Faculty of Health Sciences

Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing

Continuing Professional Development Individual module

Level of study

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What you'll study

This module will enable suitably qualified registered nurses who meet the standards laid down by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) to undertake the community practitioner nurse prescribing course. Successful completion of this programme will enable them to prescribe for the patients they currently work with and prescribe from Nurse Prescribers Formulary for Community Practitioners.

There are two entry routes for this module:

  • BSc Community Nursing leading to Specialist Practitioner Qualification. This module (V100) is compulsory for district nursing students, but may be taken as an optional module for the other branches.
  • Qualified nurses without a Specialist Practitioner qualification (V150) may undertake the module as long as they meet the predetermined entry requirements. Agreement must be made in conjunction with the employer and university using the relevant paperwork. Entry requirements related to this are attached.

Starts in: Duration:
January 12 weeks (1 semester)

Applications to study this course will be accepted from January.

This module is delivered on Tuesdays on campus.

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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from ‘bite-size’ taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

This course is available for UK residents only.

All entrants to this module must meet the following requirements as stipulated by the NMC:

  • Current nurse registration on the NMC Professional Register as a registered nurse
  • You intend to practice in an area of clinical need for which prescribing from the community practitioner formulary will improve patient/client care and service delivery.
  • You must have practiced for a sufficient period (minimum two years) to be deemed competent by your employer in the area you intend to practice in.
  • The student must hold appropriate qualifications/ability to study at level 6 (degree level) (will be verified by application form and University)
  • Notification of successful completion of the prescribing qualification will be undertaken by the University
  • The registrant must record their qualification with the NMC within 12 months of qualification.
  • The registrant must receive confirmation from the NMC that their qualification has been recorded on the NMC register prior to prescribing as a community practitioner nurse prescriber.

V150 candidates only

You will need the following written confirmation from your employer:

  • That there is employer support for the student to undertake the programme
  • That there is clinical need within their role to justify prescribing
  • Agreement to provide support to undertake the programme (Specific trust/employer nomination and completion of pre course criteria)
  • That they have been assessed as competent to take a thorough history, undertake a clinical assessment, diagnose in area of speciality.
  • They should be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge to apply principles of prescribing to own area and field of practice.
  • They must be able to demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills

In accordance with the NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment (SSSA 2018), all prescribing students require a nominated Practice Assessor and Named Practice Supervisor to support them throughout the module.

Fees and funding

Level 6
£1,540 (per 20 credit module)

Level 7
Home: £1,285 (per 20 credit module)

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