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Non-Medical Prescribing BSc

Designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to undertake a part-time programme at undergraduate level to prepare them to become a non-medical prescriber. 


The government is changing the way in which students beginning nursing, midwifery and speech and language therapy courses are funded.

For all students attending university from September 2017 onwards NHS bursaries will no longer be available. Instead, you will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs. Please be aware courses commencing in the March 2016/17 academic period will still be eligible for the 2016 funding package unless stated otherwise.

Despite these changes the process for getting on to your chosen course, the standards of teaching and the reasons you have for choosing a career in the health sector all remain the same.

For current details, please visit and the Council of Deans of Health website. Or for more information about the financial support available at DMU, visit our fees and funding webpage.

Completion of this Programme will allow nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to prescribe in an independent and/or supplementary manner.

Pharmacists wishing to undertake the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme, please follow the link to PHAR 557

The leading principle within the Non-Medical Prescribing (BSc) programme is to prepare students to deliver high quality care by equipping them to:

  • Prescribe safely and effectively
  • Use resources to their optimum effect for service users
  • Improve well-being and reduce inequalities
  • Provide evidence-based effective care
  • Engage in policy making and actively participate in the multi-disciplinary prescribing team 

For further information contact

Hilary Field
Senior Lecturer
T: 0116 201 3892

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B70042

Duration: Attendance is one day per week over two semesters. The Autumn cohort attends on a Thursday and the Spring cohort on a Tuesday.

There is a programme induction day at the beginning of the programme.

Fees and funding: Those working in the NHS may be eligible for funding from the Education Commission Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

Learning Beyond Registration funding

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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Key facts for international students

Not available to international students

Entry criteria

You must:

  • Be registered with the appropriate professional statutory regulatory body for over three years
  • Be working in the field in which you wish to prescribe for at least 1 year.
  • Have evidence of successful level 6 study in the last five years
  • Have an in date Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure certificate. For nurses and midwives DBS certificate must be within two years of programme commencement date. For allied health professionals DBS certificate must be no older than 3 months on commencement of the programme
  • Have successfully completed a module that includes diagnostic, examination and consultation skills or equivalent e.g. NMAH 3314 or SPEC 5604
  • You must be able to demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills.

FAQ Non Medical Prescribing

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Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



On enrolment on the Non-Medical Prescribing programme you will study four modules to achieve a total of 60 level six undergraduate academic credits (BSc) and professional recordable prescribing award (V300).

You only need to apply for the Programme not the individual modules

The Modules you will study are:

  • Pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers (30 credits) 
    will prepare students to understand and apply the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics directly related to prescribing practice. Practitioners will have the opportunity to critically analyse evidence based practice including risk assessment and management relating to their own area of practice. Outline content includes: pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; adverse drug reactions; numeracy; safe principles of prescribing; anatomy and physiology across the life span. Assessment comprises a three hour pharmacology exam; a one hour numeracy exam
    This runs over two semesters for 30 credits and will run in semesters one and two for the autumn cohort and two and X for the spring cohort.

  • Professional, legal and ethical issues for prescribers (15 credits) 
    focuses on critically evaluating the evidence in relation to the legal, ethical and professional issues implicit in non-medical prescribing decision making and consultations. Outline content includes: legislation and policies related to prescribing; accountability and responsibility for assessment, diagnosis and prescribing independently and within the multi-disciplinary team; patient safety in supervising, managing and evaluating prescribing decisions; prescribing effectively within a finite prescribing budget. Assessment comprises a 3,000 word essay.
    This runs over one semester for 15 credits and will run in semester one for the autumn cohort and semester two for the spring cohort.

  • Applied prescribing in the clinical context (15 credits) 
    aims to critically evaluate the skills required for a comprehensive consultation for safe effective prescribing. In addition it is designed to enable critical reflection on prescribing decision making. Outline content includes: appraisal of self and others regarding consultation skills in achieving medicines adherence; external pressures impacting on prescribing; different management options used to treat patients. Assessment comprises a 3,000 word case study.
    This runs over one semester for 15 credits and will run in semester two for the autumn cohort and semester X for the spring cohort.

  • Practice Portfolio for nurses and midwives/allied health professionals 
    (0 credits)

    prepares students to prescribe from the British National Formulary as both independent and supplementary prescribers for nurses and midwives or as a supplementary prescriber for allied health professionals. Outline content includes: application of theory to practice; rationale for prescribing decisions; numeracy skills, writing prescriptions; prescribing in a range of scenarios. All practice experiences and practice outcomes for the whole course are based within this module and are submitted within the practice portfolio.
    This runs over two semesters for zero credits and will run in semesters one and two for autumn cohort and two and X for the spring cohort.

If you are studying the Non-Medical prescribing programme you will automatically be enrolled on these 4 modules.

The teaching and learning approaches in the programme are designed to draw on the students’ current experiences and encourage the application of newly acquired knowledge to practice through shared learning. 

This includes promoting a high standard of assessment and clinical decision making for safe prescribing by relating research / evidence based theory to practice. 

There is an enquiry-based focus to the curriculum, but other student-centred activities include case studies, scenarios, small group work, action learning sets, workshops, pod casts, reflection, student presentations, supervised consultations with service users in practice and clinically focused tutorials. 

It is through the variety of student-centred activities that all students will develop the skills to critically analyse evidence and apply knowledge to clinical practice. The ability of the student to be able to critically evaluate the evidence base for prescribing practice is a core theme that runs across the programme.

To recognise the importance of the partnership approach between the University and our practice partners to prescribing education, the Personal Tutor, Module Tutors, and Designated Medical Practitioners (DMP) will work together to provide support and guidance for the student while on placement and both will be involved in the monitoring of the students’ progress, the acquisition of skills and the integration of knowledge into practice. 

The use of Technology Enhanced Learning and information technology skills will be taught and developed throughout the programme to enable students’ to access information to maximise their learning and enable them to succeed within the modern workplace. 

This will include making maximum use of the Virtual Learning Environment. An essential part of the teaching and learning associated with the programme will take place in practice settings under the guidance of a DMP and facilitated by their personal tutor. 

Students will also be supported by a designated qualified nurse prescriber / lead midwife for education or supplementary prescriber within allied health who will take up the role of preceptor at the end of the programme. This will provide a platform of transition into prescribing practice with the support of an experienced mentor, forged upon a partnership developed during the programme.

Our academic team comprises a wide range of nurse prescribers from a variety of practice backgrounds this is further strengthened by our pharmacy lecturers form our school of pharmacy, some of whom are also prescribers. 

This provides a wealth of experience and knowledge to support a stimulating and challenging learning experience. We also access visiting speakers for certain specialist expertise from practice settings.

Facilities and features

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Investment of £12m in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th Century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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How to apply

Initially contact your education and prescribing lead as they will need to involved in approving your application and interviewing with the University. 

Download the generic application form and combined enrolment form and then appendix that relates to Non-Medical Prescribing. 

Once all sections are completed then contact the programme leader to arrange an interview and bring the application form to this interview.

Application forms and guidance notes

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Graduate Careers

This recordable qualification for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will be a valuable asset in your professional toolkit. It is designed to prepare advanced and specialist practitioners with the critical thinking skills to practice as safe and effective prescribers to enhance the patient journey and contribute effectively to the prescribing team. 

From a professional development perspective you may wish to undertake this programme as part of an honours route and will need to discuss this at interview to ensure you enrol on the Health and Professional Practice BSc (Hons) where these 60 credits can be used.



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