Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing)

(Level 8 NFQ 30 ECTS Credits) - Next Intake January 2020

Programme overview:
Our programme is the first of its type in Ireland, we have educated over 700 prescribers since 2007. The Certificate in Nursing (Nurse Midwife Prescribing) 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.

The programme is offered part time over six months and includes both theoretical and clinical instruction. The Certificate in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing 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. Many nurses and midwives having undertaken this programme continue their post graduate education to postgraduate diploma and masters level, preparing them for specialist or advanced practice roles.


Learning outcomes/aims:
On successful completion of this programme the student will:

  • Have a critical understanding of 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. 
  • Have detailed 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 
  • Critically analyse own learning needs through the use of reflective practice to facilitate a lifelong learning approach to personal and professional development. 
  • Have indepth insight into own learning, professional knowledge and requirements for professional competence

Programme structure:
This is a six month programme which runs in one semester encompassing three modules. The next intake for the the programme will be January 2020. 

Nurse Midwife Prescribing RCSI
Module name  ECTS credits  Assessment method 
Professional Accountability in Nurse Midwife Prescribing  10 Assignment and a Draft Collaborative Practice Agreement
Pharmacology and Prescribing Science  10 Examination  
Systematic Assessment & Evaluation in Patient Care  10 Clincal Assesment and Competency Booklet  

Who is this programme for?
This programme is primarily aimed at nurses/midwives who want to become registered nurse prescribers with NMBI and who:

  • Are registered on one of the divisions of the NMBI register
  • Have a minimum three years post registration experience within last 5 years with one year in the clinical area in which the applicant proposes to prescribe
  • Possesses competencies at level 8 of the NFQ
  • Can demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development
  • Possesses a competent level of information technology literacy
  • Are currently employed as a nurse or midwife in the voluntary and statutory services of the Health Service Executive or a private organisation
  • Has the support from employer to undertake the programme
  • Has the nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor

What next?
On successful completion many of our student progress further on their educational path pursuing Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Masters programmes. 

Programme Dates:
A timetable for the programme is available here: Timetable this programme is provisional, a confirmed timetable will be emailed to applicants later in the year.

More information:
If you would like further information on this programme please contact:

Programme Coordinator: Ms Yeukai Chikwamba (

Programme Director: Ms Chanel Watson (


How to apply?

Applications for this programme will open in Summer 2019