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Professional Certificate in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing of Medicinal Products


Key Facts

Course Code:DPCNM-NMPR-1P09

Duration: 1 year part-time

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30th June

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

Fees: EU Non-EU
Year One HSE funded reduced fee €3,000 €6,000
Year One non-HSE self-financed €5,000 €10,000

Overview

The aim of this course is to equip nurses and midwives with the requisite knowledge, skills and competence to prescribe medicinal products safely and effectively. 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 (RNP). Students wishing to apply for a place on this course must be supported by a host Health Service Provider and a medical supervisor. .

Structure & Delivery

The aim of this Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing) is to equip nurses and midwives with the requisite knowledge, skills and competence to prescribe medicinal products safely and effectively.  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). 

Students wishing to apply for a place on this course must be supported by a host Health Service Provider and a medical supervisor. The Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/ Midwife Prescribing) will be a minor award at level 8 as set out by the National Framework of Qualifications.

Course Content

Students of the Certificate in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing of Medicinal Products take the following modules:

Entry Requirement

Each applicant must meet all three types of criteria namely professional, academic and clinical as follows:

Professional

  • Applicants must be registered in the General, Psychiatric, Children’s, Intellectual Disability, Midwifery or Public Health Nurse divisions of the active register maintained by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland; and
  • 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.

Academic

  • Possess competencies recognised at Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications (for example a higher diploma or an honours degree); and
  • Demonstrate evidence of further post-registration education (for example completion of The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland category I or II courses or other postgraduate courses)

Clinical Practice Experience

  • Be employed in a clinical area in Ireland that is approved by the course team and satisfy The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Requirements and Standards.
  • Submit a written commitment from a host organisation supporting the applicant for the clinical practicum. A Site Declaration Form signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health Nursing (or relevant nurse/midwife manager) must be submitted with the entry application
  • Submit a written confirmation from a medical practitioner who has agreed to act as a mentor for the required term of supervised practice (this mentor should also sign the Site Declaration Form).
  • Be familiar with information technology in particular email and internet use and have access to computer facilities including email and internet.

Documentation required to complete application

  • A copy of your current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration card.
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees must be included in your online application.
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses.
  • Copies of official awards (parchments) from completed educational courses.
  • Written commitment from your 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.

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.