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Non Medical Prescribing

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: 15/30 Weeks
  • Start Date: September 2022 and February 2023
Led by experienced staff, you will also benefit from our impressive facilities, including our simulation nursing wards at our Uxbridge Campus.  
Employers are increasingly requiring prescribing as a core requirement for their employees, therefore having this sought-after qualification to your name will open many opportunities to you. 
This programme is for suitably qualified nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals who wish to further their career by becoming a Non-Medical Prescriber. 
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Application guide

Want to enhance your skills with one of our short courses? To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use our application portal. If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.

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Fees and Funding

Covering the costs of your professional development may now be easier than you think. There are many ways you can fund your course, such as employer/NHS sponsorship. There is also the option to pay in instalments to help spread the cost. 

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Bespoke training

Our wealth of experience and expertise enables us to offer bespoke training programmes. These programmes can be taught on-site to organisations who require a specific area of care to be addressed.

Why study this subject?

By taking this course you will become a safe and confident independent prescriber. 

Upon completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate skill in monitoring, recording and responding to medicines and modify treatments or refer the patients as appropriate based on a comprehensive understanding of how medicines work. Numeracy skills relevant to prescribing practice will also be developed.  

You will also be taught to consider safe, cost effective and appropriate prescribing, taking into account ethical influences at individual, local and national levels. 

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At BNU you will learn from professionals who have a wealth of experience to pass onto you. Our Non-medical Prescribing teaching team consists of six lecturers all of whom are qualified as Independent and Supplementary Prescribers, three are nurses and three are pharmacists with plenty of clinical experience between them. 

Each student on the course is allocated a personal tutor from the team to ensure you are academically supported and this will also provide you a link with the practice environment. 

 

What facilities can I use?

The campus at Uxbridge houses fully equipped simulation suites for the development of clinical skills. Check out our facilities section for more information.  

Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location. 

What will I study? 

The programme has a hybrid learning approach. Face to face sessions focus on the consultation, history taking and pharmacological and therapeutic principals for nurse, midwives and allied health professionals and the consultation, history taking and physical examination skills for pharmacists. The directed and self-directed study days cover principles and theories relevant to the role of the non-medical prescriber, e.g. accountability and ethics, clinical governance and medicines optimisation. 

How will I be taught and assessed?

Assessment Strategy Pharmacist:  

  • Numeracy exam
  • Assessment of clinical examination skills 
  • 3-stage patient assessment 
  • Portfolio of evidence. 

Assessment Strategy Nurse, Midwife and Allied Health Professional:  

  • Numeracy exam 
  • Pharmacology exam 
  • 3-stage patient assessment 
  • Portfolio of evidence. 

Still got questions or would like more information? Check out our frequently asked questions.

Useful Information

Postgraduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing Programme Specification

Graduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Level 6 Entry Requirements

Nurses/Midwives: The applicant must be a registered nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse with at least one year's post qualifying experience. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at degree level. 60 credits at Level 5 are normally required to access the degree level programme.

Allied Health Professionals: must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in a relevant allied health profession. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at degree level. 60 credits at level 5 are normally required to access the degree level programme.

Level 7 Entry Requirements

Pharmacists: must have at least two years’ UK experience following pre-registration year. The applicant must be educated to degree level in the relevant field

Nurses/Midwives: The applicant must be a registered nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse with at least three years post qualifying experience. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at master’s level; 60 credits at Level 6 are normally required to access the Level 7 programme.

Allied Health Professionals: must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in a relevant allied health profession. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at master’s level; 60 credits at Level 6 are normally required to access the Level 7 programme.

Still got questions or would like more information?

Check out our frequently asked questions.

Modules

This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Level Seven modules

Non-Medical Prescribing NMC and HCPC registrant

Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists (Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing)

Level Six modules

Non-Medical Prescribing

What are the tuition fees

September 2022 intake:
  • September 2022: Fee for Post Graduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing: £2,800
  • September 2022: Fee for Graduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing: £2,800
February 2023 intake:
  • February 2023: Fee for Post Graduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing: £2,800
  • February 2023: Fee for Graduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing: £2,800

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

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