School of Health Sciences

Supplementary Prescribing for Dietitians

You will be taught and assessed in both independent and supplementary prescribing; however the prescribing authority conferred will be limited to supplementary prescribing.

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Course code NURS3082 (Level 3), NURS4164 (Level 4)
Entry requirements

Applicants for the non-medical prescribing course for dietitians must:

  • be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council in one of the relevant Allied Health Professions
  • have at least three years or equivalent relevant post qualification experience
  • be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level
  • be able to provide evidence of at least a degree or equivalent level qualification in physiotherapy, podiatry/chiropody or dietetics
  • fulfil these additional entry requirements 

Application deadlines:

Applications for academic year 2023/24 are now closed

Credits 40
Level Available as Level 3 or Level 4
Duration Six months

Level 3: £3,084. Level 4: £3,112. Please contact us directly to discuss NHS pricing.



Our non-medical prescribing course for dieticians awards a dual qualification of independent and supplementary prescribing. Dietitians undertaking this course will be taught and assessed in both forms of prescribing regardless of clinical need. However, you will only have the authority to prescribe as a supplementary prescriber.

As a supplementary prescriber: Within the bounds of an agreed patient specific clinical management plan you will be able to prescribe all licensed and unlicensed medicines within and outside of the license within your scope of practice including controlled drugs.

  • law, accountability and ethics of prescribing
  • prescribing in a public health context
  • psychology of, and influences on, prescribing
  • prescribing in a team context
  • consultation, decision making and therapy including referral
  • pharmacology including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics 
  • organisational leadership in relation to prescribing
  • continuing professional development 

How you will learn

The course is delivered via a distance learning model and consists of 26 taught days which are delivered entirely online and 12 days of supervised practice with assessment over 26 weeks (6 months). Students will also require personal study time which varies between individuals but can be in the region of 100 – 200 hours.

The course is delivered digitally using a diverse range of resources and packages including screencasts, online quizzes and Microsoft Teams seminars. There are five elements of assessment; numeracy examination, two-part portfolio, pharmacology examination, poster presentation and practice assessment. Students must achieve a pass mark on all five assessments to obtain the award. There is no compensation between assessments. 


Course dates 

January 2024 cohort: January to June 2024


How to apply and course requirements

The professional prescribing qualification is the same for both degree and masters level. If you do not require credits at masters level, we advise taking the course at degree level.

Application checklist

  • Complete all relevant forms for the level of study you wish to apply for
  • Clearly state the designated clinicians supporting your practice based learning
  • Include the course code and course start date in the personal statement section of your application
  • Upload scans of your qualification certificates - omission of this information may delay or invalidate your application (if applicable)
Incomplete application forms will not be accepted and students will be requested to reapply.


Guidance for completing Part 2 - MyNottingham application


Please refer to this guidance document for assistance with your MyNottingham application. 

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After submitting your application a member of the team will contact you about the next steps of your application.



We have a number of ways to study this course. Once your application has been processed, a member of the team will contact you by email with further instructions - please allow some time for this to happen.

Ways to apply for this course

Undergraduate course (Level 3)

Study at undergraduate level and add 40 credits to your learning record. Please complete part 1 and part 2.


For guidance on completing part 2, please see the how to apply and course requirements section on this page.


Postgraduate course (Level 4)

Study at postgraduate level and add 40 credits to your learning record. Please complete part 1 and part 2.


For guidance on completing part 2, please see the how to apply and course requirements section on this page.


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School of Health Sciences

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