Independent Prescribing Course

University of York

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 York
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK
Tel: 01904 321321

Non-Medical Prescribing

The Nursing and Midwifery Council for Registered Nurses and Midwives and the Health Care Professions Council for Allied Health Professionals (dieticians, paramedics, physiotherapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, and radiographers) have both validated our Non-Medical Prescribing curriculum. and is subject to General Pharmaceutical Council clearance.

Through achievement of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society standards, the programme prepares nurses, midwives, pharmacists, paramedics, podiatrists, and physiotherapists to prescribe as independent and/or supplementary prescribers, and dieticians and radiographers to prescribe as supplementary prescribers.

Places in this programme are restricted to registrants who meet all of the admission criteria established by the Department of Health Sciences and the Professional, Statutory, and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs).

Please keep in mind that participation in this programme does not imply the ability to prescribe. Only once your prescribing qualification has been marked in the applicable professional body registry may you prescribe. When this occurs, you may only prescribe from the formulary from which you are qualified and within your competence and area of practise.

Entrance to the programme is through formal application, in which we will consider whether you meet the prerequisites for access to the programme outlined below as well as the applicable Professional Regulatory Statutory Body.

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