Taught course

Non-Medical Prescribing

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

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Entry requirements

You will need to:

  • hold a degree from a UK university or equivalent, or, if you are a registered non-graduate practitioner, be able to demonstrate equivalent academic ability and professional experience
  • be registered with an appropriate regulatory body and satisfy the professional regulatory requirements to enter onto a prescribing programme
  • have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and provide a signed declaration from the Trust as evidence
  • have as a minimum the appropriate length of experience as set by the respective regulatory body. This is currently one year for the NMC, two years for the GPhC, and three years for the HCPC.

You should be a nurse or midwife registered with the NMC, a pharmacist registered with the GPhC, or an allied health professional registered with the HCPC. You will also need to complete an application form. If you are interested in applying, please contact us.

Application timeline

We'd recommend you apply for this qualification a minimum of four weeks before final registration. Places are limited and in high demand, and applying early allows sufficient time for your application to be processed.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

This qualification enables you to gain the knowledge and skills required for safe, appropriate and effective prescribing practice as you become eligible to apply for the annotation to your regulator register as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber. You'll become equipped and ready to be responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions, with the decision-making skills required in clinical management.

Information for international students

This qualification is not available outside of the UK.

Fees and funding

For more information about fees and funding, please visit The Open University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    13 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Open University
0300 303 5303