Independent Prescribing Course

University of Reading

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 Reading
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Whiteknights PO Box 217 Reading Berkshire RG6 6AH United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 118 987 5123

Non-Medical Prescribing

CIPPET provides part-time postgraduate programmes to prepare pharmacists to practise as independent and supplemental prescribers and to fulfil the General Pharmaceutical Council’s criteria (GPhC).
The curriculum is made up of teaching and learning components such as taught days, self-directed study time, evaluation, and workplace-based learning (the 90 hours of learning in practice).
Our accreditation information may be obtained at GPhC accreditation.
Pharmacists enrolled in the programme will be evaluated at the level 7, resulting in a Postgraduate Certificate (60 academic credits).
Applicants can study one day per week (Thursdays) on our May and September courses or on our intensive January weekend programme.
Confirm that you satisfy the following professional admission requirements:
Applicants must be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) (PSNI)
Applicants must be in good standing with the GPhC and/or PSNI, as well as any other healthcare regulator with which they are registered. Applicants must have at least two years of relevant patient-oriented experience in a suitable UK practise environment after registration.
Applicants have identified a clinical or therapeutic area of clinical or therapeutic practise in which they wish to build autonomous prescription practise. They must also have significant clinical or therapeutic expertise in that area, which can serve as the cornerstone of their prescription practise while they are training.
The application system only communicates via automated email. Because certain NHS email servers classify these email addresses as spam, we recommend using a personal email account at this time to guarantee you get all emails. Once you’ve launched a programme, the system will send you emails at regular intervals to remind you to start and/or finish it. If your account is detected as idle for three weeks or more, your application may be withdrawn automatically.

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