Independent Prescribing Course

University of Portsmouth

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 Portsmouth
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: University House Winston Churchill Avenue Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 2UP
Tel: +44 (0)23 9284 4444

Non-Medical Prescribing

Are you an experienced registered nurse wishing to improve the care you deliver to your patients by becoming an independent and supplemental nurse prescriber? If so, this V300 Nurse Prescribing course is perfect for you.

Throughout the course, you will gain legal, ethical, professional, pharmacology, and therapeutics information. You’ll get a complete awareness of the scope of your profession and the skills necessary to safely prescribe to your patients.

After successfully completing the course, you will be entitled to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an independent/supplementary nurse prescriber.

Prior to applying for admittance, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a first-level nurse or specialised community public health nurse for at least one year.
Applicants must be professionally practising in an environment where there is a recognised requirement to prescribe on a regular basis, and they must be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor, line manager, non-medical prescribing lead, practise supervisor, and assessor.
All candidates must be capable of safe and effective practise at a level of competency relevant to the module/program being pursued and their desired area of prescription practise in the following areas: clinical health assessment, diagnostics/care management, planning and evaluation of treatment.

Learn the abilities and information required to work as an independent and supplemental prescriber in a clinical context.
Earn 30 credits that can be used to other credentials.
Develop your clinical abilities with our human patient simulators and Anatomage virtual dissection table in our clinical skills suite.
Improve your legal, ethical, and professional knowledge and abilities in pharmacology and therapeutics.
Improve your knowledge of evidence-based practise.
Experts from the University’s School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Health and Care Professions will teach you.
In practise, seek the assistance of qualified clinical supervisors.
Begin in September and study for eight months.
Commit to 26 days of study, with 9 days spent at the university.
Complete 12 supervised practise sessions.

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