Independent Prescribing Course

University of Birmingham

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.

University of Birmingham
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3344

Non-Medical Prescribing

A multi-professional course that will help you build the consulting and prescription skills needed to become an independent prescriber in your field of practise.

This 40-credit Masters course (level 7) is given part-time over six months and consists of two mandatory 20-credit modules completed sequentially, as well as an overarching non-credit bearing module that includes the period of supervised learning in practise and a portfolio. To be granted the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, all courses must be passed. Forty credits equate to around 400 hours of student effort.

Pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, nurses, midwives, paramedics, and therapeutic radiographers are presently eligible for this course.

At the Master’s level, you are expected to plan and execute activities independently.

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