M.Sc/P.Grad Dip. in Nursing - Advanced Practice
Course Code: DPTNM-ANED-1P09
Duration: 2 years PT
Next Intake: September annually
Closing date for applications: 30th June
Location: 24 D'Olier Street
This course prepares suitably qualified, experienced nurses to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise in advanced nursing practise to deliver direct healthcare of the highest professional standards to patients and clients while pursuing a career in clinical nursing practice. Upon successful completion of
this course the graduate will be eligible to apply to the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland for registration as a registered Nurse Prescriber (RPN).
Structure & Delivery
Normally commences with a full week in September and thereafter generally one day per week for the remainder of the academic year.
Attendance at workshops and classes throughout the
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.
- NU7018 Advancing the Professional Role - ANP (10)
- NU7511 Prescribing Medicinal Products & Ionising Radiation (10)
- NU7514 Anatomy & Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (10)
- NU7515 Advanced Physical Assessment (10)
- NU7513 Advanced Practice (20)
Students who already hold an M.Sc. in Nursing or an allied health sciences subject may be eligible to exit at the end of year one with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing - Advanced Practice
- NU7013 Theory and Practice of Enquiry Methods for Healthcare (10)
- NU7011 Leadership & Quality in Healthcare (10)
- NU8007 Dissertation (30)
Students undertaking the MSc in Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice in Emergency Nursing) are required to work in an Emergency Department; for a minimum of 1,000 hours (approx. 40 weeks). This clinical placement takes place during the first year of the course and occurs in the students own area of employment under supervision of an experienced senior clinician.
The most significant factor in establishing a climate conducive to teaching/learning is the formation of the relationship between clinical teacher and student. The clinical teacher is multifaceted and involves the individual to act as role model, teacher, facilitator, supervisor, guide and evaluator and in the true sense of the word assumes the guardianship of individual students. The mentors will make a considerable contribution in the clinical learning environment by utilising motivational principles, critical thinking strategies and collaborative decision making to allow for student control over his/her learning. Creating opportunities for role modelling, demonstration of expertise in practice and devoting time to critical incident analysis also form part of the mentor role. In addition their role includes guiding the student's clinical learning experience while simultaneously acting as role model and clinical resource. While on clinical placement the student will enjoy a one-to-one arrangement with a named mentor.
The criteria for admission are that the candidate must
(i) Current registration on the relevant Nursing division of the register held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
(ii) Clinical experience in relevant nursing speciality (in accordance with TCD/NMBI/HSE policy requirements)
(iii) Written commitment/memo of understanding from host organisation to support the student for the clinical practicum (to include prescribing of medicinal products and ionising radiation)
(iv) Satisfactory clinical audit of host site/ hospital as a suitable learning environment for the relevant speciality
(v) Hold a 2.1 honours degree in nursing or equivalent professional and academic qualification or otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course
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/memo of understanding from the Director of Nursing 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 downloadable site declaration form signed by the Director of Nursing must be submitted with the student’s application. This must also be signed by the Medical Practitioner.
Flexibility in Progression from P.Grad.Cert. and P.Grad.Dip. to M.Sc.
Upon successful completion of year one modules, totalling 60 ECTS credits, students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) or may progress further on the Master (M.Sc.) programme.
Students who have passed all modules without compensation are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake a M.Sc. within five years of first entering the programme.
Upon successful completion of six modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 60 ECTS credits, students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) or may progress further on the Master (M.Sc.) programme.
Students who are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake a M.Sc. within fiver years of first entering the programme.
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.