ProfDip Prescription of Medication with Health Assessment

UG Certificates & Diplomas (level 8 nfq)

Applications for January 2025 will open from 1st October 2024 - 15th November 2024.

The Professional Diploma Prescription of Medication (with Health Assessment) prepares the nurse or midwife for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) as a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) or a Registered Midwife Prescriber (RMP).  This is a 30 ECTS* credit, level 8 NFQ** special purpose award.

This programme provides the nurse or midwife with the requisite knowledge, skill and competence to prescribe medicinal products safely and effectively in accordance with legal and professional regulatory frameworks and standards. It is delivered in collaboration with lecturers from UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science.

If you have successfully completed a level 8 Health Assessment modules (which includes physical examination skills of all systems), please apply to X642 Professional Diploma Prescription.

Prior to applying to UCD: 

  1. Ensure you meet the entry criteria (see entry requirements)
  2. Discuss becoming a registered nurse/midwife prescriber and your potential scope of prescribing practice with your medical consultation
  3. Contact your DON/DOM/DOPHN to discuss your education needs
  4. If you are a HSE employee, you must apply to the HSE ONMSD and secure funding prior to applying to the education provider (i.e. UCD). For information on who can apply and how to apply for funding click here
  5. Discuss local 'prescribing medicinal product' policies, procedures and guidelines with the Prescribing Site Co-ordinator in the context of your application.

Please note:

  • Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who meet the entry criteria, have uploaded fully complete required documentation and paid the application fee.  Once capacity is reached, no further offers will be made.  You are advised to apply early so as to avoid disappointment.  The application system may be closed early if capacity is reached before the closing date. 

The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses and midwives employed in the HSE to undertake this education programme. 

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer System 

** NFQ - National Framework of Qualifications

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This programme is for any nurse or midwife who feels the extension of the authority to prescribe will enhance their role and improve the quality and standard of patient care. This extended role must be discussed and approved in advance with your Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health.

This programme is for any General, Psychiatric, Children's, Intellectual Disability Registered Nurse or Midwife or Registered Public Health Nurse, who has three years post registration clinical experience (within the past five years) with the equivalent of one year full time experience in the specific area of practice in which they wish to prescribe.

At the end of this programme candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the regulatory framework associated with prescribing, including legislation and professional guidelines, supporting safe prescribing
  • Critically utilise evidence based knowledge and skill of patient/client assessment and consultation to achieve a holistic approach to patient/client care in the prescribing of medicinal products
  • Apply expert skills in clinical decision making in relation to prescribing medicinal products
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of the multi-disciplinary team and effective communication processes involved in safe medication management

View All Modules Here

Programme Structure

NMHS32170 Pharmacology: Nurse-Midwife Prescribing  (January to May)

NMHS33140 Prescribing Practice Context  (January to May)

NMHS43980 Advanced Health Assessment (January to May)

NMHS33150 Clinical Practicum Prescribing  (January to August)

Teaching and Learning

Theoretical lectures are delivered using a blended approach.  All online lectures are live and recorded. All face-to-face lectures are delivered on Wednesdays in UCD Belfield campus.  Online learning requires a high level of personal motivation, self-discipline, and an aptitude for self-directed learning.  Brightspace (a web-based virtual learning environment) is used extensively.  Access to broadband and proficiency in computer skills are essential.  

Clinical learning is comprised of 26 weeks clinical exposure in the area in which you currently work. A designated medical practitioner mentor will provide 96 hours clinical instruction. Students must complete 10 medicinal product prescribing case studies under the supervision of the medical practitioner as a demonstration of competence.


Click here to see X644 Provisional Prescribing Master Timetable January - July 2024. Please note this timetable is provisional and subject to change. 

Funded Students: Employees of the Health Services Executive  

If your Director of Nursing supports your application, and if you are an employee of the Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services, then the HSE will fund you to undertake this education programme. For information on who can apply and how to apply for HSE funding please click here.  Funding must be approved prior to applying to UCD. Please note, HSE funded applicants must pay the €60 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.


If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts Please note this is not a student facing email address.

Student Queries:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk:

Application Fee:

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €60 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

Entry Requirments

You must:

  • Be registered as a nurse or midwife on the liver register with the NMBI
  • Be currently employed as a nurse or midwife
  • Have a minimium of 3 years post-registration clinical experience (within the past 5 years) with at least one year in the area in which prescribing is proposed
  • Have completed an NFQ Level 8 degree or international equivalent 
  • Possess IT competencies

Documents Required

  • Validated copies of Certificate/Diploma/Degree awards in Nursing
  • Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
  • A photocopy of current NMBI registration
  • A copy of your birth certificate or personal page of passport
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
  • Site Declaration Form (Only up to date fully complete Site Declaration Forms will be accepted)
  • If HSE funded, copy of email verifying approval of funding

Please note:  Failure to submit the required documentation or parts thereof prior to the application closing date will result in your application being rejected.

We have many wonderful graduates of the Prof. Dip programme and some have shared their stories with us. Please have a read of some of the inspiring alumni stories linked below:

Clare Kennedy (BSc General Nursing 2007, HDip Midwifery 2011, Prof Dip Prescription of Medication with Health Assessment 2016, Prof Dip Obstetric Ultrasound 2018, Prof Cert Examination of the Newborn 2019)

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €60 application fee (as of 1st October 2023). Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

For the January 2025 start, the application system is open from 1st October 2024 to 15th November 2024.

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Failure to submit the required documentation or parts thereof prior to the application closing date will result in your application being rejected.  Please note, the application system may close early if capacity is reached.

Does this programme have an official conferring ceremony?

Please note there is no online or in-person conferring ceremony for this programme. Your parchment will be posted to you by UCD Conferring.