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Independent Prescribing (Short Course) / Entry requirements

Year of entry: 2021

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Academic entry qualification overview

We require a relevant Lower Second honours degree or above. See the Professional entry qualification section for further professional requirements.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from countries that are not majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

  • IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
  • TOEFL minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

Pharmacists must have the following in addition to meeting our academic entry requirements:

  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.
  • At least two years' post-registration patient-focused experience in a UK hospital, community or a primary care setting.
  • An identified area of clinical practice in which to develop your prescribing skills and one year's post-registration clinical experience in this area.
  • Up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to your intended area of prescribing.
  • An agreement with an experienced independent prescriber to act as your Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) during the 90 hours of learning in practice.

NMC registrants must have the following in addition to meeting our academic entry requirements:

  • First level registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (for nurses and midwives).
  • At least one years' post-registration patient-focused experience.
  • An identified area of clinical practice in which to develop your prescribing skills and one year's post-registration clinical experience in this area.
  • Agreements with two experienced independent prescribers to act as your Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor during the 90 hours of learning in practice; these two roles should not be undertaken by the same person.
  • You must be capable of safe and effective practice in clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management, planning and evaluation of care in your identified area of prescribing practice.

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Nursing & Midwifery Council, so we accept applications from pharmacists, nurses and midwives. We cannot accept applications from practitioners registered with other regulatory bodies.

Other entry requirements

You must have access to a computer with fast and reliable internet connection. There is a minimum level of computer skills required, including the ability to:

  • navigate the Blackboard virtual learning environment to locate teaching and learning materials and to access and submit assessments (with initial basic training)
  • communicate by email
  • work efficiently with Microsoft Word or similar word processing software
  • use the internet to search websites
  • scan and upload documents
  • navigate e-learning programs
  • participate in online conferencing (webinars).

Please see section 3 of the Independent Prescribing additional application form (Word, 129KB) for details of the eligibility criteria for your:

  • Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) - pharmacist applicants
  • Practice Assessor (PA) and Practice Supervisor (PS) - NMC registrant applicants

Please note that DPPs/PAs/PSs must not receive any payment for supervising your practice.

Further information regarding your mentorship arrangement can be found in Appendix A/B of the nomination pack (Word, 777KB).