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Nursing-Advanced Practice (ANP)


Key Facts

Course Code: DPTNM-ANED-3P01

Duration: 2 years PT

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30 June

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.

Overview

 

This course prepares suitably qualified, experienced nurses, who wish to pursue a career as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes. The course provides the student with a broad-based education experience incorporating the key concepts of person centred care, autonomy and empowerment, professional ethics, consultation and collaboration and professional leadership thus enabling them to practice at the highest professional standards across the spectrum of care. Upon successful completion of this course the graduate will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for registration as a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP). Graduate who meet the professional requirements may be eligible to apply for Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP). Upon successful completion of this course, the graduate who meets the required academic and professional criteria will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) for registration as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP).

Applicants who already hold a MSc in Nursing may be eligible to complete a one year Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing – Advanced Practice (ANP) in line with year one of the Masters.

Applicants who already have a Masters in Nursing and who are active as a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) may be eligible to complete a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice. (ANP); and will undertake the following two modules: 

Advanced Practice in the Clinical Practicum with defined pathways (20 ECTS)
Decisions Making, Nursing and Advanced Practice Professional Roles (10 ECTS)

The various entrance and exit strategies depend on prior academic achievements and professional registrations and are arranged on an individual basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the School of Nursing and Midwifery to discuss individual requirements.

Structure & Delivery

Year One

Normally commences with a full week in September and thereafter generally one to two days per week for the remainder of 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./P.Grad.Dip. (and P.Grad.Cert.) in Nursing-Advanced Practice (ANP) 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.


Year Two of the part-time MSc

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. At the end of Year Two M. Sc. Students are required to submit a dissertation on a subject related to their field of study.

Course Content

Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing – Advanced Practice (ANP)

  • Decision Making, Nursing and Advanced Practice Professional roles (10 ECTS)
  • Advanced Practice in the Clinical Practicum with defined pathways (20 ECTS)

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing – Advanced Practice (ANP)

  • 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)

Masters in Nursing – Advanced Practice (ANP) two year part-time
Year One

  • 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)

Year Two

  • 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, the P.Grad.Cert. carries 30 ECTS credits.

Clinical Placement

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.

Clinical Allocations

Clinical Skills Centre

Entry Requirement

The criteria for admission are that the candidate must

Academic Criteria
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.

Professional Criteria
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

Applicants who already hold a MSc in Nursing and who meet the professional requirements as set out above, may be eligible to complete a one year Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP).
To apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP), choose the following option on the APPLY HERE page: Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP) P.Grad.Dip, 1 year part-time (Course Code: DPDNM-ANED-1P09)


Applicants who already hold a MSc in Nursing and who are already registered as Nurse Prescribers with NMBI and who otherwise meet the professional requirements as set out above, may be eligible to apply directly to the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing – Advanced Practice (ANP). To apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing – Advanced Practice (ANP), choose the following option on the APPLY HERE page: Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP) P.Grad.Cert, 1 year part-time  (Course Code: DPCNM-ANED-1P09)

Documentation required to complete application

Language

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:

Examination

Minimum Level Required

IELTS Grade 6.5
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.