Nursing - Nurse / Midwife Prescribing

Course Overview
This programme's development is in response to a need for nurses and midwives to prescribe, in order to support high quality person-centred care. This follows from two key reports which mooted the extension of prescriptive authority for nurses and midwives; i.e. The Commission on Nursing in 1998, followed by the Review of the Scope and Practice for Nursing and Midwifery Final report in 2000. This recommendation was comprehensively evaluated in a 3½ year joint project by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann and the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in 2005. The review concluded that prescriptive authority should be extended to nurses and midwives. A further implementation project in 2008 put in place the regulatory, professional and support requirements which enabled nurses and midwives to take on this role. Prescriptive authority was extended to nurses and midwives by the Minister for Health and Children in 2007.

Nurses and midwives prescribe within the confines of robust legislation and professional regulation and their scope of practice. Improving client care is core to this extended role.

The programme is delivered over a six-month period. Students will attend college for an induction day and three-days of workshop for each module (10 days in total). In addition, students will be mentored in their practice setting for the duration of the programme which will include 12 days of direct supervision of the prescriptive process by a designated medical practitioner.

The programme is comprised of three theory/practice modules a clinical competency assessment in prescribing.

Subjects taught

Advanced Health Assessment.
Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing Drugs
Pharmacology, Health and Medicinal Prescribing.
Clinical Competency - Prescribing

Entry requirements

Check supporting documents website for documentation that needs to be uploaded as part of your application.

Please note to be eligible to apply you need to be:
- Be registered as a nurse or midwife on the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) (please include CV with this detail);
- Be currently employed as a nurse or midwife(please include CV with this detail);
- Have a minimum of three years’ recent post-registration clinical experience in nursing or midwifery (within the last five years), with the equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the specific area of practice in which prescribing is proposed (please include CV with this detail);
- Possess the competencies recognised at Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications (please include CV with this detail);
- Provide evidence of having undertaken continuing professional education;
- Have support of both a Professional (DON, ADON/Practice Manager) and Clinical (medical consultant or general practicitioner) Mentor for 96 hours of clinical mentorship, evidenced by a completed Site Declaration Form

- Completed Site Declaration form to include:
Clearly printed names and signatures of your Professional and Clinical Mentors that have agreed to support your application and will be in position for the duration of your programme
You contact details - that you access frequently
Your current role
You highest level of education
Clearly stated if HSE or Non-HSE staff member
Signed statement by director or manager the length of time that you are in your current role and that you will remain in this role for the duration of the course
Sign off of funding
If Candidate ANP

Application dates

How to apply
We encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible.

Review/Closing Dates (for Taught Programmes)
For most programmes, University of Galway does not set specific closing dates for receipt of applications. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and course quotas will be reviewed continuously throughout the application cycle with the exception of applications for some programmes which are reviewed after the specified closing date. Candidates who do not have their final degree marks available may be made a conditional (provisional) offer.

Online Application
Applications to most postgraduate programmes at University of Galway are made online via (see "Application Weblink").


CERT-NMPS (September intake); CERT-NMPJ (January intake).

6 months, full-time; two intakes each year (January and September).

Enrolment dates

Next Start Date: September 2024, registrations now open. The closing date for the certificate in nurse/midwife prescribing programme (September 2024 intake, CERT-NMPS) will be the 7th of June 2024.

Course Codes:
CERT-NMPS (September intake); CERT-NMPJ (January intake).

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
This programme will equip students with the competencies and skills needed to take on the extended role of prescribing medicines.

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