Manitoba RN Prescribing: Competencies, Requirements & Standards

The Manitoba RN Prescribing online course was developed to prepare Registered Nurse Authorized Prescribers -RN(AP)s to work in jurisdictions where they make and communicate a diagnosis, prescribe certain medications and vaccines, fit certain medical devices, and order specific diagnostic or screening tests.

Learn more about Athabasca University’s online Manitoba RN(AP) Prescribing course.

Course goals

The Manitoba RN(AP) Prescribing Course builds on basic foundational knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology and patient assessment acquired as a registered nurse.

Successful completion of the course prepares RNs to meet CRNM’s requirements for prescribing drugs and ordering diagnostic tests.

A Certificate of Completion is awarded when you have successfully completed the course exams, and assignments for this module and for Module 2.


Manitoba RN Prescribing Module 1: Competencies, Requirements, and Standards addresses the following competencies in these domains:

  • legal
  • ethical
  • regulatory
  • client safety
  • professional practice responsibilities
  • legal and complete prescriptions


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Structure and cost

This is module is online; learning is self-paced. There are 5 units, and you have 6 months to complete the course.

Each unit includes learning activities, readings, and reflective exercises

Each unit contains a short quiz designed to reinforce critical knowledge. You may take these short quizzes as many times as you wish.

There is one final exam.

Learn more about Module 2: Manitoba RN Knowledge-based Practice—Prescribing Medications and Ordering Diagnostic Tests

Cost: $300 + 5% GST ($15) = $315 (non-refundable)

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of Module 1, you will be able to:

  • articulate the professional nursing obligations relevant to prescribing medications or ordering of tests
  • understand the legal and regulatory limits on RN prescriptive authority in Manitoba
  • advance your professional ethos, and understanding of accountability, pertinent to RN prescribing practice
  • ensure client safety and comprehensive care through communication, consultation and collaboration with other health care professionals and individual clients
  • discuss the need for maintaining currency and competence in your area of RN prescribing practice to best meet the needs of your clients and the health care system
  • compose a complete and legal prescription

Course materials

One textbook is required, is used in both Module 1 and 2 of the course and is available from Amazon

Brent, L., Gerald, K., & Hass, V.M. (2021). Advanced pharmacology for prescribers. Springer Publishing.

All other resources are web-based or provided in the course study guide.

Technical requirements

To successfully complete this course, you must have ready access to a computer with reliable Internet access.


To register, use the PD Modules Online Registration Form. Select Manitoba RN Prescribing Modules: Part 1 from the Tickets page. You will need a valid credit card.

If you have questions, please email