University Certificate Prescribing Medicinal Products and Referring for Radiological Procedures

The University Certificate Prescribing Medicinal Products and Referring for Radiological Procedures provides the Registered Nurse with the knowledge, skill and competence to prescribe medicinal products and refer patients for radiological procedures safely and effectively in accordance with legal and professional regulatory frameworks and standards. 

This is a 40 ECTS* credit, level 8 NFQ** minor award. There are three programme options:

  1. X908 University Certificate Prescribing Medicinal Products and Referring for Radiological Procedures (Children)
  2. X909 University Certificate Prescribing Medicinal Products and Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult)
  3. X910 University Certificate Prescribing Medicinal Products and Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult & Children)

On successful completion of the prescribing of medicinal products component of this programme, Registered Nurses are eligible to apply to the Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) division of the NMBI register. This programme is delivered by lecturers from the UCD School of Medicine - Department of Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging, and UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science in collaboration with UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Prior to applying to UCD:

Please note:

  • There are a limited number of places available on this programme.  All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and offers made in July. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who meet the entry criteria, have uploaded fully complete required documentation and paid the application fee.  Once capacity is reached, no further offers will be made.  You are advised to apply early so as to avoid disappointment. 

The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses employed in the HSE to undertake this education programme. 

You may also be interested in viewing the Professional Diploma Prescribing of Medicinal Products  or the Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures education programmes.

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer System

** NFQ - National Framework of Qualifications

Who is the programme for?

This programme is for any nurse or childrens nurse currently registered in a division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Irelands (NMBI) live Register, who feels the extension of the authority to prescribe medicinal products and refer patients for radiological procedures will enhance their role and improve the quality and standard of care they provide.  

Applicants must be currently registered in a division of the NMBI Register for the following progamme options: 

  • Adult  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register 
  • Adult and Children  - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register
  • Children's  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse and/or a children's nurse in the NMBI Register 

It is recommended that candidates have three years recent post registration clinical experience (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of one year full time experience in the specific area of practice in which prescribing of medicinal products is proposed.

Programme objectives

Referral for Radiological Procedures   At the end of this programme you will be able to:

  • Critically utilize evidence-based knowledge and skill in conducting a person’s assessment and consultation to achieve a holistic approach to a person’s care when referring for medical radiological procedures
  • Apply clinical decision-making skills in relation to referring persons for medical radiological and other imaging procedures within their scope of practice
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the legislative and regulatory framework associated with nurse authority to refer persons for medical radiological procedures, including professional guidelines, supporting safe practice
  • Know the justification process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of medical radiological procedures and other imaging procedures and their implication in a person’s safety
  • Understand the principles of radiation protection of the person and staff
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and knowledge of the role of the multidisciplinary team management involved for the safe and appropriate use of medical radiological procedures and other imaging procedures
  • Understand the role of the practitioner in the referral process
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the person and practitioner safety

 Prescribing Medicinal Products  At the end of this programme you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the regulatory framework associated with prescribing, including legislation and professional guidelines, supporting safe prescribing
  • Critically utilize 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 relation to prescribing medicinal products
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role do the multi-disciplinary team and effective communication processes involved in safe medication management

 

Programme structure

This programme commences in September and runs over three trimesters (Autumn, Spring and Summer).   There are three ‘Referring for Radiological Procedure’ optional module choices, i.e. Adult, Children or Adult & Children.

September – December (Autumn Trimester)

  • NMHS42960 Advanced Health Assessment*
  • Choose one option:
  1. RDGY30540 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult)
  2. RDGY30550 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Children)
  3. RDGY30560 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult and Children)

January – May (Spring Trimester)

  • NMHS32170 Pharmacology for Nurse-Midwife Prescribing
  • NMHS33140 Prescribing Practice Context

January – August (Spring & Summer Trimesters)

  • NMHS33150 Clinical Practicum Prescribing

*Please note:  If you have successfully completed an NFQ level 8/9 Health Assessment module you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for module NMHS42960 when applying for this course.

 

 

Teaching and Learning

This programme uses a blended approach to teachiing and learning that included both face-ro-face and online learning strategies.  Face-to-face classroom teaching occurs on UCD Belfield campus.  If classes cannot be delivered face-to-face due to Coronavirus restrictions, classes will be delivered virtually.  Virtual learning provides students with live interactive learning experiences that can be accessed remotely.  All types of online learning require 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.  

Autumn Trimester (Sept- Dec)

  • The ‘Referring for Radiological Procedures’ module has both theoretical and clinical components.   The theoretical component is delivered over a two-day period on UCD Belield campus in September (dates to be confirmed).  Candidates receive no less than 30 hours theoretical instruction (to include self-directed study and exams).  If Covid-19 restrictions persist, the theoretical component will be delivered live via virtual classroom in Brightspace. The clinical component is comprised of no less than 100 hours.  Clinical instruction shall be no fewer than 10 episode of referral for radiological procedures (i.e. 10 episode for the Adult programme, 10 episodes for the Childrens Programme, and 5 Adult episode and 5 Childrens episodes for the Adult and Childrens programme). 
  • The Advanced Health Assessment module is delivered virtually via Brightspace every Wednesday. However, some practical laboratory work may be required.  Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the delivery of clinical skills laboratory teaching and assessment is under review.

Spring Trimester (Jan – May)

  • The prescribing of medicinal product theoretical modules (Pharmacology for Nurse-Midwife Prescribing, Advanced Health Assessment and Prescribing Practice Context) are delivered in the Spring Trimester.  Face-to-face lectures occur each Wednesday on UCD Belfield campus.  Advanced Health Assessment is normally scheduled on Wednesday mornings with other modules scheduled on Wednesday afternoons.  If Covid-19 restrictions persist, the theoretical component will be delivered live each Wednesday via virtual classroom in Brightspace.

Spring &Summer Trimester (Jan – End of July)

  • The Prescribing of Medicinal Product ‘Clinical Practicum Prescribing’ module runs from January to the end of July. All learning and clinical supervison occurs in the clinical site in which the student is currently employed.   Students are required to complete 10 prescribing case studies (seven formative and three summative) under the supervision of a medical practitioner.   The assessment of clinical competence occurs in the clinical practicum and involves three summative assessments and a record of having completed 96 hours clinical instructions.

*Please note:  All dates are provisional and subject to change

  

 

 

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to:

  • Be currently registered in a division of the NMBI live Register for the following programme options:  
  1. Adult  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register 
  2. Adult and Children  - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register
  3. Children's  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse and/or a children's nurse in the NMBI Register 
  • Be currently employed as a Registered Nurse and/or Registered Children’s Nurse in the area in which you wish to practice for the duration of the programme
  • Have a minimum of three years recent post registration clinical experience (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of one-year full time experience in the specific area of practice in which prescribing of medicinal products is proposed.
  • Be in possession of competencies recognized at NFQ level 8 
  • Submit two Site Declaration From (i.e. (1) Prescribing of Medicinal Products and (2) Referring for Radiological Procedures) signed by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Medical Supervisor (s) and Head of Radiology agreeing to provide you with support and clinical supervision towards the achievement of the required competencies for the duration of the programme
  • Be IT competent and have access to fast and reliable broadband

  

 

Documents to be submitted with your application

Validated copies of Certificate/Diploma/Degree awards in Nursing

Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant

A current photocopy of your NMBI registration (to include division of register)

A copy of your birth certificate or personal page of current passport

Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English) 

Site Declaration Form (Referring for Radiological Procedures) (Only up to date Site Declaration Forms will be accepted)

Site Declaration Form (Prescribing Medicinal Products) (Only up to date Site Declaraion Forms will be accepted)

How to apply

Applications are made online through UCD Applications Please note:  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 

 

Fees
Funded Students: Employees of Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services 
 
If your Director of Nursing supports your application, and if you are an employee of the Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services, 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.
 
UCD Fees

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. 

Funding:

If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts student.payments@ucd.ie. Please note this is not a student facing email address.

Student Queries:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk:

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https://www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/

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.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

 
 
Please note: UCD fees are subject to change annually.  The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students
 
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.

TO APPLY FOR RPL PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:  https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=APPLY

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