The Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing) is a six month course in the UL Department of Nursing & Midwifery that aims to prepare nurses/midwives as independent prescribers enabling them to provide patients with effective access to medications and expands the role of nurses and midwives in progressing the health care needs of the future.

This course facilitates flexible, student-friendly access to learning and students will be based in practice throughout. Each participant will be under the guidance of a formally agreed medical practitioner, who will provide student supervision and support learning opportunities. 

Full course details can be found on the Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing) course page.

Due to the nature of the course, there are a number of strict entry requirements for applicants.


  • Registration as nurse or midwife on the live register of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Minimum of 3 years post-registration clinical experience (The required clinical practice experience must have been gained within the past 5 years with at least one year in the area in which prescribing is proposed and excludes time spent undertaking further post registration programmes)
  • Possession of competencies recognised at Level 8 of the NQAI framework
  • Demonstration of continuous professional development and the ability to study at level 8


What to Include with your Application

  • Evidence of up-to-date live registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for the current year.

  • Relevant Level 8 or above education transcripts/certificates.


Further Documentary requirements

Once applicants have submitted their application form, they will be contacted by the University seeking submission of additional forms (which will be attached), including a Site Declaration Form and a Supplementary Information Form.​

  • Support from employer and complete Site Declaration Form, signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health
  • Nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor (completed site declaration form signed by the Medical practitioner/Mentor) who will provide the student with supervision support and opportunities including shadowing opportunities during the period of the programme.

Applications for the next course, which runs in January 2023, are now open.

The closing date for applications is 01 November 2022.

How to apply

Applications for the Certificate of Nursing (Nurse/Midwife) Prescribing must be made via the online Undergraduate Application Form.

Applicants who complete the online application form will be contacted and requested to submit supplementary information in order to complete the application process.

Instructions on Applying Directly to University of Limerick.

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