Non-Medical Prescribing CPD Award

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What is special about this course?

The aim of this course* is to prepare nurses, midwives, paramedics and allied health professionals (physiotherapists, chiropodists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers) to gain the qualification of Independent and Supplementary Prescriber and for diagnostic radiographers and dieticians as Supplementary Prescribers.

Successful completion of the course will allow practitioners to prescribe safely and competently within the context of their professional role and related legislation.

*subject to re-validation 

Special features

  • Course delivery using the University’s virtual learning environment
  • Opportunity for inter-professional learning
  • Registration with professional regulatory body as a prescriber 
  • Forms part of the advanced practice route

Entry requirements

  • You must have valid registration on your professional register, maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • A minimum of three years' post-registration experience relevant to the practice in which you will be prescribing is also required. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to practice prescribing
  • You must also provide written confirmation prior to programme commencement, from a designated medical practitioner (DMP), of an agreement to provide opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing during the required term of supervised practice. A DMP is a practitioner who meets the eligibility criteria described by the National Prescribing Centre
  • You must provide evidence of your current PVG clearance in order to undertake this course
  • You will be required to provide evidence of your ability to study at degree level (minimum SCQF level 9)
  • All applicants must have employer confirmation of support prior to applying for the programme

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How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As the taught elements of this course were designed to be delivered online and the course has run successfully before in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to this part of the course this year. You will study online through a combination of seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus attendance for study days will be planned in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning, accessing materials via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) and attending face-to-face study days at one of our campuses. Some of the learning will be delivered using webinar based learning that can be accessed remotely
  • There is a requirement to undertake a minimum of 78 hours supervised practice-based learning within your own organisation/place of work

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 20 week programme

Where can I study my course?

  • Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Inverness - and Stornoway - for administrative purposes, all applications will be processed through Inverness

Students wishing to study the CPD Non-Medical Prescribing as part of the MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Professional Practice should click here to apply via the course page.

Start date

  • August
  • January - this course is now full for January 2021 starts and applications are now closed. Please apply for September 2021 or January 2022


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

CPD award (40 credit module) £1,300 £1,300

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

CPD award (40 credit module) £1,960 £1,960

This course is not available for international students, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK, requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:


CPD award (40 credit module) £1,120 £1,120



External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress into further study on one of our postgraduate courses:

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