Professional Course

Practice Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists

Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 7

Module credits

40 credits

Next course date

September and January


6 months


Derby Campus, St Helena, Chesterfield

Module description

About this module

This module enables Pharmacists to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to practice as independent prescribers, and to meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

This course is for practitioners who are registered as a pharmacist and in good standing with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or, in Northern Ireland, with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Applicants must have at least two years’ appropriate patient-orientated experience post-registration, in a relevant UK practice setting and an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice. They must also have relevant clinical or therapeutic experience in that area, which is suitable to act as the foundation of their prescribing practice while training.

Prescribing by a range of professionals has developed over a number of years, enabling improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of health care provision. The post-graduate practice certificates in non-medical prescribing have been developed to meet the growing demand for prescribing courses nationally and locally. The course is one core 40 credit module studied over two semesters that enables practitioners to work autonomously when making clinical decisions for the people in their care, with an awareness of personal limitations within their expanding scope of professional competence. This inter-professional programme enables learners to develop their knowledge and skills to become qualified Non-Medical Prescribers (NMP) (also known as Independent prescribers) as recognised by their professional regulatory body.

Pharmacists can also undertake the “Diagnostic Reasoning in Clinical Practice” module to contribute to clinically enhanced Independent Prescribing practice.

How you are assessed

Practical 1: requires the completion of a clinical skills assessment of several parts (clinical skills exam, a clinical decision making OSCE and a viva of a case-based discussion)

Course Work 1: requires the presentation of an evidence-based poster detailing specific drugs

Practical 2: requires practice assessment including critical reflection to address competencies and the professional, legal and ethical aspects of prescribing. Practice sign-off (verifying 12 days/90 hours of clinical practice, and providing evidence of the achievement of practice competencies) is required

On completion, you will be awarded the:

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Learning outcomes

Entry requirements

In order to gain entry onto the Education Programme, applicants must meet each of the criteria listed:

How to apply

As a professional course, you need to Apply directly to the University. as well as provide evidence of meeting the specific professional requirements. The entry requirements are assessed through an additional form and your University application cannot be considered until we receive and review this professional form. The professional pre-admission form and further information can be found on our University of Derby Online (UDoL) pre-admission course "Prescribing Preparation".

Find out more about how to meet the professional requirements.

Apply directly to the University

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Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.