Our postgraduate programme prepares pharmacists and nurses to practice as both independent and supplementary prescribers.
CIPPET offers part-time postgraduate programmes to prepare pharmacists and nurses to practice as both independent and supplementary prescribers and to meet the standards set by The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The programme comprises the equivalent of 26 study days, which includes taught days, self-directed study time, examinations and assessment, and 12 days learning in practice. Details of our accreditations can be found at GPhC accreditation and NMC accreditation.
Nurses studying the programme can be assessed at either level 6 (undergraduate) leading to a Graduate Certificate or level 7 (postgraduate) leading to a Postgraduate Certificate; both programmes award 60 credits. Two programmes are available:
May 2019: studying for one day a week (Thursday) over six months. Dates TBC.
Pharmacists studying the programme will be assessed at Level 7 leading to a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (to permit application for annotation on the GPhC register). Two programmes are available:
January 2019: Pharmacists only. Please note this has now changed and will be the weekend format. Applicants should note this programme is designed to be intensive. Session dates are: 5/6/26/27 January, 9/10 March, 18/19 May and 29/30 June. Deadline for applications: Monday 29 October 2018.
Required documents to be submitted with application are found in the 'Entry requirements' section below, along with information about how to apply online.
May 2019: Studying for one day a week (Thursday) over six months. Dates TBC.
We offer an independent prescriber conversion course for pharmacists already working as a supplementary prescriber. To apply for this programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the entry requirements and the application process.
September 2018: Further details on this intake will be posted here in 2018. The study day will be Thursday 4th October 2018. The cost is £300. Information can be found at this link.
How to apply for the independent prescribing programme:
1. Confirm you meet the professional entry requirements:
2. Applicants must have a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) when applying and it is the responsibility of individual to secure one. Information about the role of the DMP can be found here: DMP role. Only apply once you have a DMP and when they have confirmed they are happy to support you.
3. Confirm you are able to attend all the study days. These will be stated here once the application process is opened.
4. To apply to the programme you need to use the University’s online portal which is available at: Online application portal.
All communication from the application system is via automated email. Some NHS email servers flag these email addresses as spam, therefore we recommend using a personal email address to ensure you receive all communications at this stage.
Once you have started an application the system will email you to remind you to start and/or complete your application at regular intervals. If your account is flagged as dormant for more than three weeks your application may be automatically removed.
5. Once you have created an account, select one of the following programmes from the drop down menu of programme choices:
Graduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses (Level 6)
Postgraduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses (Level 7)
Postgraduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists
6. You will need to complete all the following documents. The online system cannot accept unlimited uploads so we recommend you scan them into one document and upload this to your online application:
8.Click submit for your application to be sent for consideration.
9. All applications are considered once the deadline has closed. The higher the number of applications we receive the longer it may take to inform you of the outcome, but we aim to notify applicants if they are successful within three weeks of the closing date. In the event the course is oversubscribed we are unable to retrospectively contact applicants with missing documents. Due to the high volume of applications we are receiving at present we are unable to provide individualised feedback if you are unsuccessful.
10. If you are being sponsored you will need to upload a letter of proof of sponsorship prior to enrolment, we advise you get this letter prepared in advance. Some NHS organisations require a Purchase Order number for payment of invoices, this must be stated on this letter to ensure invoices are paid promptly.
All 60 credit independent prescribing programmes: £2,200
Independent prescribing conversion course: £300
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
The fees given are for entry in the academic year starting in September 2018, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.You can find more information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.