Professional Diploma Prescription of Medication

The Professional Diploma Prescription of Medication 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. Candidates registering to this programme must have sucessfully completed a level 8 NFQ Health Assessment module.

This programme provides the nurse or midwife with the requisite knowledge, skill and competence to prescribe medicines safely and effectively in accordance with legal and professional regulatory frameworks and standards. It is delivered in collaboration with lecturers from the Department of Pharmacology, UCD School of Medicine.

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. 

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer System                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ** NFQ - National Framework of Qualifications

Who is the programme for?

This programme is for any nurse or midwife who feels the extention of the authority to prescribe will enhance their role and improve the quality and standard of patient care. This extened 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 Helath 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.

Programme objectives

At the end of the programme the candidate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the regulatory framework associated with prescribing, including legislation and professional guidelines, supporting safe prescribing
  • Critically utilise evidence based knowledge and skill of patient/client assessment and consultation to achieve a holistic approach to patient/client care in the prescribing of medicinal products
  • Apply expert skills in clinical decision making in rleation to prescribing medicinal products
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of the multi-disciplinary team and effective communcation processes involved in safe medication management
Programme structure

The programme commences in January and runs over two trimesters.  It is comprised of three modules:

January - May (Trimester 2 - Spring)

  • Holistic Approaches to Prescribing (10 ECTS credits) 
  • Professional, Ethical, Legal and Communication Issues Informing Nurse-Midwife Prescribing (5 ECTS credits) 

January - End of July (Trimester 2 & 3 - Spring/Summer)

  • Clinical Practium Prescribing (5 ECTS credits) 

 

Teaching and Learning

Blended Learnng

All modules use a blended approach to teaching and learning.   This 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 broadband and proficiency in computer skills are essential. 

Theoretical Component

All classroom teaching is delivered on UCD Belfield campus and is scheduled on a Wednesday. Candidates received no less than 28 days (168 hours) theoretical instruction (to include self-directed study and exams).

Clinical Component

The clinical component runs over a minimium 26 week period. 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.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • Be registered as a nurse or midwife on the live register with NMBI
  • Be currently employed as a nurse or midwife 
  • Have a minimum of 3 years post-registration clinical experience (within the past 5 years) with at least one year in the area in which prescribing is proposed
  • Be in possession of competencies recognized at level 8 of the NQAI framework
  • Have sucessfully completed a Health Assessment module (minimium NFQ level 8)
  • Have a nominated and confirmated designated medical practitioner mentor
  • Have support from your employer to undertake this programme
  • Submit a Site Declaration Form signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery and Medical Mentor (Prescribing)
  • Submit a Clinical Site Audit Report signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery and Medical Mentor (Prescribing)
  • Provide evidence of continuous professional development and have the ability to study at level 8
  • Possess IT competencies
Documents to be submitted with your application

You must submit the following documents:

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.

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Fees

Employees of Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services 

The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses employed in the HSE to undertake this education programme.  Applicants are required to pay the 50 euro application fee.

All Other Applicants

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 you are being funded to do your programme, please make sure your organisation gets in contact with student.payments@ucd.ie. 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:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact student.payments@ucd.ie