This interdisciplinary module/course, is delivered in 26 days over one academic year, using blended learning, will enable nurses and other health professionals to prescribe safely and effectively. It is designed for all non-medical health professions permitted by law to prescribe.

Students to be able to apply to record the prescribing short course/module (independent and/or supplementary prescribing) with their professional body as:
Postgraduate Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (V300) for Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Members.

The focus of the course is on pharmacology and the knowledge base which underpins prescribing medicines, and also on prescribing in practice.

Core course content for nurses Prescribing theory

  • Prescribing practice
  • Pharmacology

Other course content:

  • Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral
  • Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing
  • Prescribing in a team context
  • Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance
  • Legal, policy and ethical aspects
  • Professional accountability and responsibility
  • Prescribing in the public health context

The course is also offered as an undergraduate award (level 6).

Learning outcomes:

  1. Discuss critically the clinical significance of drug prescribing and the mechanisms of the drug actions (pharmacodynamics), and the possible interaction of these drugs with other body systems to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
  2. Apply effective and comprehensive examination and assessment of patients across the life span for conditions of different systems of the body, and maintain an appropriate and comprehensive recording system.
  3. Investigate thoroughly patients’ conditions and prescribe suitable medications and treatment schedules in light of their likely responses, monitoring critically the therapeutic action, side effects, and any adverse effects.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment prescribed and the clinical significance of potentially serious drug interactions, taking account of the evidence-based practice and national/local guidelines.
  5. Ensure critical monitoring of responses to drugs prescribed for different conditions, and apply knowledge of drug actions and interactions in order to modify treatment or refer the patient, as appropriate.
  6. Evaluate and challenge practice within a framework of professional and legal accountability for independent and/or supplementary prescribing within the health professions.
  7. Reflect on and appraise current prescribing models in NHS settings, and on influences on prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels, in order to promote safe management of clients.
  8. Examine critically current laws and legislation related to independent and supplementary prescribing, and ensure effective implementation.
  9. Develop and maintain an effective relationship and communication with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team involved in the prescribing, supplying and administration of medicines.
  10. Critically discuss practical and ethical issues in prescribing for vulnerable groups e.g. children, adolescents, the elderly and people with mental health problems.

Each pathway will have additional specific learning outcomes.

Who is the module for? Level 1 registered nurses with 3 years post qualification experience of which the last year has been working in the field in which the nurse intends to prescribe.

Module code:

  • Prescribing for nurses (independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses – V300): AP7022Z
  • Prescribing for AHPs (independent and supplementary prescribing): HP7038Z

Entry criteria:

  • Ability to calculate medication dosages accurately
  • Registration with the appropriate professional body e.g. NMC (1st level), HPC or RPSGB
  • Two years’ experience (HCPC) or three years experience (NMC)
  • The year immediately preceding application to the module must have been in the clinical field in which the participant intends to prescribe
  • Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer, equivalent to professional bodies requirements above
  • Registrants with NMC or HPC require evidence of physical assessment and history taking skills
  • Evidence of ability to study at minimum academic level sevenIn addition, written confirmation will be needed from:
  • The employer/Trust showing their support for the participant to undertake the module
  • Agreement from the Trust Prescribing Lead for the participant to undertake the module or PCT as appropriate
  • A designated medical practitioner (DMP) or who meets eligibility criteria for medical supervision and who has agreed to provide the required term of supervised practice
  • Prescribing for AHPs (independent and supplementary prescribing): Please contact Ahmed Younis, Course Leader (details below)
  • 26 study days require 100% attendance (NMC/HCPC requirement)
  • Please note the course is a whole academic year to meet the course objectives and submission
  • No other academic modules are supported while undertaking the prescribing module
  • The applicant must be in an appropriate clinical practitioner role

Number of credits and level of study: 60 credits at level 7. The course is also offered as an undergraduate award (level 6) .


Examination, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)  and portfolio

Please note that any action that has the potential to harm a client is deemed an automatic fail.

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 26 teaching days

Module dates:*
Please note: completed applications must be received 3 weeks before the first teaching date of the course. Any application received after this date will be put forward for the next module run.

  • 28 September, 5, 12, 19, 26 October, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November, 7, 14, 21 December 2017, 4, 11, 18, 25 January, 1, 8, 15, 22 February, 1, 8, 15, 21 (OSCE) March, 5 April 2018
  • 26 January, 2, 9, 16, 23 February, 2, 9, 16, 22, 29 March, 6, 13, 20, 26, 27 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June, 6 (OSCE), 20 July 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £2700

Module leaders:

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc