Nursing - Diabetes Nursing

Graduate Diploma Diabetes Care
The Graduate Diploma Diabetes Care course aims to build upon and advance the registered nurses/midwives repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values within the chosen field of diabetes care.

Who is the programme for?
The programme is aimed at advancing the range, breadth and depth of professional knowledge and skills in the care of persons presenting with diabetes.

Aims of the programme
The Graduate Diploma in Diabetes Care is aimed at the professional preparation of registered nurses who wish to specialise in diabetes care. This strand is designed to meet the professional development needs of nurses/midwives caring for people at risk of or with a diagnosis of diabetes in clinical settings.

What will I learn?You will learn how to provide care and advice at a specialist level for patients with more complex diabetes needs. You will also learn how to provide a service that is evidence based, and aims to improve quality of life for people with diabetes.

Information Technology
Blackboard, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching, is used extensively. The clinical placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in other hospitals and/or within their own hospitals; students attend multidisciplinary lectures and tutorials and engage in supervised practice in order to develop and refine specific clinical skills.

Programme structure
This programme can be taken over 1 year (full time) or 2 years part-time. The academic year runs from September to May and is broken down into two trimesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

How will I benefit?
On completion of the graduate programme you will have attained a highly regarded qualification which is recognised internationally for nurses/midwives caring for patients with diabetes. You will gain advanced clinical experience in diabetes care, as well as theoretical knowledge to provide a high level of specialist care to people with diabetes.

Entry requirements

•All applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing or Midwifery or equivalent and be engaged in relevant clinical practice with an appropriate client group

•All applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses/Midwives Register maintained by the NMBI

Specific requirements
•All applicants must have a minimum of one year's post-registration experience, including at least six months caring for people with diabetes

•Candidates must be employed in the clinical environment caring for people with diabetes prior to commencing the course and for the duration of the course

•Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development

Documents to be submitted with your application
•Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
•Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of NMBI registration
•Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body
•Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
•Signed Declaration Form by Employer
•Completed Professional Reference Form
•Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
•Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Subjects taught

Core Modules:
•Nursing Knowledge Philosophy and Practice (Autumn Trimester)
•Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Spring Trimester)

Specialist Modules:
•Specialist 1 Diabetes Care (Autumn Trimester)
•Sepcialist 2 Diabetes Care (Spring Trimester)
•Specialist 3 Diabetes Care (Spring Trimester)
•Clinical Practicum (Diabetes Care) (Full Year)

Students who are taking the programme part-time over two years will take the core modules in year 1 and specialist modules in year 2.

The approximate number of days required for the specialist modules 1,2,& 3 is as follows: 10 days in trimester one and 13 days in trimester two.


1 year full-time, 2 Years Part-Time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

Post Course Info

Careers/where can I go?
The Graduate Diploma in Diabetes Care provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to manage a defined case load, working unsupervised and using specialist diabetes nursing/midwifery skills to assess the needs of the person with diabetes and to plan, implement, document and evaluate care. Many graduates also proceed to assume CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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