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Nursing - Nurse / Midwife Prescribing

Your course
This certificate programme was developed in response to a need for nurses and midwives to prescribe in order to support high quality, person-centred care.

Course content
The programme is delivered over a six-month period. The modules are delivered in a blended learning format, using a combination of Blackboard and workshops in college. In addition, students will be mentored in their practice setting for the duration of the programme. This will include 12 days of direct supervision of the prescriptive process by a medical practitioner. The programme is comprised of three theory/practice modules and a clinical competency assessment in prescribing.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Externally approved: The course is approved by the NMBI.

2. It has a clinical focus, offering graduates the opportunities to develop specialist skills.

3. Flexible learning: Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1 Be registered as a nurse or midwife on the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI);

2 Be currently employed as a nurse or midwife;

3 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;

4 Possess the competencies recognised at Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications;

5 Provide evidence of having undertaken continuing professional education;

6 Have support from an employer to undertake the programme, evidenced by a completed Site Declaration Form;

7 Confirmation of a designated nurse/midwife/medical mentor, evidenced by a completed Site Declaration Form.


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

Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Catherine Meagher
T: +353 91 492 829

Subjects taught

Modules include: Physical Assessment Skills; Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues of Nurse and Midwife; Prescribing Drugs; Drugs, Patients and Illness; Clinical Competency—Prescribing.

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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