Nursing - Advanced Practice

University of Limerick

Nursing - Advanced Practice

The programme provides a pathway, for registered nurses acknowledging academic achievements and clinical experiences of applicants to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally. Theory and practice are integrated throughout the overall programme structure. The programme is student-centred, relevant, responsive and offers an innovative learning experience in realising the university's vision of producing graduates who are 'knowledgeable, proactive, creative, responsible, collaborative and articulate' (UL graduate attributes).

NM6011 and NM6001 programme specific modules support the development of an advanced practitioner, who is innovative at assessing and managing risk; has responsibility for decisions made, is person centred, an interconnected team worker collaborates with colleagues has leadership abilities and is a patient advocate. NM6013 and NM6014 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum 1 and 2 modules whereby students are practice based, as part of the normal working week and supervised by mentors as agreed in a service led agreement with HSE partners.

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Year 1
Semester 1
• Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance
• Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals

Semester 2
• Professional, Ethical, Legal And Interprofessional Dimensions To Nurse/Midwife Prescribing and practicum
• Drug Action And Prescribing and practicum
• Advanced Health Assessment (9 credits)
• Clinical Practicum 1 & 2 In Nurse/Midwife Prescribing

Year 2
Semester 1
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 1

Semester 2
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 2

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. Have a minimum of an MSc degree in Nursing.

2. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI.

3. Provide evidence of support from an employer

4. Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical and professional mentor supervision (completed Site Declaration Forms).

5. Applicants must comply with current minimum entry requirements for admission to the programme of education for nurse/midwife prescribing; the candidate must have three years' recent post registration clinical experience in nursing (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the specific area of practice.

6. RPL Form

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

What to Include with your Application:
Qualification transcripts and certificates

A copy of your birth certificate or passport

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Guidelines on Completing your application
To ensure a speedy assessment of your application, please upload the above documents with your application form. Please title appropriately any documents you are uploading with the application form, for example "Supporting Statement", "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate" etc.


2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Key Fact:
The PGD in Advanced practice (Nursing), meets the educational pathway as laid down by the Department of Health, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Advanced Practice (Nursing) Standards and Requirements (NMBI 2017) and University of Limerick curriculum regulations. This approach supports credentialing towards registration as an Advanced Practitioner.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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