MSc Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP)

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 110)

The MSc Nursing (Advanced Practice) will prepare suitably qualified nurses to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced nursing practice. On successful completion of the programme nurses will be eligible to apply for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). This programme provides students with an opportunity to avail of an optional module in Prescription of Ionising Radiation.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners are highly skilled practitioners and clinical leaders delivering quality care to an agreed group of patients/clients. They are committed to gathering and disseminating nursing research, mentoring nurses, and sharing information in the classroom, clinical environment, on national/international stages and professional publications. Advanced Nurse Practitioners also serve as change agents who coordinate and evaluate health care, and formulate policy which advances nursing practice and improves patient/client outcomes.

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 course is for registered nurses interested in developing advanced practice knowledge and leadership skills to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate health care, in a defined setting and role.

The aim of the programme is to enable experienced registered nurses to develop the knowledge and skills required for registration as an advanced nurse practitioner and to undertake advanced practice roles that meet the challenges and developments within the health services. The programme further aims to support the student to develop her/his role as an autonomous member of the multidisciplinary health care team within the healthcare organisation and professional leaders in their field of specialist practice. The graduate, equipped with such knowledge and advanced skills will be eligible to apply to the NMBI for registration as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP).

You will learn advanced nursing assessment and diagnostic skills, and sharpen your analytical and critical thinking skills to enable you to independently evaluate, develop and provide optimum patient care through caseload management of a specific patient/client group. You will also gain the knowledge and experience to become a Registered Nurse Prescriber in medication and or ionising radiation.

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This curriculum design, content, and development incorporate the key concepts which support a broad-based education experience for students and in accordance with Advanced Practice (Nursing) Standards and Requirements (NMBI 2017). The MSc in Advanced Practice (Nursing) (ANP) is available as a part-time programme completed over two academic years from the date of first registration for the programme. This is a national programme. The programme is comprised of two research modules, three prescribing modules and four specialist advanced practice modules for completion over two years.

There are a number of exit strategies depending on prior academic achievements and are discussed on an individual basis.

MSc Nursing Advanced Practice modules are as follows:

Year Trimester Module ECTS
1 1

NMHS42960 Advanced Health Assessment


NMHS43780 Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance

  1 RDGY30540 Referring for Radiological Procedures 10

NMHS32170 Pharmacology: Nurse-Mid Prescribing

  2  NMHS 33140 Prescribing Practice Context 5

NMHS43750 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals

2 1 & 2 NMHS43760 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum 20
  1 & 2 NMHS44020 Dissertation: Evidence Translation 30

NMHS43770 Advanced Practice Decision Making


MSc Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP) (X844) Part Time
EU/NONEU    Year 1 - € 6000
EU/NONEU    Year 2 - € 6000 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2022 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2021/22
***Fees are subject to change


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Application Fee

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The following entry routes are available:

MSc Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP) PT (X844)
2 Years
Part Time