This programme is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Intensive Care Nursing. The full-time programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. Taught components of the programme are delivered in a blended learning format.
Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that most learning/teaching will be delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your own home computer. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. The programme is comprised of six theory /practice modules. In all modules there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of module content to practice, similarly, practice placements allow students to explore “new” knowledge in practice, enabling them an opportunity to integrate theory and practice.
Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland normally within the students own work setting. Where the environment does not provide sufficient opportunities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme additional placements will be required by t he student in sites which will provide t he experience needed. A minimum of 1,000 clinical hours need to be completed in the specialist area while undertaking the programme.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
2 Years Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- The course is approved by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills.
- Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.
- The programme is offered through a blended learning format a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching.
- Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.
How to Apply
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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:
- Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
- Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- A copy of your passport
- Personal Statement
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
1. Be a registered nurse on the General division of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI);
2. Have a minimum of six months’ post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);
3. Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., Intensive Care, and have as a minimum six months’ clinical experience in
4. this specialist area;
5. Provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing for the duration of the programme;
6. Have an honors bachelor’s degree at NFQ Level 8 in nursing or a comparable qualification. Applicants who do not hold an honors degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) must demonstrate that they have successfully completed (in the previous two years) a module at Level 9.
7. Applicants for this programme who have undertaken the National Foundation Education Module in Intensive Care Nursing at UCD or UCC may apply for exemption for the Specialist Module 1 on the Masters/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Intensive Care) in NUI Galway.
Medicine (No less than 6.5 in any Component)
[This requirement applies to incoming first year students only]
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19
Special Entry Requirements
Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.