Higher Diploma in Midwifery

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

The 18-month Higher Diploma in Midwifery is for registered nurses who wish to pursue a career in midwifery. The programme builds on students' prior professional, academic and personal experiences. Following successful completion of the programme students are competent to fulfil the role of the midwife as outlined by the International Confederation of Midwives and are eligible to apply to register as a midwife with An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Higher Diploma in Midwifery must be registered on the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Registered General Nurse). A minimum of six months post registration experience as a RGN within the past 5years is required. Students must meet the normal minimal educational requirements for admission.

Duration: 18 months, full-time

Next start date: March 2015

ECTS weighting: 150

Average intake: 17

Closing date: September 2014

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

  • Application of the Biological Sciences to Midwifery 
  • Normal Midwifery Care I 
  • Evidence Based Practice 
  • Social Sciences (Sociology and Psychology) 
  • Normal Midwifery Care II 
  • Care of the Woman at risk I 
  • Clinical Practice 
  • Practice Assessment  
  • Care of the Woman at Risk II 
  • The Neonate requiring Special Care 
  • Issues in Midwifery Practice and Women's Health 
  • Clinical Practice 
  • Practice Assessment    

Applications and selections

Applications for Higher Diploma in Midwifery programme are made to the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Further information on the Higher Diploma recruitment can be found here.

Who teaches this course?

Teaching staff:

Miriam Brennan
Anne Fallon
Deirdre Van der Putten
Prof Declan Devane
Dr Mary O'Hara
Linda Biesty
Sally Millar

Find out more

Anne Fallon
T +353 91 495601
E anne.fallon@nuigalway.ie


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