Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals CPD Award

Course code 90B2

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 1 year post registration experience is required

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
  • Written conformation of a second experienced prescriber to act as your Clinical Assessor for the duration of the module
  • Evidence of your current PVG clearance in order to undertake this course
  • 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
  • Applications for September are now closed
  • The application deadline for January 2025 starts is 15th November 2024
  • Applications for September 2025 will open in September 2024

CPD Award

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning, accessing materials via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). 8 days of live seminars are delivered online and can be accessed remotely
  • There is a requirement to undertake a minimum of 90 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 Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals as part of the MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Professional Practice should click here to apply via the course page.

Start date

  • August
  • January


For all students normally domiciled in the UK, and assessed as such for fee status, the following fees apply:

This includes:

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (40 credit module) £1,500 £1,500

This course is not available for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK and cannot be studied outside of the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.


  2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (40 credit module) £2,020 £2,020



UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

Can I progress into further study?

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

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