Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Advanced Practice)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

This programme's development is in response to a demand from Masters Graduates for a programme that prepares them for the roles of Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP). Nurses who have completed Masters programmes not specifically designed to prepare Advanced Nurse Practitioners for practice, require further specialist knowledge and skills in order to pursue a role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. This programme's development is a direct response to that demand. The programme leads to registration as a nurse prescriber (subject to approval).

Special Features
The programme is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann and and has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills. It is offered through a blended learning format - combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching.

Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.


Key facts

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  1. Have attained a Masters degree in nursing, or its equivalent;

  2. Be a registered nurse on the General, Midwifery, Mental Health, or Learning
    Disability Nurse divisions of the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann; 

  3. Have practiced as a nurse or midwife for a minimum of six years post-registration, four of which include experience in the chosen area of expertise (exclusive of post-registration educational programmes);

  4. Written evidence of support for the applicant from their Director of Nursing and written evidence of support for the applicant from an appropriate clinical supervisor.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: No Limit

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Mode of study: Blended Learning

Course outline

Modules include:

  • Modules that prepare students for advanced practice in their specialist area, for instance, physical assessment skills and clinical decision making. Students also prepare a portfolio of advancing skills (transition to advanced practice Part 1 and Part 2).

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

The programme team's decision is based on the applicant meeting all the entry criteria and on their written application, to include written evidence of support for the applicant from their Director of Nursing. This written support should include agreement to facilitate the applicants development of core and specific advanced practice competencies and written evidence of support for the applicant from an appropriate clinical supervisor.

Who teaches this course?

Professor Kathleen Murphy, RN, RNT, Dip Nursing, Dip Nursing Education, MSc, BA, PhD 
Dr. Adeline Cooney, M MedSc., BNS, RGN, RNT, PhD
Declan Devane, MSc, Pg Dip (Stats), BSc, Dip HE, RGN, RM, RNT
Dr Maura Dowling, MSc, BNS, RNT, RGN, RM, Cert Oncology, PhD
Evelyn Byrne, MSc, RCNT, RGN RCN
Miriam Brennan, MSc, BNS, RNT RM, RGN
Lorraine Mee, MSc, BSc, RGN, RM , RCNT, RNT

Requirements and assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework, OSCE, and clinical assessments.

Find out more

Dr Maura Dowling
T: +353 91 493 833

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,845 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €4,621 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

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