This programme will help to prepare nurses to undertake an active role in community 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.

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About this course

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In addition to the above hours students will be required to complete 10 full days clinical practice. Health care policy drivers in all four UK countries indicate a shift in care from a secondary to a primary care setting thus creating a requirement to ensure improved access to medicines at the point of need. Community nurses are often the first point of contact for many patients including those being cared for at home. This programme is therefore designed to enable Community nurses who do not hold a specialist practice qualification to be able to prescribe from the community practitioner formulary. The NMC Standards of educational preparation for prescribing from the Community Nurse Prescribers Formulary for nurses without a Specialist Practitioner Qualification – V150 (2009) acts as the prime driver and guide for the 2014 programme.

This module is available as a standalone module / credit bearing module.


Written assignment [60%]

Written examination [40%]


Module runs over a 12 week period in total. All students are expected to attend all classes associated with the programme and be punctual and regular in attendance (where applicable). Attendance will be monitored at the University and Employers are informed of all absences.

Entry requirements

  • Satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements
  • Be a registered nurse with the intention to practice in an area of clinical need for which prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary will improve patient/client care and service delivery.
  • Have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by your employer in the area you intend to practice to undertake the programme. This would normally be a minimum of two years.
  • Must provide evidence of either 20 credits at level 5 or evidence via accreditation of prior learning (APL) process of your ability to study at minimum academic level 6 (degree)
  • Have written confirmation from your employer of support for you to undertake the programme
  • Be assigned a named mentor who is a practising community practitioner nurse prescriber.
  • Have a current Access NI certificate valid for 1 year following commencement of the programme.

Start dates

  • 29 January 2018
How to apply


How to apply

Interested self-funded candidates should make a direct application using the University's online application system which can be accessed via the University homepage or by using the following link: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline.

Anyone who will be receiving a Commissioned place from the Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland) via their HSC Trust should contact the Practice Education Team in their Health and Social Care Trust in order to obtain a Commissioned Application Form. The HSCT will manage your application. Please DO NOT apply directly via the University online application system.

Start dates

  • 29 January 2018

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:

Fees information

Fees are correct at the time of publishing: www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/fees/2017-18/



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