Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year
Graduate Certificate
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Louise Barry

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Brief Description

The Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Practice (Midwifery) is a part time level 9 programme providing registered midwives with opportunities to build on existing qualifications and clinical experience to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally. The programme aims to foster learning enabling practitioners to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced practice, meeting national health policy reform in addressing population healthcare needs. The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice (Midwifery) is a complementary addition to the MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery), as part of in a national collaboration between 5 universities (UCD, UCC, NUIG, TCD and UL and a successful Health Service Executive (HSE) tender, delivered in partnership with the HSE. The Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Practice (Midwifery), meets the educational pathway as laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), Department of Health and University of Limerick curriculum regulations. On completion, students will be eligible to apply for registration as an Advanced Midwife Practitioner (RAMP). Further information can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery webpage - click here


The primary aim of this programme is to enable the graduate to develop personally and professionally, to become a competent practitioner at advanced practice level. The realisation of this goal is guided by three key dimensions, encompassed within the education philosophy of the curriculum, focusing on the student, the professional understanding of midwifery and emerging practice levels.

• NM6001 and NM6011 programme specific modules support the development of an advanced practitioner, who is innovative at assessing and managing care in partnership with women, takes responsibility for decisions made, is person-centered and an active member of the multi-professional team.

• NM6003 and NM6004 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum 1 and 2 whereby students work in practice as part of the normal working week and supervised by mentors as agreed in a service led agreement with HSE partners. 

1 Year

Autumn (21 ECTS credits)

Spring /Summer (21 ECTS credits)

  • NM6001: Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance (9 credits)
  • NM6011: Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals (12 credits)
  • NM6003: Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Midwifery) 1 (9 credits)
  • NM6004: Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Midwifery) 2 (12 credits)
  • Have a minimum of an MSc degree in Nursing or Midwifery or equivalent. 
  • Have a certificate in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing.
  • Hold active registration on the midwife division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI.
  • Provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms.
  • Provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical and professional mentor (completed Site Declaration Forms). 

    Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical supervisor (consultant or Advance Practice Nurse) (completed Site Declaration Forms in below section). 

    The Professional Mentor form should be filled out by an Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) or higher.

    The Clinical Mentor form should be filled out by a Consultant Doctor or Advanced Practice Nurse.

    The Director of Nursing Support form should be filled out by the Director of Nursing (DON)

  • Applicants must comply with current minimum entry requirements for admission to the programme of education for nurse/midwife prescribing; the candidate must have three years’ recent post registration clinical experience in midwifery (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the specific area of practice.
  • RPL Form 

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate
  • Completed Post Registration Clinical Experience Form
  • Completed Site Declaration form - Professional Mentor AgreementClinical Mentor Agreement,  Director of Midwifery Support
  • CV
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €3,700 

Non- EU - €3,700

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

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