Nursing - Advanced Practice

Key programme benefits to future students
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, University of Galway, 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.

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

Autumn Modules
• Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance
• Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 1
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 2

Entry requirements

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.

Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical supervisor (consultant or Advance Practice Nurse) (completed Site Declaration Forms in below section).

The Professional Mentor form should be filled out by an Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) or higher.

The Clinical Mentor form should be filled out by a Consultant Doctor or Advanced Practice Nurse.

The Director of Nursing Support form should be filled out by the Director of Nursing (DON)

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. Post Registration Clinical Experience (please complete and upload with your application).

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 Post Registration Clinical Experience Form
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

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.

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year part-time, blended.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers
On completion, students will be eligible to apply for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP).

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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