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:
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:
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
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:
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.
Referral for Radiological Procedures At the end of this programme you will be able to:
Prescribing Medicinal Products At the end of this programme you will be able to:
September – December (Autumn Trimester)
Module: NMHS42960 Advanced Health Assessment (NFQ Level 9)
Module: Referring for Radiological Procedures. There are three module options, choose ONE:
January – May (Spring Trimester)
Module: NMHS32170 Pharmacology Nurse-Midwife Prescribing
Module: NMHS33140 Prescribing Practice Context
January – August (Spring & Summer Trimesters)
Module: 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.
Autumn Trimester (Sept- Dec)
Module: ‘Referring for Radiological Procedures’ (options Adult or Children or Adult and Children)
This module has both theory and clinical components. Theoretical content is delivered online over a two day period in week one. All online lectures are live (i.e. synchronous). Lecture Timetable*:
Clinical exposure consists of no less than 100 hours. Clinical instruction comprises 10 episodes of referral for medical radiological procedures, documented and recorded as a demonstration of competence under the supervision of a medical mentor practitioner. All candidates must be working in the area where the clinical practicum will occur for the duration of the programme.
Module: Advanced Health Assessment
This module uses a blended approach to teaching and learning. The majority of online lectures are asynchronous. You are required to attend two clinical skills laboratories on UCD Belfield campus on designated days (dates and times to be confirmed - probably on Wednesdays).
Spring Trimester (Jan – May)
Module: Pharmacology: Nurse-Midwife Prescribing
Lectures are delivered using a blended approach. All face to face and live online lectures are delivered on a Wednesday between 13.00-16.00pm .
Module: Prescribing Practice Context
Lectures are delivered using a blended approach. All face to face and live online lecutures are delivered on a Wednesday (up to 18.00pm on some days).
Spring &Summer Trimester (Jan – End of July)
Module: Clinical Practicum Prescribing
Clinical learning is comprised of 26 weeks clinical exposure in the area in which you currently work and in which you intend to prescribe once registered as a Registered Nurse-Midwife Prescriber. A designated medical practitioner mentor will provide 96 hours clinical instruction. Students must complete 10 medicinal product prescribing case studies (i.e. seven formative and three summative) under the supervision of a medical practitioner.
Applicants are required to:
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)
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 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
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 student.payments@ucd.
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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:
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:
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