Teaching and assessment
You choose which therapeutic area you would like to prescribe in, in line with your practice - and you undertake appropriate professional development to demonstrate competency within this area of practice.
Students are taught in small cohorts and learning sets, which facilitate an informal teaching approach, in which discussion and debate amongst the group is encouraged. Our virtual learning environment provides a point of resource and communication between students and academics.
Course content focuses on understanding the psychology of prescribing, law, ethics, budgetary considerations, clinical reasoning, taking a patient partnership approach to healthcare management, communication and consultation skills, underpinned by self-directed and facilitated learning of therapeutics relevant to students individual area of practice.
Practice-based assessment includes: a portfolio and reflective log of clinical experience, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) assessment, and a written assessment.
Students are encouraged to become reflective, self-aware practitioners. Our teaching and assessment methods help students understand their own competency to assist with future professional development as non-medical prescribers.
The course is delivered over a period of 8 taught days, and competencies in the chosen clinical area are covered by 90 hours in clinical practice under the guidance of their designated medical practitioner.
The course is delivered over 6 months, however, for students with sufficient time and resources, the opportunity exists to undertake all learning and submit all summative work within 4 months.
The five credit conversion course requires attendance at 21 hours of workshops and seminars on campus, and a minimum of 15 hours in clinical practice under the guidance of their designated medical practitioner.