Higher Diploma in Midwifery

Course Duration
18 Months
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
15 Places
Course Start Date
March 2018

Course Summary

The Higher Diploma in Midwifery is a 18-month full-time add-on course for 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 by An Bord Altranais (2005).

Modules taught on the programme include:

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Midwifery Practice 2
  • Sensitive Midwifery
  • The Health Neonate
  • Clinical 2

Semester 3

  • Midwifery Practice 3
  • The Complex Neonate
  • Developing the Profession of Midwifery
  • 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 Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann or entitled to be so registered.
  • Have a minimum of 6 months post registration experience as an RGN within the past 3 years (by closing date for receipt of completed applications), working a minimum of 78 hours per month.

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

Ann Marie Connor (Midwifery Practice Development Co-ordinator, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda)
Phone: +353 41 9837601 ex 2488
Email: annmarie.connor@hse.ie

Course ID HBS05787
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 March 2018
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How to Apply

You should apply by Thursday 19th October at 12 noon 

via the HSE by clicking the link below:

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More information is available via the HSE Website

For other enquiries contact:

Ann Marie Connor

Midwifery Practice Development Co-ordinator

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

E: annmarie.connor@hse.ie 

T: +353 41- 9837601 / +353 860217742