Nursing - Advanced Practice

The Postgraduate Certificate Advanced practice (Nursing) is a part time level 9 programme providing registered nurses with opportunities to build on existing qualifications and clinical experience to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally. The programme aims to foster learning to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced practice, meeting national health policy reform in addressing population healthcare needs.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice (Nursing) is a complementary addition to the MSc Advanced practice (Nursing), as part of in a national collaboration between 5 universities (UCD, UCC, NUIG, TCD and UL and a successful Health Service Executive(HS) tender, delivered in partnership with HSE. The Postgraduate Certificate Advanced practice (Nursing), meets the educational pathway as laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Department of Health and University of Limerick curriculum regulations. On completion, students will be eligible to apply for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP).

Key Fact
The primary aim of this programme is to enable the graduate to develop personally & professionally, to become a competent practitioner at specialist practice level. The realisation of this goal is guided by three key dimensions, encompassed within the education philosophy of the curriculum, focusing on the student, the professional understanding of nursing and emerging practice levels.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1

Autumn Semester
• Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance
• Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals

Spring/Summer Semester
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 1
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 2

Entry requirements

Who can apply

Applicants must have a minimum of an MSc degree in Nursing. Have a certificate in Nurse Midwife Prescribing. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI. Provide evidence of support from Director of Nursing. Provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical and professional mentor (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.

Application dates

What to Include with your Application

Qualification transcripts and certificates

A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate

Completed Site Declaration form - Professional Mentor Agreement, Clinical Mentor Agreement, Director of Nursing Support


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


1 Year Full Time

More details
  • Qualification letters

    Postgrad Cert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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    Course provider