Professional Certificate Examination of the New Born


Aim of the module

To develop and advance the clinical skills of registered midwives to become competent practitioners in the complete (sometimes called 'discharge') physical examination and screening of the neonate.

Who should apply

The module is aimed at registered midwives who have the required experience in postnatal care. Application is now open for Sept 2020, and the module will be run over 2 trimesters (completion by May 2021*).

*assuming all theoretical and clinical requirements completed on time"

Delivery of programme

The module is offered as part of an MSc in Midwifery Practice programme or as a stand alone module at level 9.  On successful completion of the module 10 credits (ECTS) will be awarded.

Autumn Trimester:  Involves a combination of live and pre-recorded online lectures, tutorials and a number of virtual workshops.

Spring Trimester: Involves undertaking 40 supervised clinical examinations of the newborn and successfully passing three formal assessments in the clinical area, as well as completing the related competency assessment documents, which includes a log of examinations, and structured reflections by the midwife as their scope of practice expands during the clinical component of the programme.

Teaching methods

An active learning format will empower you to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in a variety of ways. These will include online lectures, tutorials and workshops in a simulated, virtual clinical environment, specified learning activities, and autonomous self-directed learning.


Students will be assessed via one online MCQ, and one short written assessment-combined weighting 50% and 40 competency based assessments in the clinical area weighting 50%

Students will be presented with problem-based learning scenarios throughout the programme for guided discussion and reflection.

Entry requirements

Applicants need a minimum of 2 years post registration experience in a postnatal/community or neonatal setting.

NB:  Applicants must secure a Lead Clinical Mentor/Assessor within a hospital setting and work with them to undertake forty complete (discharge) examinations of the newborn. The forty examinations may be undertaken on the postnatal ward or possibly during a newborn clinic. The mentor must closely supervise the first 25 examinations, then appropriately monitor and assess the student's progress throughout the clinical component of the module. The mentor/assessor should then conduct three, in-depth assessments of the student's competency in the last three of the forty examinations before signing the student off as competent in all standards and elements of the complete examination of the newborn.

Documents to be submitted with your application
How to apply

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.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

Apply online


The fees for your programme can be found at the links below. Search using your major code (the four-digit code beginning with 'X' which can be found in the key information box on this page).

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Application Fee:

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
  • An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
  • Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
  • If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.


Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning