Master of Health Sciences
(Advanced Practice with Prescribing)
College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences
This programme has been developed to meet the educational requirements of nurses and Midwives who seek to become Advanced Practitioners. It provides not only the theoretical requirements but supports the clinical development particularly in relation the physical assessment and pharmacology related to the specialist area of advanced practice.
Outcomes of the programme include the developed portfolio and the masters qualification as required by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann. The programme also leads to registration as a nurse prescriber (subject to approval). The programme is part-time over two years and is delivered in a blended format.
Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that learning/teaching is delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your home computer. Face-to-face learning/teaching takes the form of 2 or 3 workshops (depending on the module) each semester. Students will therefore attend for 2 or 3 days a semester, plus and orientation day prior to the commencement of the first year.
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
1. Have attained at least an upper Second Class Honours degree in Nursing/Midwifery or Nursing/Midwifery Studies at H2.1 or at H2.2 with appropriate experience
OR a Higher Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing /Midwifery Studies with appropriate experience or meet the required standard in the MHSc Nursing Qualifying Examination;
2. Be a registered nurse or midwife on the General, Mental Health, Midwifery or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the active Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;
OR Hold a professional nursing qualification deemed to be equivalent by the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences;
OR Hold an appropriate active nursing registration as recognised in the country in which they practice;
3. Have practised as a nurse/midwife for five years postregistration, three of which include experience in the chosen area of expertise (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes;
4. Have support of the Director of Nursing in the place of employment, and written agreement for clinical supervision.
2 years, part-time
Next start date: September 2014
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 6 (minimum)
Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing dates website.
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
Professor Kathleen Murphy, RN, RNT, Dip Nursing, Dip Nursing Education, M.Sc, B.A, PhD.
Dr Adeline Cooney, M. Med.Sc., BNS, RGN, RNT, PhD.
Declan Devane, M.Sc., Pg Dip (Stats), B.Sc., Dip. HE, RGN, RM, RNT
Siobhán Smyth, RMN,Dip.CPN; RNT; PG.Dip CHSE; BNS (Hons); MSc
Lorraine Mee, M.Sc., B.Sc., R.G.N., R.M. , R.C.N.T., R.N.T
Dr Maura Dowling, M.Sc., BNS, RNT, RGN, RM, Cert. Oncology, PhD
Bernard McCarthy, Dip.Nurse Mgt. (RCSI), Cert.Adult. Ed. (City & Guilds), B.Sc. (South Bank), C.Q.A.M. (GMIT), M.Sc. (Dub.)
Requirements and assessment
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T: + 353 91 492 998
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €3,065 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)
- Student levy: €224 p.a. 2013/14
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2013/14
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Shirley Angland, Teresa Meenaghan & Alison van Laar
Master of Health Sciences (Advanced Practice Nursing/Midwifery)
Shirley, Teresa and Alison van Laar all studied together on this Masters programme. They undertook the course to prepare them to apply for accreditation as Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners. They found undertaking the programme a positive experience, both professionally and personally; describing the experience as “ enjoyable”, “ supportive” and one which “opens doors and opportunities” in nursing.