Course Details

Course Code:
2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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Brief Description

The programme aims to foster learning to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced practice, meeting national health policy reform in addressing population healthcare needs.

The programme provides a pathway, for registered nurses acknowledging academic achievements and clinical experiences of applicants to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally. Theory and practice are integrated throughout the overall programme structure. The programme is student-centred, relevant, responsive and offers an innovative learning experience in realising the university’s vision of producing graduates who are ‘knowledgeable, proactive, creative, responsible, collaborative and articulate’ (UL graduate attributes) 

NM6011 and NM6001 programme specific modules support the development of an advanced practitioner, who is innovative at assessing and managing risk; has responsibility for decisions made, is person centred, an interconnected team worker collaborates with colleagues has leadership abilities and is a patient advocate. NM6013 and NM6014 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum 1 and 2 modules whereby students are practice based, as part of the normal working week and supervised by mentors as agreed in a service led agreement with HSE partners.

Semester 1 ( 21 ECTS credits)

Semester 2 (36 ECTS credits)

  • NM6001 Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance (9 Credits)
  • NM6011 Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals (12 Credits)
  • NS5251 Professional, Ethical, Legal And Interprofessional Dimensions To Nurse/Midwife Prescribing and practicum (9 credits)
  • NS5261 Drug Action And Prescribing and practicum (9 credits)
  • NM6002 Advanced Health Assessment (9 credits)
  • NS5281 & NS5282 Clinical Practicum 1 & 2 In Nurse/Midwife Prescribing (9 credits)

Year 2 (51 ECTS credits)

Semester 1 (9 ECTS credits)

Semester 2 (12 ECTS credits)

  • NM6013 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 1 (9 credits)
  • NM6014 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 2 (12 credits)

The PGD in Advanced practice (Nursing), meets the educational pathway as laid down by the Department of Health, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Advanced Practice (Nursing) Standards and Requirements (NMBI 2017) and University of Limerick curriculum regulations. This approach supports credentialing towards registration as an Advanced Practitioner

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a minimum of an MSc degree in Nursing. 
  2. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI.  
  3.  Provide evidence of support from an employer  
  4.  Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical and professional mentor supervision (completed Site Declaration Forms).  
  5.  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 nursing (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the specific area of practice. 
  6. RPL Form

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • 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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