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Advance Practice

The Graduate Certificate Nursing Advanced Practice programme helps you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in your area of clinical practice. On completion of the programme you can apply for registration to become an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP).

Who is the Graduate Certificate Nursing Advanced Practice for?
This programme is aimed at educationally preparing nurses to become an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) in a relevant area of specialist practice. Advanced nursing practice is carried out by autonomous, experienced practitioners who are competent, accountable and responsible for their own practice.

Aim of programme
We aim to give you a strong theoretical and clinical foundation in advanced practice, leadership and research methods.

What will I learn?
You will learn about advanced clinical nursing knowledge and sharpen your analytical and critical thinking to enable you to independently provide optimum patient care through caseload management of acute and/or chronic illness.

How will I benefit?
The curriculum is designed to develop your advanced knowledge and skills to enable you to be competent to work as an advanced nurse practitioner. On successful completion of this programme you will be eligible to apply for accreditation as an ANP.

Highly focused on advancing clinical practice
This programme was the first of its kind in Ireland and is focused on developing advanced practical, leadership and research skills to enable graduates to be expert practitioners, researchers and clinical leaders..

Innovative modules
A central aspect of this programme is ensuring nurses develop the necessary assessment skills to carry out an advanced health assessment on patients. The use of clinical skills laboratories and clinical assessments in the student's clinical area provide an interactive and innovative learning experience. Clinical practicums are a key component of the programme and involves self-directed learning and assessment, engagement with lecturers in the clinical environment and the supervision of a mentor.

The student body who choose to undertake the Graduate Certificate Nursing Advanced Practice are self-selecting and have a vision for nursing. They are already leaders in nursing in Ireland and are drawn from a wide variety of clinical specialisms and organisations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between you and your class members, as well as from the academic staff.

Programme structure
This is a part-time degree, taking place over 1 calendar year. The programme starts in September and ends in August. Classes take place on Mondays in Semesters 1 and 2. In addition the students undertake clinical practicums where theory and clinical modules are applied directly to patient care.

The programme is broken down into two semesters (September to December and January to May) and the summer term. Lecturers work closely with you and your clinical mentor to ensure the course objectives are met.

Entry requirements

•Applicants must hold a Masters degree in nursing or a related subject, or hold an equivalent qualification
•Applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by NMBI (be registered as an RGN)
•Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development

Additional Requirements:
•Applicants must have a minimum of six years post-registration experience
•Applicants must have three years in the chosen area of specialist practice
•Applicants must provide evidence of continuing professional development
•Applicants must provide documented support from the Director of Nursing and Physician in your practice setting
•Applicants must designate a mentor who will provide support and supervision in practice


1 year part-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers / where can I go?
Prior to coming on the Graduate Certificate Nursing Advanced Practice programme it is necessary to identify, with your Director of Nursing, an advanced practice role in response to patient need. While on the programme your focus will be on developing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enable you to work as an advanced nurse practitioner. With your newly-developed advanced knowledge, clinical skills, leadership and research skills, you can work as an advanced nurse practitioner candidate and apply for accreditation as an advanced nurse practitioner.

You may wish to extend your project work and undertake a research degree.

Further enquiries

General Enquiries to:
Bernadette Manley
Tel: +353 1 716 6499

Academic Enquiries to:
Dr Eileen Furlong
Tel: +353 1 716 6478

Subjects taught

Students take the following modules:
• Advanced Health Assessment (15 ECTS)
• Symptom Management (7.5 ECTS)
• Case Management (7.5 ECTS)
• 2 x Clinical Practicums (10)

Application date

Closing Date: 30th June 2018
Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2018

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