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Nurse & Midwife Prescribing

This course is aimed at experienced nurses who want to enhance their employability prospects by being able to prescribe. It will equip you with the skills to incorporate safe, appropriate and cost-effective, person-centred prescribing into your practice. Taught over three modules, including a practice learning module, you will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of drug therapy, how to collaborate with others in the health care team in prescribing, supplying, administering and disposing medications and how to educate and empower patients by teaching self-management of drug therapy.

Recordable qualification with the NMC: V300 independent and supplementary prescriber.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University's general entry requirements and specific requirements for the course are detailed here with further conditions of application available on pre-course information available from the HEI

i) a pre-registration degree in Nursing or Midwifery, a post-registration degree in Nursing, Midwifery or Health Studies/Sciences or an Honours or non-Honours degree in another relevant subject area from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or(ii) An equivalent standard in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and provide evidence of the skills for evidence-based practice; and
(ii) Be entered on the NMC Professional Register as a First level Registered Nurse

or Midwife; and

Have a specialist level of knowledge in their area of practice as shown by one of:

(1) a Community Nursing qualification

(2) a Specialist Nursing qualification

(3) three years clinical experience including one year in the area in which

they will prescribe and additional education relevant to their area of practice

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 and a score of at least 7 on each of the four aspects of this test.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Students who have already taken the module Health assessment may at the discretion of the course Committee gain an exemption from that module. No exemptions can be made from the two core modules of the programme.



This is a part time course normally completed over one academic year (ie September until the end of May).

Careers or further progression

Career options

Students who do this programme are normally already employed in the specialsim of their career choice. Successful attainment of this qualification places students in a strong position with the skills and knowledge to perform at a high level of practice, thus enhancing your career potential.

Further enquiries

Admissions -
Commissioned places
Karen Devlin
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3604

Admissions – Self-funding places
Karen McCarroll
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8983

Dr Rosario Baxter
T : +44 (0)75 3326 1298

Subjects taught

Year one

Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
This level 7 module provides an opportunity for students to develop and enhance the knowledge base and practice of health assessment, in order that appropriate interventions and management can occur. Students will begin to develop their assessment skills under the guidance of a mentor during this module. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Prescribing in practice 7
This module will help to prepare nurses to undertake an active role in nurse prescribing within their specified area of practice. The legislative framework and professional and ethical principles, which underpin prescribing practice, are explored. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing
This module provides the necessary pharmacological knowledge within the context of the underpinning pathophysiology that will enable the healthcare professional to prescribe safely, appropriately, and effectively within a collaborative health care team. It will be offered through a combination of e-learning, taught components and threaded discussion with supported group work. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020
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