The Professional Diploma Prescribing Medicinal Products prepares the nurse or midwife for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) as a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) or a Registered Midwife Prescriber (RMP). This is a 20 ECTS* credit, level 8 NFQ** special purpose award.
This programme provides the nurse or midwife with the requisite knowledge, skill and competence to prescribe medicinal products safely and effectively in accordance with legal and professional regulatory frameworks and standards. It is delivered in collaboration with lecturers from UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science.
Candidates registering to this programme must have successfully completed at a minimum level 8 NFQ Health Assessment module. If you have not successfully completed a Health Assessment module, please apply for the X644 Professional Diploma Prescription of Medication (with Health Assessment).
Prior to applying to UCD:
The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses and midwives employed in the HSE to undertake this education programme.
You may also be interested viewing in the University Certificate Prescribing Medicinal Products and Referring for Radiological Procedures which combines two programmes into one (i.e. the 'Professional Diploma Prescription of Medication' and the 'Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures').
* ECTS - European Credit Transfer System
** NFQ - National Framework of Qualifications
This programme is for any nurse or midwife who feels the extension of the authority to prescribe will enhance their role and improve the quality and standard of patient care. This extended role must be discussed and approved in advance with your Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health.
This programme is for any General, Psychiatric, Children's, Intellectual Disability Registered Nurse or Midwife or Registered Public Health Nurse, who has three years post registration clinical experience (within the past five years) with the equivalent of one year full time experience in the specific area of practice in which they wish to prescribe.
At the end of the programme the candidate will be able to:
The programme commences in January, runs over two trimesters and comprises three modules:
January - May (Spring Trimester)
January - August (Spring & Summer Trimesters)
Some modules are delivered using face-to-face classroom teaching while others use a blended approach to teaching and learning. Using a blended approach offers greater flexibility and choice about when, where and how you want to learn. Blended learning requires a high level of personal motivation, self-discipline and an aptitude for self-directed learning. Brightspace (a web-based virtual learning environment) is used extensively. Access to fast broadband and proficiency in computer skills are essential.
Normally, all face-to-face classroom teaching is delivered on UCD Belfield campus and is scheduled each Wednesday from January to May. Candidates received no less than 28 days (168 hours) theoretical instruction (to include self-directed study and exams). Due to Corona virus restrictions, face-to-face classroom teaching may be delivered live each Wednesday via virtual classroom.
The clinical component runs over a minimum 26 week period (i.e January to August). Candidates receive no less than 12 days (96 hours) of clinical instruction under the supervision of a named medical practitioner. All candidates must be working in the area where the clinical practicum will occur for the duration of the programme. Discretionary practice placements may be selected based upon individual student identified needs. Students are required to complete 10 prescribing case studies (seven formative and three summative) under the supervision of a medical practitioner. The assessment of competence is comprised of three summative assessments and a record of having completed 96 hours clinical instruction.
You must submit the following documents:
Please note: Failure to submit the required documentation or parts thereof prior to the application closing date will result in your application being rejected.
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.
Failure to submit the required documentation or parts thereof prior to the application closing date will result in your application being rejected.
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.
Funded Students: Employees of the Health Services Executive
If you are an employee of the Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services and your Director of Nursing supports your application, then the HSE will fund you to undertake this education programme. Please note, funded applicants must pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.
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).
Please note that UCD fees are subject to change annually. The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students.
If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this is not a student facing email address.
If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk:
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.
More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below: