University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

The programme aims to prepare pharmacists, nurses and midwives to practice as independent and or supplementary prescribers. Students develop the knowledge and skills required by an allied health professional to practice as a supplementary prescriber and to meet the standards set by the respective professional or regulatory body as required within the legislative framework.

Entry requirements

Registration with the appropriate professional body: Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for pharmacists; Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for nurses; or Health Professions Council (HPC) for Allied Health Professionals; plus a 1st degree or equivalent; or at least 5 years working experience in health care; 2 years (pharmacists) / 3 years (nurses and allied health professionals) post-registration clinical experience; support from the sponsoring organisation confirming service need and access to appropriate supervised practice, and a prescribing budget to meet the costs of prescriptions on completion of training; a named designated medical practitioner who will facilitate, supervise and support the student during their clinical placement.

Course modules

Modules include: Non-medical prescribing in context; safe and effective prescribing; consultation and decision making; putting prescribing into practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through objective structured clinical examination, assignments, case study analysis, multiple-choice questions, short answer papers and attendance at a period of learning in practice.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Distance learning £ 1,800 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

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Distance learning

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