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Non-Medical Prescribing Programme

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    6 months part time
    6 months part time

  • Starting:

    September, March

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This is a professional qualification and can be undertaken as a stand-alone module or as part of a package of modules which together can build to an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice or MSc Advancing Practice.

NUR3015P Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (NISP) (NMC V300) Programme
NURM114 Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (NISP) (NMC V300) Programme
NURM045 Supplementary and Independent Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals

For information about the application process, email:

If you would like further information about the module please contact: Julie Holloway (NMC registered applicants) or Krishna Gohil.

Updated 02/02/2021


  • Highly popular and sought after part-time module.
  • Take as part of full MSc or as a standalone module.
  • NMC registrants can apply at Level 6 (BSc) or Level 7 (Masters), Level 7 only for HCPC registrants.
  • Eligible to prescribe independently from the British National Formulary on successful completion.

Course Content

  • This module will enable Nurses, Midwives and AHPs to demonstrate safe prescribing practice within their own specialty. On successful completion, successful students will gain academic accreditation and advanced skills required to prescribe safely in line with current professional regulations and thus, will be eligible to record the qualification of Independent and Supplementary Prescriber with the NMC or HCPC. Furthermore, you can also either use this qualification as a stand-alone double module or continue your studies by using the 40 credit points towards a Masters qualification at The University of Northampton.

    1) The Nonmedical Prescriber qualification enables practitioners, working within their professional scope of practice, to legally prescribe licensed and unlicensed medications within the British National Formulary (BNF). This is in line with current legislation, employment policy and professional standards.

    2) The Supplementary Prescribing component of the course enables qualified practitioners to prescribe in partnership with an Independent Prescriber and the patient in accordance with a formal clinical management plan that is patient specific.

    Teaching approaches are varied and include lectures, tutorials, group work, enquiry based learning and blogging, reflection, case presentation, experiential learning and interactive lectures from University lecturers, clinicians and practicing non-medical prescribers.

    If you are a Nurse, please contact the programme leader, Julie Holloway, for further information.

    Or please contact the Module Leader, Krishna Gohil , for further information.

  • You will need to have been registered with the HCPC or NMC for at least three years and have at least one year of experience working in the area of practice that you want to independently prescribe within, in order to be eligible for this course. You will also need to have the ability to study at level 6 or 7, and, as such, you must provide evidence of recent academic study within your application for the course. If you haven’t been in formal education for some time you may be asked to undertake a pre-enrolment assignment to provide evidence of being able to study at your chosen level. Other forms of acquired previous learning may also be beneficial to your application.

    The support of a Designated Medical Practitioner and your manager or prescribing lead will be sought before a place on the course can be confirmed. It is a requirement that a recent DBS check (within last two years) must have been undertaken before prospective students can be accepted onto the course.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Part Time: £1,660 (40 credits)
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Part Time: £1,650 (40 credits)
    • Part Time: £825 per 20 credit module

    Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Society on 01604 892342.

    Funding for these modules may be available from NHS East Midlands, subject to meeting the required criteria through Learning Beyond Registration. For further information please contact:

    Eligibility criteria please visit the NHS website.

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