Nursing - Midwifery - Maternal Critical Care

The Professional Certificate Maternal Critical Care is offered on a part-time basis over one calender year. The programme will equip maternity care staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide critical maternity care.

This professional certificate programme is designed to meet the needs of maternity care staff practising in Obstetrics and Gynaecological critical care. The programme is presented as a 10-credit professional certificate

The aim of the programme is to equip maternity care staff with the necessary knowledge and related skills to provide critical maternity care.

Our teaching methods offer the best of both worlds, face to face interactive and online learning thereby reducing the amount of contact time required on campus. The design of the programme combines the convenience and flexibility of online learning to facilitate the needs of busy working professionals. Clinical skills are taught in small group settings.

Subjects taught

The programme is offered on a part-time basis over one calendar year. The first trimester concentrates on theory and focuses on the conditions that give rise to critical illness, rapid deterioration and emergencies during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, inclusive of underlying related pathophysiology. The second trimester focuses on clinical skill acquisition in the clinical skills laboratory. The programme content is aimed at providing a strong theoretical and practical grounding that will enable practitioners to develop an analytical approach to clinical decision-making.

Entry requirements

The Professional Certificate Maternal Critical Care is open to nursing and midwifery practitioners who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Candidates should have at least three years' experience in a relevant clinical area. In addition, it is essential that they are involved in the direct care of childbearing women. Candidates should hold an appropriate level 8 qualification, or equivalent.

Application dates

Closing Date: 24 August 2021

Visit and search for your programme code X843. You will be required to complete an online application form and upload supporting documentation. Once you have submitted the online form, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted within a short period.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

Documents to be submitted with your application

Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant

Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of NMBI registration

Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport

Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)

Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)

Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)


1 year part-time
The programme commences in the Autumn Trimester. Lectures are delivered on a monthly basis requiring 3 days attendance in combination with E-tivities. In the Spring Trimester, students will be offered a series of clinical skill acquisition workshops and simulations requiring one day's attendance on a monthly basis over four separate occasions.

Post Course Info

The programme will afford students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills when caring for critically ill women. Students will also enhance their knowledge and skills for meeting the ongoing care needs of women in contemporary maternity care.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

  • Apply to

    Course provider