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About Advanced Nurse Practitioner at University College Cork


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.

Course Details

The programme has been developed with two pathways. Most ANP are required to be Nurse Prescribers and to also have a specialist qualification. For the nurses who are not currently nurse prescribers, Pathway 1 will provide them with this qualification in addition to the MSc and ANP requirements. For candidates who already have this qualification then Pathway 2 will provide a range of modules in specialist areas of practice.

Pathway 2

MSc Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice) with Nurse/Midwife Prescribing (50 credits)

Year 1.

NU6124 Global Perspectives on Advanced Practitioner Roles in Nursing (10 credits)

NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)

GP6002 Systematic Approach to Assessing and Evaluating Patients (10 credits)
NU6108 Professional, Legal, Ethical and Communication Principles of Prescribing Practices (5 credits)
PF6011 Drug Action and Prescribing (10 credits)
Clinical Practice/Practicum module:
NU6110 Prescribing in Nurse/Midwife Clinical Practice 1 (5 credits)

Year 2 (40 credits) both pathways

MH6014Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals(10 credits)

NU6073 Dissertation (20 credits)

NU6116 Advanced Practice in Nursing (10 credits)

Fact File

Course Code: CKX47 (Year 1), CKX46 (Year 2).

Course Title: Advanced Nurse Practitioner

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 1 year Part-Time (Postgrad Dip entry students); 2 years Part-Time (undergrad entry students)

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Year 1 EUR 5,805 and Year 2 EUR 4,695

2017 Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements below.

Closing Date: Please contact Dr. Alice Coffey

Next Intake: Please contact Dr. Alice Coffey

Course Practicalities

Course Administrator:

Ms Sheila Hedderman,; 00 353 21 4901560


Assessments for each module are outlined in the module descriptor. There are a number of types of assessment used to examine the theoretical elements on this programme. In Year 1 these include academic papers, presentations, and case studies depending on the learning outcomes of the module. In year 2 students complete similar assessments but also complete a research proposal and research dissertation. Each module learning outcomes will be assessed independently. The clinical modules will be assessed through the achievement of competencies that are recorded and supervised by mentors in the clinical area.

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at For full details of the application procedure click here. Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. This form is available to view hereSupplementaryQuestionsckx46 (221kB)

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway.

Further Contact Information

Course Administrator:

Ms Sheila Hedderman,; 00 353 21 4901560

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Notes about fees for this course

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Year 1 EUR 5,805 and Year 2 EUR 4,695

2017 Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements below.

Closing Date: Please contact Dr. Alice Coffey

Next Intake: Please contact Dr. Alice Coffey

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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