The Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists is available as a stand-alone 45-credit course or it can be taken as an option in the second year of the PG Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. It is suitable for pharmacists working in hospital, community, primary care, prisons or private sector, but is open to pharmacists from all sectors of the profession.
A conversion course for pharmacists already qualified as supplementary prescribers, wishing to upgrade to independent prescribing, is also available.
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“Sessions were informative and engaging, with plenty of time for discussion”
“Approachable and friendly tutors who are consistently positive and supportive”
Duration: One year part-time October 2014 11 taught days at the university (Thursdays) plus 90 hours in clinical practice
Attendance: The course runs for seven months between October and April; delivered over a period of 11 taught days and 90 hours in practice.
Location: De Montfort University
Start date: October 2014
Academic Entry Criteria
You should have a degree in pharmacy, such as BSc (Pharm), BPharm or MPharm. Applications are welcomed from pharmacists with degrees from other countries who are practising as a registered pharmacist in the UK.
Requirements of the course are stipulated by the GPhC; further details can be found at: pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist-independent-prescriber|
The small cohort size lends itself to an informal teaching approach in which discussion and debate amongst the group is encouraged. Our virtual learning environment provides a point of resource and communication between students and academics.
Practice-based assessment typically includes: a portfolio and reflective log of clinical experience, presentation of a treatment algorithm, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) assessment, and written assessments.
Learning outcomes include;
The course is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of staff and external experts, including pharmacists, nurses and doctors. The module leader is a practising independent pharmacist prescriber. Industry standard teaching facilities and specialist clinical skills rooms enhance teaching and learning.
Over 100 years of pharmacy teaching and expertise at our institution ensures that our graduates are of the highest calibre.
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.
UKPASS is the postgraduate equivalent of UCAS and gives you a simple and efficient way to apply online. It allows you to search for a course and guides you through the application process. Using UKPASS you can apply for up to ten courses for free.
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You will need to attach qualification transcripts, references and evidence of English language (if you are an overseas student) with your UKPass application. If these documents are not attached to your original application, this will delay the process of your application.
International students can also apply directly to DMU using our online applications portal|.
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