Non Medical Prescribing

The University of Chester offers an undergraduate and post graduate level Non-Medical Prescribing course which employs a flexible blended learning approach that is appealing to many students and recognises the demands on study time of the busy healthcare professional of today.

The design and structure of our course provides this flexibility of study in order to help you tailor your package of learning in the area of Non-Medical Prescribing to suit your individual needs. Key aspects within our blended learning approach are the University’s excellent library and IT facilities. As a student at the University of Chester you will be able to access a wide range of web based innovative learning materials provided in an electronic format that can be used by you at places and times that easily fit around your other commitments to help enable you to maintain a healthy work and lifestyle balance.

This Non-Medical Prescribing course at the University of Chester meets the many rigorous professional and academic standards of the supporting regulatory bodies (the Nursing and Midwifery Council, The General Pharmaceutical Council and the Health Professions Council)  and the Department of Health, and prepares the suitably qualified healthcare professional for an extended and enhanced role, which will improve service to patients and give greater job satisfaction through the ability to give holistic patient centred care.


Programme Structure 

This 40-credit programme, accessed over a 6 month period and consists of two 20-credit modules (NM6500 and NM6501 at Level 6 and NM7045 and NM7046 at Level 7) covering the following range of topic areas

  • Consultation, assessment, decision making and therapy (including referral).
  • Influence on and psychology of prescribing.
  • Prescribing in a team.
  • Clinical pharmacology, applied therapeutics and the effects of co-morbidity.
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to prescribing.
  • Legal policy and ethical aspects.
  • Professional accountability and responsibility (including awareness of own limitations).
  • Prescribing in a public health context.

Both of the modules employ shared learning where nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals come together in the classroom sessions providing a truly interprofessional learning environment which our students find of great benefit.

Both of the modules must be taken contemporaneously and both must be successfully completed in order for you to register with your regulatory or professional body as an annotated Non-Medical



The programme assessment involves the following aspects

  • A structured portfolio of learning addressing all course learning outcomes.
  • A pharmacology and drug calculation examination
  • An evaluation of competence in practice with a designated medical practitioner
  • An OSCE which is carried out in the University.



Our Non-Medical Prescribing students come to us from their own diverse areas of clinical practice and many continue to work in these areas but offering the enhanced patient care that prescribing brings. This valuable extension to the healthcare professional role is supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, The General Pharmaceutical Council and the Health & Care Professions Council.


Entry Requirements

All entrants to the programme must be nominated onto the programme and meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPHC) or the Health & Care Professions Council
  • Be professionally practicing in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use supplementary and/or independent prescribing
  • Be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor, including confirmation that the entrant will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe from an approved designated medical supervisor, including supervision, support and assessment
  • Have at least three years' relevant post-qualification experience (for nurses the year preceding application must be in the area in which they intend to prescribe)
  • Possess an ability to study at a minimum of academic Level 6 (undergraduate degree)
  • Have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice
  • Have an ability to reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own continuing professional development
  • Have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) of less than 3 years old when the course commences


For an application pack please contact:

Health and Social Care Admissions
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ
Tel: 01244 51100