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Postgraduate Certificate Online

Non-Medical Prescribing

The Open University UK

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About

This qualification in Non-Medical Prescribing from The Open University UK enables you to gain the knowledge and skills required for safe, appropriate and effective prescribing practice as you become eligible to apply for the annotation to your regulator register as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber.

Overview

With this qualification in Non-Medical Prescribing from The Open University UK you’ll become equipped and ready to be responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions, together with the decision-making skills required in clinical management.  

Key features of the course

  • Successful completion entitles you to apply to your respective regulator for annotation as a non-medical prescriber.
  • Provides you with a critical understanding of the necessary clinical and practical aspects of prescribing.
  • Gives you the appropriate knowledge that underpins applied pharmacology.
  • Provides you with an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of prescribing.

Career relevance

This qualification will allow you to apply for annotation with your regulatory body as a non-medical prescriber.  It will increase your career prospects by widening opportunities for you and for the further development of services within your organisation.

Currently the independent prescribing programme is aimed at nurses and midwives, pharmacists, physiotherapists, chiropodists or podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers and paramedics. Diagnostic radiographers and dieticians will be eligible to apply for annotation as Supplementary Prescribers.

It is the intention of Government and health care organisations, including the NHS, that non-medical prescribing will make better use of the skills of health professionals and contribute to the introduction of more flexible team working.

Programme Structure

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 7 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

60 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You will need to: 

  • hold a degree from a UK university or equivalent, or, if you are a registered non-graduate practitioner, be able to demonstrate equivalent academic ability and professional experience  
  • be registered with an appropriate regulatory body and satisfy the professional regulatory requirements to enter onto a prescribing programme 
  • have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and provide a signed declaration from the Trust as evidence
  • have as a minimum the appropriate length of experience as set by the respective regulatory body. This is currently one year for the NMC, two years for the GPhC, and three years for the HCPC.   

Tuition Fee

Funding

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