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Independent/Supplementary Prescribing PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Drug Medicine Control (Nursing) Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

Independent/Supplementary Prescribing PGCert is a programme which enables a wide range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. This course is fully accredited by GPhC, NMC and HCPC. Pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers can qualify as independent prescribers while dietitians and diagnostic radiographers can qualify as supplementary prescribers. There are two versions of this 8-month PG Certificate programme: standard and clinically enhanced.

There is high and rising demand for both non-medical prescribing nurse practitioners and pharmacists in GP surgeries or other primary care settings. There are also enhanced career opportunities for radiographers, physiotherapists and podiatrists with the prescribing qualification.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


8 months

Start date



This module is for Practice Credit Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary) for Nurses.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should be registered with the appropriate professional/regulatory body (NMC, GPhC, PSNI or HCPC); Appropriate experience in the area of practice in which applicant will be prescribing; ability to study at academic Level 6 or Level 7; at least 2 years' post-registration clinical experience (pharmacists); at least 3 years' post-registration clinical experience (nurses and AHPs); appropriate numeracy skills; 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; named designated medical practitioner who will facilitate, supervise and support the student during their clinical placement; AHP and nurse applicants must have a Disclosure and Barring Service check no more than three years old.

Department profile

Faculty of Engineering & Science The historic Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime is home to the Faculty of Engineering and Science. In 2017, the Medway Campus benefited from £50 million investment that has seen the construction of extensive new laboratories and research facilities. Our community of student’s ranges from undergraduate through to taught Masters and PhDs. Our strong international reputation attracts students from around the...more

University information

The University of Greenwich has three campuses situated in south-east London and Kent. It offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes, along with a number of research degrees. The university has nine Times Higher Education Awards, four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education and two Guardian University Awards for Research Impact. Among the teaching staff, there are award winning National Teaching Fellows, while alumni...more

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