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Nurse Prescribing

The Certificate Nurse/Midwife Prescribing will give you the theoretical and practical knowledge to be competent in medication management. The course complies with the statutory, professional and interdisciplinary framework for the development of expertise in the area of prescriptive authority.

The course is first and foremost about making a difference, and has provided the opportunity for nurses and midwives to expand their roles to meet the needs of patients and service users within their area of expertise. The course will also enhance your professional capacity so that services are more patient-focused, thereby delivering better outcomes.

The Certificate Nurse/Midwife Prescribing is a six-month full-time course consisting of 11 days theory and a practical element of 96 hours achieved through mentorship in the clinical setting. The clinical element of the course is provided in your specific clinical practice area with instruction and supervision from a dedicated medical practitioner who will act as your mentor.

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
◾Registration as a nurse or midwife on the live register of An Bord Altranais
◾Minimum of 3 years post-registration clinical experience (the required clinical practice experience must have been gained within the past 5 years with at least one year in the area in which prescribing is proposed and excludes time spent undertaking further post registration programmes)
◾Possession of competencies recognised at Level 8 of the NQAI framework
◾Demonstration of continuous professional development and ability to study at Level 8
◾Support from employer and completed Site Self-Declaration Form, signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health
◾Nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor (completed Site Self-Declaration Form, signed by the Medical Practitioner/Mentor) who will provide the student with supervision, support and opportunities including shadowing opportunities.

The nurse or midwife must contact the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health to discuss the identified need for nurse and midwife prescribing in their area/organisation. In addition consideration needs to be given to developing the nurse and midwife prescribing initiative in relation to a number of issues including, legislative and professional practice requirements and standards, clinical governance structures, scope of practice, clinical competency, mentoring arrangements, multidisciplinary partnership and the individuals ability to undertake the education programme and capability to meet the requirements of the new role and the capacity to drive and develop the new initiative safely. The nurse or midwife must seek the approval of their Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health to apply for the education programme. A nurse or midwife must satisfy the criteria as determined by the Higher Education Institution and the Implementation Group on Nurse/Midwife Prescribing as set out in the entry requirements.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


6 Months full-time

Careers or further progression

Nurse/Midwife Prescribing offers the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and a knowledge base to inform evidence-based practice.

Further enquiries

Rena Creedon
Phone: + 353 21 490 1495

Subjects taught

Programme Requirements
Students take 30 credits as follows:

GP5000 Systematic Assessment and Evaluation in Patient Care (10 credits)

NU5048 Professional, Ethical and Legal Practice, Communication Aspects of Prescribing and Clinical Practicum (10 credits)

PF5011 Drug Action and Prescribing (10 credits)


Unique Aspects of the Course
Nurse/Midwife Prescribing is one of very few postgraduate education courses available nationwide relating to prescriptive authority. It draws together a broad-based approach to contemporary issues in the field. This course provides candidates with the educational foundation to develop their career, offering them a pathway to the second year of the MSc in Nursing within UCC. This in turn supports candidates’ progression to Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Nurse Practitioner roles within nursing.

Assessment method

This course is student-centred. Methods of teaching range from online activities to lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. The course will develop self-directed learning through assignment writing, case-study presentation and observed structured long examination record examination (OSLER).

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

Closing Date 16th June 2017

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE €3,000 (per academic year)

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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