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Part time See Course PgCert 8 months part-time, distance learning

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There are two versions of this 8-month PG Certificate programme: standard and clinically enhanced. Both versions are part-time, distance learning programmes and enable a wide range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. Pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers can qualify as independent prescribers while dietitians and diagnostic radiographers can qualify as supplementary prescribers. The qualification gained meets the standards set by the respective professional/regulatory bodies.

Nine study days at the university cover communication and diagnostic skills, the legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing, pharmacology, and patient assessment and monitoring. The emphasis on each skill or aspect of

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Entry Requirements

Registration with the appropriate professional/regulatory body
Appropriate experience in the area of practice in which applicant will be prescribing
The ability to study at academic Level 6 or Level 7
At least 2 years' post-registration clinical experience (pharmacists)
At least 3 years' post-registration clinical experience (nurses and AHPs)
Appropriate numeracy skills
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

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