Independent Prescribing Course

University of Exeter

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 Exeter
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Prince of Wales Road Exeter, Devon UK EX4 4SB
Tel: +44 (0) 1392 661000

Non-Medical Prescribing

Our Nursing programme, which is new for 2019 admission, is a four-year study leading to an MSci Nursing degree and registration as an Adult nurse, with the option for select students to attain dual registration in Adult and Mental Health Nursing.

Healthcare is created by nurses. As healthcare in the UK and across the world evolves, so does the job of nurses. Nurses are taking on more important roles in the healthcare system, including management, policy-making, research, and teaching. And, of course, nurses continue to be at the vanguard of patient care in a variety of settings, from working in cutting-edge super hospitals to caring for the vulnerable at home to giving essential support in refugee camps or disaster-stricken countries.

Exeter Nurses aspires to be great in all aspects of nursing and healthcare in general. The University of Exeter is dedicated to advancing the future of nursing, and the structure and content of this curriculum reflect that commitment.

The curriculum is built around Exeter’s distinctive “six pillars” of nursing: patient and public involvement; fundamental fundamentals of nursing care; evidence for practise; no health without mental health; leadership and management of healthcare; and global health. By the end of your studies, you will be able to work anywhere as a highly professional nurse capable of providing outstanding, comprehensive, person-centered, and evidence-based care in a real partnership with the individuals you care for.

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