Manitoba RN Prescribing: Knowledge-Based Practice

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 assignments for both course modules.


Manitoba RN Prescribing Module 2: Knowledge-Based Practice addresses knowledge-based competencies for prescribing in these domains:

  • pharmacologic principles
  • pathophysiology
  • client assessment
  • client safety
  • pharmacotherapeutics
  • side effects and contraindications
  • diagnostic testing and interpretation
  • consultation, documentation, follow-up and referral


Module 1: Competencies, Requirements and Standards must be completed prior to, or taken concurrently with, this module.

Structure and cost

This module is online and paced—10 units over 13 weeks. The module begins on the first Wednesday of May, September, and January.

Each unit includes learning activities, readings, and reflective exercises

Please register 2 months before the next available start date. A minimum of 10 registrants is required for the module to be offered. See the FHD website for academic schedule with specific dates.

You will participate in unit conferences and videoconferencing sessions to discuss unit content and related issues. Except for the videoconferencing sessions, you complete the course work at times of your choosing during each week. That is, there is no structured class time.

You will complete two case studies and a final exam.

When you finish both modules in the Manitoba RN Prescribing course:

  • you will be invited to complete the course evaluation, which will inform future revisions
  • a notice of course completion will be sent directly to CRNM by Athabasca University

Cost: $600 + 5% GST ($30) = $630 (non-refundable)

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of Module 2, you will be able to:

  • articulate the professional nursing obligations relevant to prescribing medications or ordering of tests
  • utilize the principles of pharmacology when prescribing
  • integrate diagnostic reasoning with the nursing process when prescribing medications
  • identify strategies to minimize risk to the patient using rational drug selection principles
  • articulate strategies to encourage adherence to the plan of care
  • document and provide appropriate follow-up in relation to the prescribing of medications
  • evaluate the need for testing or imaging using critical thinking and clinical reasoning
  • outline the responsibilities associated with ordering tests of any kind
  • interpret basic tests including liver and kidney function
  • consult with the appropriate team member in the case of abnormal test results
  • accurately document and follow-up any tests or imaging that you have ordered

Course materials

Textbook from Module 1 (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 2 from the Tickets page. You will need a valid credit card.

If you have questions, please email