Higher Diploma in Midwifery

Course Duration
18 Months
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
15 Places
Course Start Date
September 2019

Course Summary

The Higher Diploma in Midwifery is a 18-month full-time add-on course for Registered General Nurses who wish to become midwives. The programme is delivered in partnership with Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their duties as a midwife in accordance with the definition of a midwife adapted from the International Confederation of Midwives’ (ICM 2011) definition and adopted by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

The programme is normally divided into three semesters with a combination of theoretical and clinical modules being provided each semester.

Modules taught on the programme include:

Semester 1

  • HDip The Profession of Midwifery
  • HDip Midwifery Practice 1
  • HDip Midwifery and Women’s Health
  • HDip Clinical 1

Semester 2

  • HDip Midwifery Practice 2
  • HDip The Healthy Neonate
  • HDip Sensitive Midwifery
  • HDip Clinical 2

Semester 3

  • HDip Midwifery Practice 3
  • HDip The Complex Neonate
  • HDip Developing the Profession of Midwifery
  • HDip Clinical 3

*Please note modules are subject to change

The Higher Diploma in Midwifery programme will provide the appropriate foundation for midwives to practice following registration. This will be the basis of a career trajectory and will help prepare midwives for continuing professional development. Career pathways can be considered in terms of clinical, management, education and research pathways.

The HSE has identified that applicants must:

  • Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered
  • Have a minimum of 6 months post registration experience as an RGN within the past 3 years, working a minimum of 78 hours per month

Dr. Kathleen Nallen (Acting Head of Section of Midwifery)
Phone: +353-0429370264
Email: kathleen.nallen@dkit.ie

Dr. Anita Byrne (Programme Director for Midwifery)
Phone: 042 9370200
Email: anita.byrne@dkit.ie

Course ID HBS07485
Level 8
Duration 18 Months
Places 15
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September 2019
Apply to HSE

How to Apply

Applications for this HDip must be made through Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC) via the link below.

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