Advanced Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Online/Chelmsford, Online/Cambridge, Online/Peterborough

6 months

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits


Prepare to prescribe medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF) in your area of competence. With our Non-Medical Prescribing course, you’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as both an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Full description

Who should attend?

You'll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, and this course may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice.

Please read the entry requirements in the section below very carefully.


Important note about applications for this module:
Applications for September 2022 opened 9 May 2022
Applications for January 2023 will open on 12 September 2022
Applications for May 2023 will open on 9 January 2023

September 2022 - blended delivery with campus sessions held in Chelmsford, Cambridge, Peterborough – teaching days Tuesdays.

Face to face on campus:
27 September 2022
11, 18 October 2022
1, 15, 29 November 2022
6, 13 December 2022
10, 24 January 2023
7, 21 February 2023
7, 21 March 2023
18 April 2023

4, 25 October 2022
8, 22 November 2022
17, 31 January 2023
14, 28 February 2023
14, 28 March 2023
25 April 2023

January 2023 - blended delivery with campus sessions held in Chelmsford, Cambridge, Peterborough – teaching days Thursdays

Teaching dates released 12 September 2022

May 2023 - blended delivery with campus sessions held in Chelmsford, Cambridge, Peterborough – teaching days Tuesdays

Teaching dates released 9th January 2023

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2021/22


30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2022/23


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Peter Dalrymple

CPD Admissions

Entry requirements

For entry to this course, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Registered for 12 months with the NMC (nurses/midwives).
  • Registered with the HCPC (allied health professionals - with appropriate experience; paramedics must be working in an advanced practice, non-ambulance setting and must take this module at level 7.
  • Registered for 24 months with the GPhC (pharmacists). Additionally, pharmacist applicants must have at least 24 months experience in the specialist role in which they will prescribe and must take this module at level 7.
  • Have the appropriate background knowledge of anatomy and physiology (this is an intensive module which assumes a basic knowledge of these subjects; equivalent to Year 3 nursing student degree).
  • Have completed an Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills, or similar 30-credit module, at level 6 or 7 (if you are already working at this advanced level and do not have a qualification you will need to provide evidence supported by a statement from your trust's educational lead).

Your employer will need to provide supportive evidence that you have:

  • at least one year's experience working in a role with an identified clinical need for prescribing (two years years for pharmacists
  • the appropriate knowledge and experience in the area in which you intend to prescribe
  • protected time for the 72 hours (90 hours for pharmacists) of clinical practice
  • protected time for the 25 days (26 days for pharmacists) of academic study time
  • the appropriate clinical supervision, clinical governance and indemnity insurance to cover your future prescribing practice
  • a current Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.

Self-funding applicants

We will consider self-funding applicants but you must be working for an organisation that will support you in this role. Your employer will still need to provide all the information above. If you are currently working in a role that will not allow you to prescribe, you cannot apply for this module.

Self-employed and aesthetic practitioner applicants

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept self-employed applicants* or those who work exclusively in aesthetic practice.

*We will consider applications from pharmacists with their own pharmacy who work in partnership with a general practice. You will need to provide evidence of appropriate GPhC/CQC governance.

All applicants must complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) as part of the admission process, to provide evidence that they meet all of the above criteria.

Please ensure that all elements are completed or your application may be rejected.

Your Trust educational lead must approve your application.

For additional information, please contact Dr Mike Cumberbatch:

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