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Nurse - Midwife Prescribing

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Nurse - Midwife Prescribing at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is the first of its kind in Ireland and offers appropriately qualified nurses and midwives the opportunity to enhance the care they provide to patients, clients and service users through the use of their prescriptive authority.


The fully accredited six-month part-time programme prepares nurses and midwives, from an education perspective, to prescribe medicines within their scope of practice.

It is offered to all nurses and midwives who meet the entry criteria and have the support of their employer and a designated medical mentor irrespective of their clinical grade or area of clinical practice.

Many nurses and midwives who having undertaken this programme continue their postgraduate education to postgraduate diploma and masters level, preparing them for specialist or advanced practice roles.

Learning outcomes

This Nurse - Midwife Prescribing programme at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland will provide you with the skills and knowledge to: 

  • Understand the necessary professional knowledge base (theory, concepts and methods) pertaining to the role of registered nurse prescriber.  
  • Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills required to be a competent registered nurse prescriber.  
  • Develop the specialised knowledge and understanding necessary to be a competent registered nurse prescriber.  
  • Demonstrate the practical and critical thinking skills required to exercise appropriate judgement in decision-making around the prescribing of medications.  
  • Critically appraise the role of the nurse with prescriptive authority within the context of relevant legislation, professional guidance and clinical governance structures. 
  • Lead patient care within the context of collaborative working. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Professional Accountability in Nurse Midwife Prescribing
  • Pharmacology and Prescribing Science
  • Systematic Assessment & Evaluation in Patient Care

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Be registered as a nurse or midwife on the Active Register of An Bord Altranais.
  • currently be employed as a nurse or midwife.
  • Have a minimum of three years post-registration clinical experience (within the past five years) with at least one year in the area in which prescribing is proposed.
  • Have competencies recognised at Level 8 of the NQAI Framework.
  • Demonstrate continuous professional development and the ability to study at Level 8.
  • Have the support of your employer to undertake programme.
  • Have the nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor.

Tuition Fee


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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