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Non Medical Prescribing CPD4904


Non-Medical Prescribing provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for Nurses, Midwives and eligible Allied Health Professionals to expand their roles to meet the needs of their patients and service to improve access to appropriate medication.

This level 7 module is designed to provide the practitioner with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and appropriately within their area of practice and current non-medical prescribing legislation.

Successful completion of the module enables the practitioner to annotate their professional registration with a prescribing qualification.

Module code:CPD4904
Level: 7
Module credits:40
Cost for new students:£2000 for 2024/25 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your fee will have been advised to you by email. You can also check your fees online. For any queries, please contact

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Who is this module for?

The module is designed to meet the needs of Nurses, and eligible* Allied Health Professionals and their employers.

Before commencing the module, Nurses are required to have a minimum of 1-year post-registration clinical experience, and to be capable of safe and effective practice at a level of proficiency appropriate to the module and intended area of prescribing practice in the following areas:

  • Clinical/health assessment
  • Diagnostics/care management
  • Planning and evaluation of care

*Before commencing the module, HCPC registrants require a minimum of 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the intended area of prescribing practice working at advanced practitioner or equivalent level, and the eligibility to prescribe.

‘Edge Hill University is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council to prepare chiropodists/podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers, paramedics and physiotherapists as independent prescribers, and to prepare diagnostic radiographers and dieticians as supplementary prescribers.’

What are the key aims of the module?

  • Provide opportunities for the practitioner to enhance existing knowledge and skills relating to non-medical prescribing
  • Enable the practitioner to appraise the relevant sources of information advice and support available and apply them to make appropriate decisions in prescribing practice
  • Examine from a critical perspective issues of professional accountability and responsibility as they relate to non-medical prescribing and work appropriately within this framework
  • Utilise reflective and analytical skills to improve and develop prescribing practice.

How will I study?

This module normally requires attendance at 26 sessions, one full day session per week for 26 weeks, in addition to 12 days of practice placement learning. This will involve a combination classroom-based and of both synchronous and asynchronous online learning.

What will I study?

The principles of prescribing, national guidelines/directions, assessment and consultation in safe and appropriate prescribing, pharmacology including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, patient adherence and drug responses, professional accountability, record keeping, independent and supplementary prescribing, legal, policy and ethical aspects of prescribing, risk assessment and risk management, reflective practice.

How will I be assessed?

To obtain 40 credits at level 7 and record a prescribing qualification with your professional regulator (NMC or HCPC), you must submit a portfolio of evidence and pass both the theoretical and practical assessment components of the module. Regardless of previous learning or experience, in line with professional regulatory body requirements and University RP(E)L regulations, you must undertake all assessments.

Assessment includes:

  • 90 minute unseen multiple choice & short answer examination – including calculations
  • 4000 word prescribing based patient case study practice assessment: successful completion of the competencies contained in ‘A Competency Framework for all Prescribers’ (RPS 2016)
  • Assessed by way of continuous and collaborative approach involving the practitioner and their Practice Assessor (NMC registrants)/Practice Educator (HCPC registrants).
  • An online PebblePad practice portfolio – this will be submitted as evidence of the development of prescribing practice, including achievement of practice competencies learning outcomes and completion of hours of learning.

Study dates and venues

February 2024

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Tuesday 6 February 2024

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September 2024

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Wednesday 4 September 2024

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February 2025

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Tuesday 4 February 2025

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How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

Application for this module is a two-stage process, you should:
1. Complete a non-medical prescribing application form. Please ensure that the form is fully completed before submission. Failure to do so will result in your application form being returned to you for completion and a delay in your application.
2. Complete the University online module application form and attach the completed non-medical prescribing application form in the document upload section of this online form.

Important information: In addition please access the non-medical prescribing application pack as this will give you additional information about the module but do not complete the application form included in this link as it is not the current version and will not be accepted.  

For more details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

For details on how to apply for funding for this module, please visit the Fees and finance page.

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This module can be studied on a standalone basis.

It is an optional module for the following programmes: