Independent Prescribing Course

Robert Gordon University

Non-Medical Prescribing course prepares you to prescribe medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF) in your area of competence, assisting you in extending your practice. You’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively, as both an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Course length

6 Months

Course accredited


Accredited till

May 2023



Who should attend?

You’ll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, and this course may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice.

Entry requirements

  • Registered for 24 months with the GPhC (pharmacists). Additionally, pharmacist applicants must have at least 24 months experience in the specialist role in which they will prescribe and must take this module at level 7.
  • Registered for 12 months with the NMC (nurses/midwives).
  • Registered with the HCPC (allied health professionals – with appropriate experience; paramedics must be working in an advanced practice, non-ambulance setting and must take this module at level 7.

Robert Gordon University
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1224 262000

Non-Medical Prescribing

The module is divided into three parts: online learning, a “virtual residential time” of teaching and training, and a period of practise learning.

The programme is fully given via distance learning, utilising a variety of web-based learning tools. There is a one-week mandatory ‘virtual residential’ period during which you will study module elements that are more effectively taught and assessed face-to-face, such as communication and history-taking, consultation skills, and the development and synthesis of treatment plans for individual patients. There are also extremely relevant talks from a number of guest specialists during the virtual residential week.

The virtual residential week for the January intake is toward the end of April/beginning of May, whereas the virtual residential week for the September intake is in January.

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Endocrine system (thyroid dysfunction, diabetes mellitus)
Respiratory system (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Musculoskeletal disorders (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, pain)
The gastrointestinal tract (peptic ulcer disease, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease)
Neurology (Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease)
Cancer treatment (general aspects, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer)
Psychiatrist (affective disorders, anxiety and sleep, schizophrenia)

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