Nursing - Advanced Practice

The MSc Advanced Practice (Nursing) provides registered nurses with opportunities to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally, to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced nursing practice, meeting national health policy reform in addressing population healthcare needs. This programme was developed in collaboration within a consortium that includes 5 universities: UCD, UCC, NUIG, TCD, and UL. The part-time Level 9 programme offers a range of modules supporting the development of an advanced practitioner, who is innovative at assessing and managing risk; has responsibility for decisions made, is research active, is person centered, an interconnected team worker and patient advocate. Theory and practice are integrated throughout the programme. On completion, students will be eligible to apply for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1
Autumn Semester

• Health Research Methods/Methodology
• Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance
• Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals

Spring Semester

• Professional, Ethical, Legal and Interpersonal Dimensions to Nurse/Midwife Prescribing
• Drug Action and Prescribing
• Advanced Health Assessment
• Clinical Practicum in Nursing/Midwifery Prescribing 1 & 2

Year 2

Autumn Semester
• Dissertation 1
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 1

Spring Semester
• Dissertation 2
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 2

Spring Semester

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of an honours primary degree in Nursing with a minimum award of 2h2 (level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland recognised ) or equivalent. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI. Recognition of appropriate prior learning. Provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms.

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.
Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical supervisor (completed Site Declaration Forms).

Application dates

What to Include with your Application

Qualification transcripts and certificates

NMBI registration certificate

Your Site Declaration Forms x 3: Professional Mentor Agreement,
Clinical Mentor Agreement, Director of Nursing Support

A copy of your birth certificate/passport (showing your legal name)

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


2 Years Full Time

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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