ProfCert Examination of the Newborn

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 10)

This programme is aimed to develop and advance the clinical skills of registered midwives to become competent practitioners in the complete (sometimes called 'discharge') physical examination and screening of the neonate.

An active learning format will empower you to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in a variety of ways. These will include online lectures, tutorials and workshops in a simulated, virtual clinical environment, specified learning activities, and autonomous self-directed learning.

The next intake for this programme will be September 2025.

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

The module is aimed at registered midwives who have the required experience in postnatal care.

The module is offered as part of an MSc in Midwifery Practice programme or as a stand alone module at level 9.  On successful completion of the module 10 credits (ECTS) will be awarded.

Autumn Trimester:  Involves a combination of live and pre-recorded online lectures, tutorials and a number of virtual workshops.

Spring Trimester: Involves undertaking 40 supervised clinical examinations of the newborn and successfully passing three formal assessments in the clinical area, as well as completing the related competency assessment documents, which includes a log of examinations, and structured reflections by the midwife as their scope of practice expands during the clinical component of the programme.


Students will be assessed via one online MCQ, and one short written assessment-combined weighting 50% and 40 competency based assessments in the clinical area weighting 50%

Students will be presented with problem-based learning scenarios throughout the programme for guided discussion and reflection.

  • Students will be motivated to continue independent learning, facilitating adaptation to the dynamically altering environment within society and maternity care to empower personal and professional development within variable and diverse maternity care settings
  • Demonstrate capacity to evaluate, critically analyse and apply research related to the examination of Newborn babies. Demonstrate the application and integration of best practice informed by national and international research in order to advance midwifery practice and delivery.
  • Use technology effectively to enhance midwifery practice and personal and professional development ensuring a contribution to learning, and the delivery of safe, evidence based maternity care.
  • Apply critical, creative, reflective, independent thinking and problem solving to demonstrate clinical decision making and care is safe, effective, evidence based and woman and family-centered. Promote leadership to evolve this midwifery led initiative.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with women, their families, advocates, the public, and professional peers in a competent, compassionate and professional manner that respects autonomy, dignity and privacy. Refer appropriately to the multi disciplinary team.

ProfCert Examination of the Newborn (X753) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 1810

***Fees are subject to change


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Student Queries

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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:

General information about UCD Fees

Applicants need a minimum of 2 years post registration experience in a postnatal/community or neonatal setting.

NB:  Applicants must secure a Lead Clinical Mentor/Assessor within a hospital setting and work with them to undertake forty complete (discharge) examinations of the newborn. The forty examinations may be undertaken on the postnatal ward or possibly during a newborn clinic. The mentor must closely supervise the first 25 examinations, then appropriately monitor and assess the student's progress throughout the clinical component of the module. The mentor/assessor should then conduct three, in-depth assessments of the student's competency in the last three of the forty examinations before signing the student off as competent in all standards and elements of the complete examination of the newborn.

Documents Required

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

Sinead Thompson (2019 Prof Cert and BSc Midwifery 2002 Graduate)

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)

The following entry routes are available:

Professional Certificate Examination of the Newborn PT (X753)
8 Months
Part Time

The next intake for this programme will be September 2025.

Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

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.