Institution / Queens University Belfast

Nursing - Non-Medical Prescribing

The aim of this programme is to prepare safe and effective practitioners, who are competent to prescribe within a legal and ethical context. This programme provides students with high-quality teaching that is informed by current research and scholarship.

Students are mentored by a designated medical practitioner for the duration of the programme.

Why Queen's?
The Undergraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Certificate in Non Medical Prescribing programme can both be completed in one year as a part-time course of study. This is a Nursing and Midwifery Council validated programme and recordable qualification.

For more information and for details on how to apply to this programme, please refer to the School website. Successful completion of this programme leads to a recordable qualification on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.2 Honours degree in Nursing, Midwifery or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. Candidates who hold a recognised qualification, approved by the University as being a suitable alternative to a primary degree, may be considered for entry onto the programme. Please refer to Special Features section for additional information.
Note: application is made directly through the School.

Additional Information For International Students
N/A (available for registered Nurses working within the UK only).


* The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing programme can be completed in one year as a part-time course of study.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Nurses who prescribe are highly skilled in their profession. They must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient assessment and diagnostic skills in the specialist area they will prescribe in. As such, a variety of career pathways are open to Nurse Prescribers within both primary and secondary care settings.

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Further enquiries

Marie Glackin
Programme Coordinator
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Tel: +44 (0)28 44 (0)28 9097 5743

Subjects taught

Programme Content
The Postgraduate Certificate comprises three compulsory modules.

All students must undertake two modules:
1. Pharmacotherapeutics for Prescribing
2. Prescribing in Practice

• Students who have not completed a Health Assessment module previously must also take Health Assessment (NMP7002).

• Students may claim an exemption from the Health Assessment module, in which case they will be awarded a professional qualification only and not an academic award.

• Students are also required to complete a clinical competency workbook.


Did you know?
With approximately 3,500 students, the School has one of the most extensive portfolios of programmes of any nursing and midwifery school in the UK or Ireland.

Assessment method

In addition to examinations and written assignments, students are also required to complete a clinical competency workbook.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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