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The Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists course from De Montfort University is designed for pharmacists working in a variety of areas, including in community pharmacies, hospitals, general practice, prisons, or the private sector. 

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Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the successful completion of this course will enable pharmacists to apply for an annotation on the GPhC register as an independent prescriber.

This Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists course from De Montfort University  will help you to learn about the many facets of prescribing, including clinical, communication, and consultation skills, the psychology of prescribing, and legal and ethical considerations of prescribing. 

The course is delivered over six months. However, for students with sufficient time and resources, the opportunity exists to undertake all learning and assessment within four months. 

During the course, you will be expected to complete 450 hours of learning across a variety of platforms. You will attend eight compulsory face-to-face study days where you will be taught in small groups. This encourages important discussion and debate between pharmacists and lecturers, allowing for valuable reflection on the future of prescribing practice and promoting self-awareness as a non-medical prescriber. 

You will also undertake the equivalent of at least 12 days (or 90 hours) of practice-based experience, under the supervision of your Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP), working towards competencies in a chosen area of practice. 

To reinforce your learning, we support self-directed learning through our easy-to-use online learning platform. This format allows you to study at a time convenient to you, and encourages communication with fellow pharmacists and lecturers through discussion boards. 

Graduate careers

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, which will allow you to apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for your register entry to be annotated to that of a prescriber. You will then be able to work as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

Programme Structure

Topics included

  • Communication and consultation skills
  • Clinical skills including NEWS2 assessment, cardiovascular, abdominal and respiratory examinations
  • Influences on prescribing
  • Psychology of prescribing
  • Legal and ethical aspects of prescribing
  • Understanding clinical risk 
  • Clinical reasoning and decision making
  • Using evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal
  • Prescribing in a team and inter-professional education (including a half-day event with colleagues from the School of Nursing)

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  • Part-time
    • 6 months
    • Flexible

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45 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
  • Have attained a 2:2 or above in Pharmacy or equivalent degree qualification
  • Have at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year.
  • Applicants need to identify an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge and experience relevant to that area of prescribing practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate reflective practice on performance and the ability to take responsibility for continuing professional development.
  • Support from the applicant’s employer for learning in practice and study leave


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