- Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940; Rules, 1945 and Drugs Schedules, amendments thereof, Fixed Dose Combinations, Over The Counter drugs, AYUSH Drugs, Nutraceuticals and Health Supplements
- Health ecosystem, Health care setting, National Health programmes
- Healthcare setting, National Essential Medicines List, Health Insurance schemes including Ayushman Bharat
- Indian Council of Medical Research
- NvCCP Prescribing Skills course for the Indian Medical Graduates
NvCCP Prescribing Skills
NvCCP Prescribing Skills Stay ahead in your career with ICMR NvCCP Prescribing Skills course for Indian Medical Graduates from Swayam.
Medium of instructions English
Mode of learning Self study
Mode of Delivery Video and Text Based
A test conducted upon first year resident doctors on their abilities of prescribing medicines showed results that concluded their prescribing skills as unprepared and potentially harmful. Prescribing medicines incorrectly can lead to a delay in recovery of the patient, a reaction from the drug or greater risk for more harm. Thus, the Board of Governors (BoG) of the Medical Council of India (MCI) referred to this course as a must for medical graduates.
NvCCP Prescribing Skills is brought to the candidates by the Indian Council of Medical Research and their expert faculties from many departments like Clinical Pharmacology and Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM) as a way to prepare the doctors of tomorrow by completely eradicating any sign of inadequacy in writing prescriptions from them today.
The course has been designed to clear every doubt that the candidates may have by using the Specified Learning Objectives (SLOs) from the MCI curriculum. It has also been reviewed and approved by the ICMR Technical Advisory Group with the help of clinical experts.
- 12-week long course duration
- Undergraduate level study
- Free of cost programme
- Certification provided by Swayam
- The government provided the certified document
- Reading materials
- Discussion forums
- Video lectures
- Online sessions
- Self assessment tests
Course and certificate fees
Type of course
There is no fee cost for the course.
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Who it is for
This course is designed for Indian Medical Graduates (IMG).
Candidates should either be pursuing or have completed the internship after the MBBS examination.
Candidates must have finished their MBBS course and be medical graduates to be eligible for the course.
Certification Qualifying Details
The candidates shall receive their certificates if they meet the following criterion before their deadlines:
They must have completed either of the two pre-tests.
They must have completed all of their assignment MCQs.
They must have completed the upload of one of the five prescriptions.
What you will learn
By the time applicants have received the certificates, they would have learnt in great detail about the following concepts:
- Applicants will first be taught about the healthcare system and its settings.
- Afterwards, they will learn the principles behind prescribing medicines.
- Candidates will also learn what kind of medicines they should prescribe in cases of Medical Emergencies.
- Drug reactions that may happen will be effectively taught to the candidates.
Filling the form
For the candidates to get admission in the course, they need to first follow the instructions given below.
Step 1: Candidates are required to go to the official website of the programme.
Step 2: Candidates will then be required to register themselves on the website. They can register by using their Google, Facebook or Microsoft accounts or by creating an account on SWAYAM.
Step 3: If the candidates have an account with which they are already registered on SWAYAM, they can use that as well.
Step 4: After registration, applicants will be needed to log in to their accounts and go back to the course page.
Step 5: The Join icon for this course has not been made available yet. Once it has been made available, the applicants can find it and click on it to get to the application form from the course page.
Step 6: Candidates will then be needed to fill the application form and correctly and they must fill their temporary registration numbers issued by the medical council.
Step 7: The last step for the candidates is to agree to the terms and conditions and then submit the application form.
Principles of prescribing
- Formulation and appropriate Route of Administration
- Principles of antimicrobial prescribing
- Fundamentals of prescribing, Good prescribing practices
- Medication History
- Improving Adherence
- The relevance of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Safe & Effective Medication
- Communication Skills in Prescribing
Prescribing in medical emergencies
- Prescribing before referral for cases of myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndrome
- Management of Shock
- Common Acute Poisoning
Adverse drug reactions
- Basic Principles of Adverse Drug Reactions
- Adverse Drug Reaction - Reporting
- Adverse Drug Reactions – Management and Prevention
Prescribing in special patient groups
- Prescribing in renal and hepatic impairment
- Prescribing for children
- Prescribing in the perioperative period
- Prescribing for women II
- Prescribing for elderly
- Prescribing for women I
- Management of Stable Coronary artery disease and secondary prevention
- Prescribing for heart failure
- Prescribing in Diabetes Mellitus
- Prescribing appropriately for hypertension - 2. Prescribing rationally for hypertensive emergencies
- Prescribing for Pain Management
- Prescribing for ENT disorders
- Prescribing Antimicrobial rationally for common conditions
- Prescribing for Community Acquired Pneumonia & Symptomatic cough management
- Prescribing for Ophthalmological Disorders
- Dermatology Disorders
- Prescribing in Asthma and COPD
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout
- Common Psychiatric Conditions (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder)
- Common Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Epilepsy, Dementia and Migraine
- Common Psychiatric Conditions (Anxiety, Depression)
- Prescribing in Palliative and End of Life care
There will be two pre-tests before the beginning of the course. Applicants have to appear in any one of these tests and complete it.
How it helps
Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) recognises the ability to write prescriptions that are correct and will help the patients recover as a skill that should be a must for every doctor or an aspiring doctor. The course brings the candidates a step closer to their goals and greatly increases their chances of selection in the domain.
Furthermore, the fact that the course has been offered by the Indian Council of Medical Research helps a lot. It definitely puts them in an entire league above their usual competitors. The course layout has been structured magnificently with 40 video lectures straight from the MCI curriculum.
The course only admits students who have either completed the internship after MBBS graduation or are currently pursuing it.
The course has been designed and offered by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
The course ICMR NvCCP Prescribing Skills is an undergraduate level course of the multidisciplinary category.
The course, with all its contents, assignment submissions and prescription uploads takes 12 weeks to be completed.
The course offers video lectures, self assessments, assignments, discussion forums, tests and many other things as a pedagogy for the course.
The course is a part of a government initiative known as SWAYAM that aims to make education accessible for free to all the people of India.
The medical council of India states prescription skills as a “Must Know” entity for doctors and aspiring doctors. This stems from the fact that first year resident doctors who had not studied this course showed unpreparedness for this skill.