Applicants who are a successful at interview will be offered a place for the January intake.

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2022/23 academic year unless otherwise stated.

£63 per credit
£2,835 for 45 credits

*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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