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Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, PGCert Postgraduate prospectus

  • Available for pharmacists, nurses, and allied health professionals (AHPs)
  • fully accredited by GPhC, NMC and HCPC
  • Selected by Health Education England London and the South East – Kent Surrey Sussex (HEE LaSE KSS) as a contract provider of this qualification
  • Start in January, April, June, August, October or December
  • three different programme lengths available

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various years distance learning



This is a six, eight or twelve month, part-time, distance learning programme which enables a wide range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. Pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers can qualify as independent prescribers while dieticians and diagnostic radiographers can qualify as supplementary prescribers. The qualification gained meets the standards set by the respective professional/regulatory bodies.

Nine study days at the university cover communication and diagnostic skills, the legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing, pharmacology, and patient assessment and monitoring. Students also spend 90 hours shadowing prescribers in clinical practice working in their chosen specialist area.

Not sure you are ready? Try our Preparing for Prescribing (P4P) short courses first. See Medway School of Pharmacy website for more details:

Level 6

Nurses can choose to study at Level 6 rather than Level 7. Those who study at Level 6 gain institutional credit (45 credits at Level 6). The two levels are taught together and are mapped to the same requirements as validated by the NMC but there is variation in the academic outcomes and expectations and are marked accordingly. There are four compulsory courses to complete.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

The full Level 7 programme gains you 60 credits and the award of a Postgraduate Certificate. There are four compulsory courses to complete. You can take the programme as a standalone Postgraduate Certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, or as one pathway into the Medicines Optimisation programme by studying prescribing as either the first or second year of the Medicines Optimisation postgraduate diploma. See the page on the PG Cert/Dip/MSc Medicines Optimisation for more details. [Link to Medicines Optimisation page – was Medicines Management]

Who we are

The programme is run at the Medway School of Pharmacy by academics and healthcare professionals active in clinical practice. All of the team are qualified Non-Medical Prescribers.

What you'll study

PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing P11173

  • Non-medical Prescribing in Context (15 credits)
  • Safe and Effective Prescribing (15 credits)
  • Consultation and Decision Making (15 credits)
  • Putting Prescribing into Practice (15 credits)

Practice Credit Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary) for Nurses P13199

  • Background to Non-Medical Prescribing (10 credits)
  • Prescribing Safely and Effectively (10 credits)
  • Embedding Prescribing in your Consultations (10 credits)
  • The Practice of Prescribing (15 credits)

Entry requirements

  • Registration with the appropriate professional/regulatory body (NMC, GPhC, PSNI or HCPC)
  • Appropriate experience in the area of practice in which applicant will be prescribing
  • The ability to study at academic Level 6 or Level 7
  • At least 2 years' post-registration clinical experience (pharmacists)
  • At least 3 years' post-registration clinical experience (nurses and AHPs)
  • Appropriate numeracy skills
  • Support from the sponsoring organisation confirming service need and access to appropriate supervised practice, and a prescribing budget to meet the costs of prescriptions on completion of training
  • A named designated medical practitioner who will facilitate, supervise and support the student during their clinical placement
  • AHP and nurse applicants must have a Disclosure and Barring Service check no more than three years old.

Extra information


  • Course 1: Case study assignment, Legislative essay
  • Course 2: Numeracy exam, Multiple choice exam, Pharmacology seen essay examination,
  • Course 3: Evidence based assignment, Practical assessment
  • Course 4: Narrative based on portfolio entries covering 90 hours in clinical practice and attendance of period of learning in practice.

Professional recognition

On successful completion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory body (GPhC, NMC or HCPC) that you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber.


There is high and rising demand for both non-medical prescribing nurse practitioners and pharmacists in GP surgeries or other primary care settings. There are also enhanced career opportunities for radiographers, physiotherapists and podiatrists with the prescribing qualification.


Distance learning with eight (nine for nurses) compulsory study days at the university. Plus 90 hours in clinical practice.

Find out more information about the Medicines Management Programme.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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