The Open University in Northern Ireland

Non-Medical Prescribing (K33)

Distance Learning
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Rank: 200 (TCUG)

Location: Distance Learning


Study mode distance learning

Degree: Certificate

Start Date: 2021/02/01

Duration: 12 months

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This qualification 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. 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.


Entry 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. You will also need to complete an application form. If you are a nurse or midwife registered with the NMC, pharmacist registered with the GPhC, or an allied health professional registered with the HCPC, the application form and further guidance can obtained by contacting the faculty at [email protected]

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IELTS: 6.5 (minimum score of 5.5 in each)

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for The Open University in Northern Ireland.

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