Independent Prescribing Course

University of Derby

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 Derby
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Kedleston Road Derby DE22 1GB
Tel: +44 (0)1332 591992

Non-Medical Prescribing

This course is intended for practitioners who are registered as nurses or midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and are in good standing with them. Applicants must have been registered for at least one year, have relevant post-registration patient-oriented experience in a suitable practise context, and have selected an area in which to build independent prescription practise.
Prescribing by a variety of experts has evolved over time, allowing for advances in the efficiency and efficacy of health care delivery. To accommodate the increased demand for prescription courses both nationally and locally, the practise certificate and post-graduate practise certifications in non-medical prescribing have been established.
The course consists of one core 40-credit module that is studied over two semesters and allows practitioners to work freely when making clinical decisions for the individuals in their care, while also being conscious of personal limitations within their developing field of professional competence. This inter-professional programme prepares students to become competent Non-Medical Prescribers (NMP) (also known as Independent / Supplementary Prescribers) as recognised by their relevant professional regulating body.

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