Advanced Practice (Non-Medical Prescribing) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)
n/a (Full-time) / 4 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
To offer knowledge and expertise for nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, radiographers and podiatrists to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.
The Advanced Practice programme offers both generic and specialist pathways, providing students with the opportunity to explore their specialist areas of practice and obtain a relevant named degree within the Advanced Practice programme.
The information provided below relates to the specialist Non-Medical Prescribing pathway.It can either be undertaken as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate, or as part of the MSc Advanced Practice Non-Medical Prescribing.
- The Cardiff Non-Medical Prescribing programme is designed to prepare nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and podiatrists to practise as Independent/Supplementary Prescribers as above and to meet the relevant standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB), and the Health Professions Council (HCPC).
- The programme develops the critical analysis and personal reflection skills of course participants and prepares them for lifelong professional development.
The programme is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to practise as Independent Prescribers and allied health professionals to practice as Supplementary Prescribers, meeting standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health Professions Council (HCPC). The programme develops the students' critical analysis and personal reflection skills, preparing them for lifelong professional development.
The programme is divided into modules that are credit-rated. Each taught module offers 30 credits and students may exit after 60 credits with a PgCert or 120 credits with the award of PgDip. Alternatively, students can choose an optional dissertation module to move to Masters level.
PgCert in Non-Medical Prescribing: Students may study the two compulsory pathway modules (see below for module listings), thus completing 60 credits of the taught programme. These students will be awarded a PgCert in Non-Medical Prescribing. Additional information about applying for the PgCert programme can be found here.
PgDip in Non-Medical Prescribing: Students must complete four modules in the taught component of the PgDip programme; three of these are compulsory modules for the pathway and the remaining module is the student's choice (see below for full module listings).
MSc in Advanced Practice (Non-Medical Prescribing): Students must complete five modules in the taught component of the MSc programme; three of these are compulsory modules for the pathway, one is the student’s choice and the last is a dissertation module (see below for full module listings).
On the Non-Medical Prescribing Pathway, students undertake the following compulsory modules:
- Approaches, Designs and Methods for Research and Health Improvement (NRT178)
- Non-Medical Prescribing 1 (NRT082)
- Non-Medical Prescribing 2 (NRT083)
Additionally, students choose one of the following optional modules:
- Adult Chest & Abdomen Image Appreciation (HCT104)
- Adult Chest & Abdomen Reporting (HCT108)
- Appendicular Image Reporting (HCT106)
- Axial Image Reporting (HCT107)
- Exercise and Physical Activity in Healthcare: Facilitating, Promoting and Communicating Interventions (HCT246)
- Foundation in Advanced Clinical Assessment for Healthcare Professionals (HCT181)
- Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (NRT176)
- Advancing Assessment and Decision Making (NRT153)
- Analysing and Interpreting Advanced Practice (NRT174)
- Appendicular Image Appreciation (HCT102)
- Assessment and Evaluation (HCT130)
- Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injuries (HCT022)
- Axial Image Appreciation (HCT103)
- Cardio-Respiratory Physiology & Pathophysiology (HCT145)
- Clinical Competence in Mammography (HCT053)
- Clinical Kinaesiology and Tissue Pathology (HCT226)
- Clinical Photography Theory and Practice (HCT211)
- Collaborative Working in Eating Disorders (NRT140)
- Complexities of Care Management (NRT149)
- Education in Practice - Personal and Professional Development of Self and Others (HCT251)
- Ethics in Health and Social Care (HCT132)
- Evidencing Learning in Specialist Professional Practice (HCT199)
- Facilitating Learning and Teaching (HCT120)
- Global Public Health (NRT058)
- Health & Safety and Radiation Protection (HCT147)
- Health Policy and Economics (NRT177)
- Image Guided Interventional Procedures of the Breast - Mammography (HCT254)
- Introduction to Image Appreciation and Evaluation (HCT101)
- Managing Care in Anaesthetic Practice Development (HCT094)
- Managing Care in Day Surgery Practice Development (HCT097)
- Musculoskeletal Diagnosis & Treatment (HCT139)
- Neurorehabilitation - A Theoretical Basis (HCT142)
- Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Theory and Application (HCT236)
- Patient Safety and Clinical Risk (NRT073)
- Practice Teacher (NRT175)
- Rehabilitation - Advanced Clinical Practice (HCT331)
- Research Methods & Critical Inquiry (HCT109)
- Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care (HCT118)
- Science of Performance and Injury in Sport (HCT021)
- Sport and Exercise Participation (HCT023)
- The Science of Human Movement and Dysfunction (HCT340)
- Transforming Care, Systems and Services through Leadership (NRT150)
If a student wishes to undertake a module outside this list, this may be possible in agreement with the pathway manager and their line manager.
Choose one module from the following:
- Dissertation Module: Empirical Research (HCT117)
- Dissertation Module: Work-Based Project (NRT079)
- Dissertation Module: Systematic Review of the Literature (NRT080)
We are aiming to offer an Independent Prescribing course for Physiotherapists and Podiatrists on gaining HCPC approval.
The course is suitable for registered nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals who wish to be trained as independent/supplementary prescribers. Applicants should usually have a good first degree and a minimum of 2-3 years clinical experience (dependent on profession), and evidence of further study.
Students wishing to enrol on the programme will need to:
- Be currently registered with the NMC, RPSGB or HCPC
- Have at least 2 years appropriate patient orientated experience as a qualified pharmacist, OR have at least 3 years appropriate patient orientated experience as a qualified nurse, midwife or allied health professional
- Identify a potential Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner clinical area in which to develop your skills
- Have practised in your proposed field of prescribing for at least 1 year (nurses/midwives/allied health professionals) immediately preceding your application
- Demonstrate how you reflect on your own performance and take responsibility for your own CPD
- Demonstrate how you will develop your own networks for support, including prescribers from other professions
- satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS no more than 3 years before the proposed date of entry (if English or Welsh is not your first language)
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Application Deadlines: we welcome and encourage early applications. We normally prefer applications at least two months before the start of term. To apply for this programme please complete the online application for postgraduate study and also complete the
Supporting application form. This form provides information about support from your line manager and Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner and
Provides information regarding eligibility to undertake the programme (in line with professional standards). It is an NMC/HCPC and University requirement that students undertaking the programme have a DBS of less than three months old. Once all application forms have been reviewed and a conditional offer made,
potential students will be sent the appropriate form to apply for a DBS screen. Applicants need to complete all necessary forms by the end of June 2015, including a supporting application which is compulsory.
+44 (0)29 2068 7802
The start date for this programme will be 22 September 2015
Certificate - 60 credits
Certificate - 60 credits
Next intake: September each year
Application Deadlines: we welcome and encourage early applications. We normally prefer applications at least two months before the start of term.
To apply for this programme please complete the online application for postgraduate study and also complete the Supporting application form. This form provides information about support from your line manager and Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner and Provides information regarding eligibility to undertake the programme (in line with professional standards).
It is an NMC/HCPC and University requirement that students undertaking the programme have a DBS of less than three months old. Once all application forms have been reviewed and a conditional offer made, potential students will be sent the appropriate form to apply for a DBS screen. Applicants need to complete all necessary forms by the end of June 2015, including a supporting application which is compulsory.
Name: Mr Anthony Pritchard
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7802