Taught course

Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

Robert Gordon University · School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

All candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
  • Demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own Continuing Professional Development.
  • Have a designated medical practitioner who has agreed to supervise the period of learning in practice.
  • Have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience practising in a hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year.
  • Have identified an area of clinical practice and need in which to develop their prescribing skills.
  • Have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice.
  • Demonstrate how they will develop their own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers from other professions.

The Designated Medical Practitioner must be able to confirm that they:

  • Have had at least 3 years medical, treatment and prescribing responsibility for a group of patients in the relevant field of practice.
  • Work within a GP Practice OR are a specialist registrar, clinical assistant or a consultant within an NHS Trust or other NHS employer.
  • Have some experience or training in teaching and/or supervision in practice.
  • Agree to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities and are familiar with the requirements of the programme.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This pharmacist independent prescriber course will prepare you to achieve the relevant learning outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to be eligible to apply for annotation as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber.

The module is structured around GPhC Standards and the Competency Framework for all Prescribers. These support Pharmacist Prescribers to deliver safe and effective care. The skills and knowledge you will gain will enable you to make a difference to patients’ lives and play an important role in the future of pharmacist independent prescribing.

Information for international students

For more information please view the RGU website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PractCert
    part time
    10 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    In undertaking the course online, 10 months + 1 week on campus.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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