Independent Prescribing Course

University of Suffolk

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 Suffolk
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Waterfront Building, 19 Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1473 338833

Non-Medical Prescribing

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), and the Health Professions Council (HPC) have all accredited this innovative multi-professional course (HPC).

The enabling legislative framework allows practitioners who fulfil the entrance standards to practise independently and/or additional prescription. Practitioners who successfully complete the course will have their prescribing certification recorded with the appropriate professional authority.

Students in this course will expand on existing practise to improve the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to practise as Independent and/or Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribers in a safe, acceptable, and cost-effective manner.

The course is situated at the Ipswich waterfront campus and is divided into two semesters, beginning in September and ending in June. Campus-based learning is spread out across 26 days, and there is also a need to complete 12 days of supervised practise under the supervision of a designated medical supervisor (Doctor). You will be asked to participate in related individual study activities in addition to the timetabled programme.

The course can be taken as a stand-alone course at the level 7 level (masters).

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