Course Description

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Nurses are required to take on advanced practice roles to meet the challenges and developments within the health service. Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP) are registered with An Bord Altranais having gained the clinical competence to practice autonomously in a specific practice area at an advanced level. This Masters in Nursing programme will prepare experienced nurses for registration as ANP. The programme is delivered part-time over two years with a choice of two pathways:

Pathway 1 Advanced Nursing Practice

Pathway 2 Advanced Nursing Practice with Nurse/Midwife Prescribing

With the potential alternative exit award:

Postgraduate Certificate in Nurse/Midwife prescribing (30 credits)

The programme provides a broad range of modules (subject to availability) in specialist areas of nursing from which students can choose modules particular to their own area of practice. In this programme emphasis is placed on the clinical practice element. Each student will require support and mentorship by advanced practitioners and medical mentors in clinical areas and students will only be accepted on the programme if supported by their employer.

CollegeUniversity College Cork (UCC)
Course LocationCork
Course CategoryNursing, Medicine & Healthcare
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyNational University of Ireland
Course Duration1 year Part-Time (Postgrad Dip entry students); 2 years Part-Time (undergrad entry students)
Course Fee2017/2018 Irish/EU Year 1: 5,805 and Year 2: 4,695
Entry RequirementsApplicants for the MSc in Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice) are required to: (a) have a minimum of an honours primary degree in Nursing, (b)hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by An Bord Altranais or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways. (c) non EU Applicants who require to do their clinical placement in Ireland and who will be registered with An Bord Altranais will be required to demonstrate fluency (IELTS 7 or higher) in English if English is not the first language, (d) have of a minimum of 7 years post-registration experience. This must have been gained within the past 8 years with at least 5 years in the area in which advanced nursing practice is being pursued (f) provide evidence of support from an employer and a completed Site Declaration Form, signed by the Director of Nursing/Public Health/ authorised Nurse Manager containing confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor/and or Advanced Nurse Practitioner mentor who will provide supervision, support and learning opportunities, including opportunities to practice under supervision to gain the required competencies and clinical competence to practice at an advanced level in nursing. For Pathway 2, (In addition to the above entry requirements) applicants are required to: (g) provide nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor (completed Site Self-Declaration Form, signed by the Medical Practitioner/Mentor) who will provide the student with supervision, support and opportunities including shadowing opportunities to gain the required competencies for nurse prescribing in his/her practice area/organisation. Applicants must contact their Director of Nursing/Public Health to discuss the identified need for nurse prescribing in his/her practice area/organisation. Direct Entry to Year 2 Applicants who have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Year 1 or a relevant Higher Diploma programme may be considered for entry into Year 2 on a case by case basis. These applicants will be will be required to undertake NU6116 in addition to the 2nd year modules Applicants who have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Year 1 may be eligible to apply for entry to Year 2 but will be required to undertake NU6116 in addition to the 2ndyear modules. If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
Phone00 353 21 4901560
Course CodeCKX47 CKX46
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