Independent Prescribing Course

University of Sunderland

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 Sunderland
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD
Tel: +44 (0)191 515 3000

Non-Medical Prescribing

This course leads to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)-approved Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, which is essential to work as an independent prescriber.

The course is typically finished in 12 months, however it can be done in less time. It consists of nine required on-campus study days during which you will learn about therapeutic issues, clinical skills and evaluation, and much more. You will have the chance to improve your awareness and understanding of clinical evaluation and examination of patients in the following anatomic/therapeutic systems: respiratory, cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal, musculoskeletal, and nervous.

The course addresses all of the learning goals outlined in the GPhC’s Educational Standards, with a focus on clinical decision-making, patient safety, and the professional and ethical elements of prescription practise.

Once qualified and your registration is properly annotated, you will be able to take on new challenges and possibilities that non-prescribers will not be able to take on. As a result, the course is revolutionary in terms of your continuous professional growth and clinical utility, which ultimately improves your career options and employment happiness. The General Pharmaceutical Council has further information.

This is the only GPhC-approved Independent Prescribing course in the North East of England created particularly for pharmacists.
You will complete a minimum of 90 hours of supervised practise with a designated prescribing practitioner; ideally, this will be a medical practitioner to ensure a diversified experience during your training, but non-medical prescribers may be considered as well.
Using a combination of teaching and experience training approaches, we will educate you to become an autonomous pharmacist independent prescriber.
The Independent Prescribing certification is available as an optional module for people participating in, or interested in enrolling in, the MSc Clinical Pharmacy programme, as well as as a stand-alone course.

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