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Submit post registration programmes of education to NMBI 

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and QQI accredited Centres of Nursing & Midwifery Education submit programmes of education to NMBI for approval.  Post registration programmes of education are classified as follows. 

Programmes of education are classified as follows: 

  • Major award-type: A major award-type represents a significant volume of learning outcomes.
  • Minor award-type: A minor award-type will be part of the learning outcomes associated with one or more major award-types at a given level in the Framework of Qualifications. Minor awards may be combined with other learning outcomes towards a major or special purpose award.
  • Supplemental award-type: Programmes leading to such award can be refresher, updating or continuing education and training. In some cases there may be regulatory requirements for such awards. Learning at this level has not traditionally been explicitly recognised in the formal systems of awards.
  • Special-purpose award-type: Awards at this level are made for specific relatively narrow purposes. They may comprise learning outcomes that also form part of major awards. Special-purpose awards may form the basis for transfer into more broadly based major awards at the same level and thus progression on to higher awards.

*Note: while NMBI can approve awards from all of these classes of named awards if they meet the Standards and Requirements, only major award types at level 8 and above will be approved as NMBI Category 2 programmes.

Programmes are considered for approval by the Validation and Standards Committee and/or the Education and Training Committee.  Programmes must be submitted to the education department in NMBI at least six weeks prior to the scheduled meetings.  HEIs / CNMEs should submit the curriculum document using the Guide Template below.  A Self-Assessment Audit Report must be submitted with the curriculum, also for download below.

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Guide Template for Submission of Post Registration Programmes

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Self-Assessment Audit Report

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Hard copies should be posted to Education, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, 18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland  and electronic versions submitted to


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