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At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.


The Advanced Certificate Non Medical Prescribing prepares nurses/ midwives, pharmacists and relevant allied health professionals to practice within current non medical prescribing legislation. It is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice by prescribing as Independent Prescribers from the British National Formulary (BNF) and/or as Supplementary Prescribers using clinical management plans according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The generic nature of the course enables the student to apply the theory directly to his or her own practice area or speciality.

On successful completion of the course and subsequent registration with the appropriate regulatory body:
-Nurses and midwives will receive the V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing entry to the NMC register.
-Pharmacists will receive a ‘Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing’ which can be used to have their entry in the Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists annotated (GPhC).
-Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapists) will receive a statement of competence to practice as an Independent and Supplementary prescriber from the HCPC.

All successful candidates will receive an Advanced Certificate Non Medical Prescribing.

This course is offered as a double module and attracts 40 credits at level 6 (NU3023) or 40 credits at level 7 (NU4023). Students may only undertake one of these modules. The course is delivered twice a year, commencing September (normally Thursdays) and January (normally Wednesdays). This course is offered as a combination of taught study days within the university and via directed study using the university’s resources, a Non Medical Prescribing Web Resource and the university’s on-line Learning Environment (Blackboard). It can be taken as a free-standing module or as part of undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.


The course is designed for experienced practitioners and the use of student centred teaching and learning strategies is central to the course design. The sessions are delivered by a very experienced multiprofessional team via a range of approaches including: lectures, group discussions, case studies, seminars, tutorials, on-line Blackboard materials and an interactive elearning Web Resource. In addition, the opportunity afforded by shared multiprofessional learning will enhance your educational experience.

Student support from module supervisors will be ongoing throughout the programme, which includes direct contact and via email and telephone.

Assessment of the course is in four parts, all of which must be passed in order to successfully complete the course. These are the production of a 4000 word portfolio of professional development in prescribing practice, written examination, Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and achievement of competence in practice. Students who undertake the level 7 module (NU4023) will also have a viva voce with the OSCE.


We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.


At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Visit the Non-Medical Prescribing - Advanced Certificate page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!





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