Nursing-Advanced Practice (ANP)
Course Code: DPTNM-ANED-3P01
Duration: 2 years PT
Next Intake: September annually
Closing date for applications: 30th June
Location: 24 D'Olier Street
The aim of this course is to enable experienced registered nurses to develop the knowledge and skills required for registration as an advanced nurse practitioner and to undertake advanced practice roles that meet the challenges and developments within the health services. The focus is on advanced health assessment, nursing and health diagnoses, planning, intervention, and evaluation of the care that clients and their families receive. The programme is designed to prepare the students as autonomous practitioners, who are clinically competent and skilled in the delivery of high quality direct care to a specific patient /client group. The programme further aims to support the student to develop her/his role as an autonomous member of the multidisciplinary health care team within the healthcare organisation and professional leaders in their field of specialist practice. The graduate, equipped with such knowledge and advanced skills will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) for registration as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP).
Structure & Delivery
Academic learning normally commences with a full week in September and thereafter generally one day per week for the remainder of the academic year, The course involves on-site practice learning.
Attendance at workshops and classes throughout the academic year.
A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments. Students undertaking the M.Sc. in Nursing – Advanced Practice are required to work in their area of practice for a minimum of 500 hours during Year One. This clinical placement takes place under the supervision of an experienced senior clinician.
- Professional, Ethical, Legal and Communication Issues informing Nurse and Midwife Prescribing and Clinical Practicum (10 ECTS)
- Decision Making, Nursing and Advanced Practice Professional roles (10 ECTS)
- Advanced Health Assessment (10 ECTS)
- Prescribing Medicinal Products & Ionising Radiation (10 ECTS)
- Advanced Practice in the Clinical Practicum with defined pathways (20 ECTS)
- Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance (10 ECTS)
- Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 ECTS)
- Dissertation in Nursing (30 ECTS)
The M.Sc. carries 110 ECTS credits, the P.Grad.Dip. carries 60 ECTS credits.
Students undertaking the Nursing-Advanced Practice (ANP) programme are required to work in the area of practice.. The programme requires a strong commitment to the integration of theory and practice. Students are expected to integrate the theoretical content of the programme into the clinical setting and thus demonstrate understanding and proficiency in their clinical roles. To ensure this is being achieved a lecturer /practitioner with associated responsibilities will visit participants with their preceptors/mentors in their clinical practice area.
The clinical component of the programme is co-ordinated by a member of the programme team and facilitated by a designated Medical Practitioner and/or Advanced Nurse Practitioner/mentor who will provide supervision, support and learning opportunities, including opportunities to practice under supervision to gain the required competencies and clinical competence to practice at an advanced level in nursing in their specific practice setting. Opportunities for observations and supervision in practice areas relevant to the student specific learning outcomes are also sought and arranged by the course co-ordinator. The preceptor / mentor is expected to provide the student with supervision, support and learning opportunities over the duration of the programme with a specific requirement of 500 hours of direct supervision of advanced clinical practice.
Central to the nurse/midwife advanced practice competencies the successful completion is the verification of 500 supervised hours with their preceptor/mentor. Note: for candidates taking the prescribing component of the programme, an additional 96 hours of supervised practice is required. For candidates taking the ionizing radiation module, a total of 10 supervised episodes is required.
The criteria for admission are that the candidate must
1. Hold an honors degree in Nursing Studies or equivalent; and
2. Or otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course, subject to the discretion/permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
3. Current registration on the relevant Nursing Division maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland; and
4. Have a minimum of three years post-registration clinical experience during the last five years with at least one year full-time experience in the specific area of practice.
5. Have received a written commitment from host organisation to support the student for the clinical practicum (to include prescribing of medicinal products and ionising radiation)
6. The host hospital must obtain a satisfactory clinical audit as a suitable learning environment for the relevant speciality
Students who already hold a MSc in Nursing or MSc in Midwifery or relevant subject and who meet the professional requirements as set out above, may be eligible to complete a one year postgraduate diploma in Advanced Practice.
Documentation required to complete application
- A copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration.
- 1 academic and 1 professional reference.
- Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses.
- Copies of official awards (parchments) from completed educational courses.
- Written commitment from the Director of Nursing/Midwifery to support the student during the clinical practicum and to nominate a suitably qualified practitioner to act as a clinical supervisor/mentor during the student's clinical learning experience.
- A site declaration form signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery must be submitted with the student’s application. This must also be signed by the Medical Practitioner/ Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner who will act as clinical supervisor.
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
Minimum Level Required
|TOEFL||230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based|
|Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English||Grade C|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English||Grade C|
|Pearson Test of English||PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)|
Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.
For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.