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Independent/Supplementary Prescribing BSc

De Montfort University
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Independent/Supplementary Prescribing BSc

Program description

Independent/Supplementary Prescribing BSc

This programme is designed to prepare students to work as an independent/supplementary prescriber.

This programme is designed to prepare nurses (Level 1) and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as well as physiotherapists /podiatrists/paramedics or therapeutic radiographers registered with the Health Care professions Council (HCPC) to register as Independent/Supplementary Prescriber on completion of the programme.

The programme has been validated by the NMC and prepares students to prescribe from the BNF within their competency and professional bodies’ authorisation.

The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and academics to address the academic and clinical demands of the role of a prescriber.

The programme is designed to have a 50:50 split between theory and practice. You will be taught general principles in class, but will need to relate these to your own practice area with the support of your practice supervisor and practice assessor. You must complete 12 days (84 hours) in a supernumerary capacity observing a variety of prescribing decisions. The student will be allocated time for these practice days but is responsible for organising suitable experiences to enhance their knowledge.

This course is available for UK/EU students

Admission requirements

Candidates should:

  • Be a nurse (level 1) or midwife registered with the NMC or a physiotherapist/podiatrist/ paramedic/ therapeutic radiographer/ dietician or diagnostic radiographer registered with the HCPC
  • Possess 120 credits at level 5 (or equivalent)
  • Have been on the relevant professional register for a minimum of one year
  • Be competent in: patient assessment, diagnostics, planning and evaluation of care
  • Have the support of a suitably qualified practice supervisor and practice assessor
  • If English is not the applicant’s first language they must complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The applicant must provide an IELTS certificate to confirm a minimum score of 7.0, in reading, listening and speaking as well as a level 6.5 in writing
  • Have the support of a prescriber willing to take on the role of continuing professional development facilitator on qualification
  • Have, if applicable, managerial and non-medical prescribing lead support (for self-employed candidates this is not required but a professional reference is required instead.)
  • Complete a placement audit for their practice area
  • Complete a good health good character form
  • Have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check within 3 years of start of the Programme
  • Be interviewed by the prescribing team/practice staff

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

In order to achieve the professional qualification of Independent/Supplementary (V300) Prescriber students must pass 2 modules:

  • Applied Prescribing
  • Pharmacology for Prescribers.

Applied Prescribing Module

This is a 30 credit module taught over 2 semesters.

It is assessment by the completion of:

  • Practice portfolio (pass/fail)
  • Two reflections of 1,500 words each (pass mark 40%)

The practice portfolio is assessed by the practice assessor in conjunction with the practice supervisor and academic assessor and is designed to ensure that you meet the competencies contained within “A competency Framework for all prescribers” (Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 2016)

Pharmacology for Prescribers Module

This is a 15 credit module and is assessed by:

  • 30 minute numeracy exam (pass mark 100%)
  • 2 hour pharmacology exam (pass mark 80%)
  • 2000 word assignment (pass mark 40%)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Please check the website for more information about tuition fees

Continuing studies

On successful completion the student will be awarded 45 credits at level 6 in addition to the professional qualification. Alternatively, this programme can be studied as a postgraduate (level 7).

From a professional development perspective you may wish to undertake this programme as part of an honours route and will need to discuss this at interview to ensure you enrol on the Health and Professional Practice BSc (Hons) where these 60 credits can be used.

Career opportunities

Graduate Careers

This recordable qualification for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will be a valuable asset in your professional toolkit. It is designed to prepare advanced and specialist practitioners with the critical thinking skills to practice as safe and effective prescribers to enhance the patient journey and contribute effectively to the prescribing team.

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De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...

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Why study at De Montfort University

  • Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
  • TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
  • Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
  • 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

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De Montfort University

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LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom

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