Nurse Prescriber
  • Advanced Certificate
  • Entry Date: September 2019
  • Application Period (for September 2019 intake): February 1, 2019 - June 15, 2019

This program is designed to assist current practicing Registered Nurses to obtain knowledge and competencies necessary to incorporate prescriptive authority safely, competently and ethically into their professional nursing practice as required by their regulating body.

The program encompasses one core course, the choice of one specialty course and a clinical practicum. The program will be offered on a part-time basis through distance delivery. Students must complete all program requirements within 2-years. The streams currently available to specialize in are: Travel Health or Reproductive Health/STBBI.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be active practicing members of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM).

To apply, applicants must complete and submit an application form and the non-refundable/non-transferable application fee. 

Applicants must also complete and/or demonstrate the following:

1. Related clinical experience

  • Submit a completed Verification of Clinical Practice form confirming clinical practice hours (a minimum of two years or equivalent (3600 hours) full-time clinical practice within the past 5-years is required) due within 30-days of applying

2. Current and Completed Immunizations and Testing

  • Review the RRC Immunization/Testing Information
  • Submit proof of up-to-date and completed immunization via the Student Immunization Admission (SIA) Form
  • Due within 30 days of applying
  • Some immunizations and tests may take up to seven months to complete
  • We strongly advise you complete the following steps before applying to this program to ensure your application is not cancelled due to incomplete immunizations:
      • Complete your immunizations
      • Have your health care provider complete and sign the SIA form
      • Visit RRC's Health Services Centre with your completed SIA Form. A Health Services staff member will confirm whether your immunizations are up-to-date and complete or if you have outstanding immunization requirements. They will also provide estimated timelines for completing outstanding immunization requirements
      • Submission of the SIA form does not guarantee your immunizations are up-to-date and complete. RRC's Health Services will review your submitted SIA form to determine if you meet this requirement

3. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form

4. Pre-requisites

  • All applicants must have received credit for a Pharmacology (3 credits) and a Health Assessment (3 credits) course with a minimum grade of 70% achieved as part of their nursing education program completed in the past five years. For the 2018/2019 academic year, the nursing program must have been completed on or after January 1, 2014.
  • For those applicants who have not completed the above noted course requirements within the timeframe provided, please either: 
    • Enroll in NURS-2011 Pharmacology for Nurses and NURS-2012 Health Assessment/Prescriber offered by the Red River College School of Continuing Education

Program Outline

The program requires completion of one core course, one specialty stream and a clinical practicum.

A minimum course grade of a B (70%) is a requirement for progression in the Nurse Prescriber program. Students must complete all program requirements within 2-years.

Program Content:

First Course of Study:

  • NURS-1100 Essentials of RN Prescribing Practice - D

Specialty (select one):

  • NURS-2100 Travel Health - D
  • NURS-2200 Reproductive Health/STBBI - D

Final Course:

  • PRAC-2300 Consolidated Clinical Practicum - C

C - Classroom Delivery/On site
D - Distance Delivery

Program Content
PRAC-2300 Consolidated Clinical Practicum 160
NURS-1100 Essentials of RN Prescribing Practice 40
NURS-2200 Reproductive Health/STBBI 40
NURS-2100 Travel Health 40
NURS-2012 Health Assessment/Prescriber 40
NURS-2011 Pharmacology for Nurses 50
Course Descriptions
PRAC-2300 Consolidated Clinical Practicum
The Nurse Prescriber Consolidated Practicum is the capstone experience intended to facilitate your transition into practice as a prescriber in a supportive environment. During this time, you will learn how to synthesize knowledge and skills gained from previous course work and apply it to a specific client population. This course will provide you with an opportunity to apply the legal, ethical, pharmacological, and prescribing principles necessary for safe, collaborative and effective RN prescribing practice in an area of clinical specialty mentored and supervised by an authorized prescriber. During the practicum experience, you will apply the nursing process and the elements required in diagnostic decision making when writing and documenting prescriptions; including assessment, preparation, client education, monitoring, follow-up, inter-professional communication and collaboration. You will demonstrate critical thinking required for clinical decision making and diagnostic reasoning within a designated clinical setting.

Your authorized prescriber will serve as a preceptor, role model, teacher, and advisor as you become a competent, safe and confident nurse prescriber.
NURS-2100 or NURS-2200
NURS-1100 Essentials of RN Prescribing Practice
Develop the foundational knowledge related to legal, ethical, professional and pharmacological principles and practices necessary for safe and effective RN prescribing practice. Principles of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be reviewed. You will integrate these principles into the processes necessary for making and implementing prescribing decisions for individuals representing special populations. The course concludes with a review of the mandatory elements required in the preparation, transmission and documentation of prescriptions, including client teaching, follow up care and inter-professional communication and collaboration. You will draw on and apply knowledge of content and professional practice in completing critical thinking/clinical judgment case studies.
NURS-2012 Health Assessment/Prescriber  
This course will provide you with foundational knowledge related to physical and psychosocial assessment of persons across the lifespan. This course will also examine cultural, social and gender factors that influence wellness and access to health care. The emphasis is on completion of a physical examination that includes a health history and comprehensive assessment techniques. The laboratory component provides the opportunity to practice these skills in order to explore normal and abnormal findings.
NURS-2011 Pharmacology for Nurses  
This course introduces the basic concepts and principles related to pharmacology (including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics) and the nurse‚Äôs role in the safe administration of drug therapies. The major classifications of drugs, encompassing best practice guidelines and medications commonly used in Canada will be reviewed. Content focuses on drug indications, contraindications, side effects, adverse effects and interactions. Safe drug administration procedures and patient teaching are emphasized through the nursing process framework. Issues arising from the use of drug therapy in contemporary society are also explored.
NURS-2200 Reproductive Health/STBBI
Apply the foundational knowledge obtained in the prerequisite course Essentials of RN Prescribing Practice (NURS-1100), as it relates to prescribing practices specific to STBBI and reproductive health. You will build on knowledge related to the pathogenesis of disease, concepts of immunology, safe assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of specific conditions. You will also be able to provide preventative practice measures and ongoing monitoring of clients. Further exploration of governing laws, regulations, and guidelines specific to STBBI and reproductive health, including the provision of care and the management of Combined Hormonal Contraception (CHC) and Progestin-only Hormonal Contraception (POC) will be discussed. Foundational and introductory knowledge are applied to the components of the nursing process and medical reasoning. You will draw on and apply knowledge of content and professional practice in completing critical thinking/clinical judgment case studies and tests.
NURS-2100 Travel Health
Apply the foundational knowledge obtained in the prerequisite course Essentials of RN Prescribing Practice (NURS-1100) as it relates to prescribing practices specific to travel health immunization. As a Registered Nurse, you will build on knowledge related to the pathogenesis of disease; concepts of immunology; medications used to prevent and treat travel health diseases or conditions. You will have the opportunity to learn more about governing laws, regulations, and guidelines. Foundational and introductory knowledge are applied to the components of the nursing process including assessment of travel health. You will draw on and apply knowledge of content and professional practice in completing critical thinking/clinical judgment case studies.

CO-OP/Practicum Information

The Consolidated Clinical Practicum will provide you the opportunity to apply, in the practice setting, the knowledge and skills learned in the theory courses. You are eligible for clinical practice after successfully completing all theory courses and all practicum requirements.

The clinical practicum is 160-hours of supervised clinical practice in the area of clinical specialty completed over one-month (full-time) or two months (part-time). You will be working with a clinical mentor who has prescribing privileges and be under the direction of an RRC advisor.

All clinical placements will be arranged by Red River College and may take place in urban or rural settings.

Program Progression Requirements:

Upon acceptance into the program but prior to registration into your clinical/practicum placements, you will be required to submit the following:

1. Adult Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (ACRVS)

2. Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR)

3. Adult Abuse Registry (AAR)

 Note: If students have a criminal record, they may not be able to complete the program. If students are listed on the Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry, you will not be able to complete the program.


4. BLS Provider (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Level C with AED)

Graduation Requirements
You must successfully complete your part-time program within 24-months (2-years) from the start of the first course of the program unless otherwise stated in the program outline. You must obtain a minimum grade of 70% (B) in each course to be successful in this program. Upon successful completion of the required courses and clinical practicum, students will be eligible to graduate with a Nurse Prescriber Advanced Certificate.

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. For complete details and forms, see

Questions about graduation? Please call 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 for assistance.?

Graduation with Honours
If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program, you will graduate with honours. If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.
Contact Information

For program application and course-based registration, contact:

School of Continuing Education
C116 - 2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
Phone: 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 (toll-free)
Fax: 204-633-6489

For Consolidated Clinical Practicum requirements and/or clinical placements, contact:

Corey Sigurdson by email: or by phone: 204-632-2502