Postgraduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing

University of Kent, Medway School of Pharmacy

Program Description

Postgraduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing

University of Kent, Medway School of Pharmacy


Legislative changes which began in 1998 have meant that nurses and pharmacists are now able to qualify as fully independent prescribers. In addition radiographers, physiotherapists, podiatrists and optometrists are able to qualify as supplementary prescribers. This 8 month, part-time, distance learning programme enables these health care professionals to develop the knowledge and skills to practice as prescribers and to meet the standards set by the respective professional/regulatory body as required within the legislative framework.


The Prescribing Programme is delivered by distance learning plus a total of 8 study days at the University, plus 12 days supervised in practice.


Assessments include: written assignments, case study analysis, Multiple Choice Questions, narrative based on portfolio entries, attendance of period of learning in practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).


There are many opportunities within the managed and private sectors for health care professionals with a prescribing qualification. The PgCert in Prescribing forms a pathway onto the MSc in Medicines Management run by the Medway School of Pharmacy. Students can register for the PgCert in Prescribing as a stand alone qualification or the full diploma or MSc in Medicines Management.

Programme structure

The Programme consists of 4 compulsory 15 credit courses

  • Non Medical Prescribing In Context
  • Safe and Effective Prescribing
  • Consultation and Decision Making
  • Putting Prescribing Into Practice


Distance learning offers a flexible approach for both students and employees. The programme is multi-disciplinary with shared learning throughout the study days. Some study days incorporate workshops which are profession specific.

Entry Criteria

Offer Levels

Students will have:

  • registration with the appropriate professional/regulatory body (NMC, RPSGB, PSNI or HPC)
  • appropriate experience in the area of practice in which they will be prescribing
  • the ability to study at academic Masters level (a first degree or at least 5 years working experience in health care)
  • at least 2 years post-registration clinical experience (pharmacists)
  • at least 3 years post-registration clinical experience (nurses with first degree and Allied Health Professionals)
  • 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
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
8 months
Part time
United Kingdom - Medway, England
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