Independent Prescribing Course

University of Hertfordshire

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 Hertfordshire
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB
Tel: +44 (0)1707 284000

Non-Medical Prescribing

The process of becoming an independent prescribing certified optometrist consists of three steps:

Attend a General Optical Council-approved course.

Complete a logbook and a clinical placement under the supervision of a consultant ophthalmologist.

Attend the Common Final Assessment of the College of Optometrists.

This postgraduate short course is available as a part-time, flexible learning option and is the first step toward becoming an independent prescription optometrist. It will prepare you for the independent prescriber clinical placement and final assessment by providing you with the necessary abilities, information, understanding, and practical skills.

Throughout the course, the University focuses a strong emphasis on the development of professional attitudes and patient-centered practise. You will be taught by a variety of specialists ranging from optometrists and pharmacists to nurse practitioners and ophthalmologists.

This brief course educates and examines students against the General Optical Council’s independent prescription competences, with the following goals in mind:

enable you to learn about the causes, signs, and symptoms of conditions they will encounter as an independent prescribing optometrist provide lectures on the investigation and management of conditions you are likely to encounter once you register as an independent prescribing optometrist encourage you to research evidence-based practise in their studies and to be self-reflective in order to develop required clinical skills

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