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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Northern Health & Social Care Trust
  • South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust
  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Western Health and Social Care Trust
  • GP Practice

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Any Nursing Role that merits Non-Medical Prescribing

Overview

This exciting course in Non-Medical Prescribing is for experienced nurses giving them the opportunity to achieve professional and academic awards.

Summary

Study Non Medical Prescribing at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This innovative programme equips nurses with the knowledge to add prescribing to their suite of skills. It permits nurses the opportunities to pursue challenging study in the subject areas of ethics, law and all aspects of pharmacotherapeutics as they apply to Non-Medical Prescribing. Nurses will be able to develop their skills of health assessment to help them to provide holisitc care across a range of conditions, in accordance with NMC Standards of Prescribing. This will both advance practice and promote patient safety and quality of care. Nurses working in a range of professional teams will find the appeal of becoming a V300 prescriber, an essential component of promoting professional acccountability and patient empowerment.

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About this course

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About

This course consists of three modules of study to gain the professional and academic awards. You will study Pharmacotherapeutics, the study of all aspects of drugs, how they work and interact and the physiological basis to prescribing. You will also explore the legal and ethical basis of sound prescribing practice, within the professional and statutory frameworks. You will also become proficient in physical and mental health assessment. You will compile a professional workbook to demonstrate the acquistion of prescribing competencies, and spend time in clinical practice refining and developing prescribing and health assessment skills. You will be mentored by an expereinced doctor and gain experience with other non medical prescribers during the course of the programme.

Attendance

This course is delivered part-time.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Health Assessment

Year: 1

This level 6 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

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

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 blended combination of e-learning, taught components and threaded discussion with supported group work. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and a synoptic examination.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

A levels are not a requirement for entry to this course.

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.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). The initial offer standard may vary from year to year. See prospectus entry. Specific requirements for the course are detailed below:

Applicants must:

(a) have gained 120 credit points at level 5 during study for an award in the subject area of Health Sciences from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard;

and

  • be entered on the NMC Professional Register as a First level Registered Nurse or Midwife;
  • 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.

Teaching and learning assessment

The programme aims to deliver a structured curriculum of teaching, learning and assessment, enabling students to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding .The learning experience encourages students to become active and motivated learners, who can seek information, question and analyse its validity and draw appropriate and logical conclusions.

Teaching, learning and assessment in the School are based on the belief that knowledge and information gained in the theoretical modules needs to be contextualised within practice. Ultimately, students are encouraged to build upon this to make connections between theoretical content and practice experiences thus facilitating an ability to suggest possible developments or enhancements in practice that in turn would lead to knowledge generation opportunities. This serves to help students understand the intimate link between theory and practice.

Teaching, learning and assessment take a variety of forms across the suite of modules as specified throughout this document. The strategies used are based on andragogical principles of adult learning such as self-direction and a capacity to draw upon experience. Teaching and learning in the programme has been informed by the Faculty Teaching & Learning Strategy that is an application of the University Teaching & Learning Strategy that may be accessed at: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/academicoffice/T&LStrategy.html

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme provided that they shall register as students of Ulster University for modules amounting to at least the final 50% of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Northern Health & Social Care Trust
  • South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust
  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Western Health and Social Care Trust
  • GP Practice

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Any Nursing Role that merits Non-Medical Prescribing

Career options

This course offers experienced nurses the unique opportunity to include prescribing as part of their employability skills. Whilst individual nurses have already usually considerable expertise within their scope of professional practice, this course creates many career opportunities which makes the V300 qualified nurse a very appealing employee across a range of nursing specialisms, Nurses working in general acute and chronic care, in specialist teams and services, from neonatal care through mental and sexual health, diabetes, cardiac care (and many other walks of nursing life), have benefitted fronm doing this programme. Ultimately this programme offers the public a safe effective path through treatment that incorporates non-medical prescribing and a satisfying career for professional nurses who desire to also advance their career prospects.

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a non-medical prescriber (V300)

Apply

This is a fully commissioned course.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR NON-MEDICAL PRESCRIBING PROGRAMME

INTRODUCTION

The arrangements that must be in place before applicants commence the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme are laid down by NMC and are, by the nature of prescribing, complex. The university teams endeavour to work with Trusts as far as possible to ensure that maximum potential in populating the programme is achieved, and this works normally to great effect and with a spirit of ‘being in it together’.

The application process is as follows:

QUB and Ulster alternate the initial phase of taking application forms on annual basis. This is why the FIRST LETTERHEAD going out will have one or other institutions name on it.

The two Course Directors (Ulster and QUB) meet and using educational criteria divide up the application forms depending upon the candidate’s area of work, and experience (for link lecturer support purposes). This phase should be completed by the end of July, but this period usually extends until September, as for good reasons, applications rarely meet institutional deadlines.

From this point onwards students are processed through their receiving institution and any further correspondence is between the Course Directors or administrative support teams in QUB or Ulster.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Contact

Course Director: Dr Rosario Baxter

E: RCS.Baxter@ulster.ac.uk

M: 07533261298

Ulster University Faculty of Life and Health Sciences Senior Administrator

Mrs Karen Devlin

E:LK.devlin@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

'A great course, very challenging but well worth while doing for my current role and future career prospects '

'Tremendous support from the teaching team, a brilliant experience'