University Certificate Prescription of Medication & Ionising Radiation (X-Ray)

The University Certificate 'Prescription of Medication and Ionising Radiation (X-Ray)' prepares the nurse for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Irelands (NMBI) medicines prescribing register as a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) .  It also prepares the nurse to prescribe ionising radiation (x-ray). Candidates can choose from three ionising radiation (x-ray) module options: Adults or Child or Adult and Child.  This is a 40 ECTS* credit, level 8 NFQ** minor award.

This programme provides the registered nurse with the requisite knowledge, skill and competence to prescribe 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 and the Department of Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging, UCD School of Medicine.

The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses 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 registered in the General Nurse Division of the Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) 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.   Registered Childrens's Nurses may undertake the childrens programmes.

It is recommended that candidates have 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 this programme the candidate will be able to:

Prescription of Medication

  • 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

Prescription of Ionising Radiation X-Ray

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the regulatory framework associated with authority to prescribe ionising radiation (x-ray), including the legislation and professional guidelines, supporting safe practice
  • Critically utilise evidence based knowledge and skill of patient/client assessment and consultation to achieve a holistic approach to patient/client care in prescribing ionising radiation (x-ray)
  • Apply clinical decision making skills in relation to prescribing ionising radiation (x-ray) within her/his scope of practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of radiological sciences in relation to ionising radiation (x-ray) and its implication on patient/client safety
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and knowledge of the role of the multi-disciplinary team management involved in safe and appropiate use of ionising radiation (x-ray)

 

Programme structure

This programme commences in September and runs over three trimesters.  It is comprised of five modules:

September - December (Trimester 1  - Autumn)

  • Prescription of Ionising Radiation X-ray (Adult or Child or Adult & Child) (10 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Health Assessment* (10 ECTS credits)

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)

Advanced Health Assessment is NFQ Level 9 

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.  

Prescription of Ionising Radiation (X-Ray)

This one module is comprised of both theoretical and clinical components.

  • Theoretical Component:  The theoretical component is delivered face-to-face over a two day period at the beginning of the Autumn Trimester (September).  All classroom teaching is delivered on UCD Belfield campus. Candidates received no less than 30 hours theoretical instruction (to include self-directed study and exams).
  • Clinical Component:  The clinical component runs throughout the trimester.  Clinical instruction shall be no less than 10 episodes of prescribing ionising radiation (x-ray) (to include a demonstration of competence) 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.  For candidates registered to the 'Adult & Child' ionising radiation (x-ray) option, 50% of the clinical assessment will focus on prescribing for the adults and 50% on prescribing for the child. 

Prescription of Medication

The prescription of medication is comprised of four theoretical modules and one clinical module.

  • Theoretical Modules:  All classroom teaching is delivered on UCD Belfield campus in the Spring Trimester (January - May) 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 Module:  The clinical module runs over a minimium 26 week period (January - End of July). 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 on the General Nurse Division of the NMBI live register 
  • Be registered on the Children's Nurse Division of the NMBI live register or if working as a Neonatal Nurse you must have the appropriate Neonatal Nurse qualification (if applying for the children's programme)
  • Be currently employed as a Nurse 
  • Have a minimum of 3 years post-registration clinical experience in the area in which prescribing is proposed
  • Be in possession of competencies recognized at level 8 of the NQAI framework
  • Have a letter of recommendation and support from your line manager to undertake this programme
  • Have documented proof of a designated named clinical medical supervisor for the prescribing of ionizing radiation (x-ray) and prescribing of medications 
  • Submit a prescribing of ionising radiation x-ray Site Declaration Form signed by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Medical Supervisor and Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist)
  • Submit a prescribing of medication Site Declaration Form signed by the Director of Nursing and Medical Mentor
  • Provide evidence of continuous professional development and an ability to study at NQAI level 8
  • Possess IT competencies
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

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

Professional Reference Form

Evidence of Continued Professional Development

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

Site Declaration Form Prescribing of Ionising Radiation signed by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Supervisor and Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist). 

Site Declaration Form Prescribing of Medication signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery and Medical Mentor (Prescribing). 

Clinical Site Audit Tool Prescribing of Ionising Radiation signed by the Director of Nursing and Chair of Local implementation Group. 

Clinical Site Audit Tool Prescribing of Medication signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery and Medical Mentor (Prescribing). 

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

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

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