Healthcare Simulation & Patient Safety

Your Course
If you are a healthcare provider, are involved in education and research or have an interest in patient safety, then this course will be important for you. Healthcare simulation is the modern way to educate healthcare providers and is now a central part of health professions education. It encompasses manikin based training, task trainers, simulated participants, and virtual/ augmented reality trainers. By completing the diploma, you will learn how to use simulation in your own organisation. You will also learn how to use healthcare simulation for healthcare quality improvement. By completing the master's programme you will go on to learn how to use simulation for research.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
An honours bachelor's degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline. Evidence of at least three years' equivalent academic/professional experience will be considered. Demonstrated interest in simulation important.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1HSP1, 1HSP3: 24 months, (MSc); 1HSP9: 12 months, (PDip).

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Career Opportunities
The main goal of the course is to develop expertise in design and implementation of healthcare simulation. This will allow you to become a leader in education and open up opportunities in senior academic posts within healthcare. For those with an interest in patient safety, you will gain expertise in human factors and how healthcare processes can be improved. If running a simulation centre, you will develop skills in stakeholder engagement and demonstrate a return on investment allowing you to progress to senior management positions within organisations.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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