Nursing - Gerontological Nursing

The one-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing offers you the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary to provide evidence-based, quality care to our older population, whether in the acute setting, residential care or rehabilitation.

Delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital, as a student on this programme you will gain valuable clinical exposure to rehabilitation of the older person (St Joseph's Rehab, Raheny), the acute care setting (Whitworth Ward, Beaumont Hospital) and residential care (Raheny Community Nursing Unit, Raheny).

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:

•Discuss the older person and living with chronic illness and disability.

•Discuss the importance of the social approach to care in the extended care setting.

•Evaluate emerging health and social policy in relation to older adults from a national and international perspective.

•Evaluate the available demographic information on older adults and its influence on policy formation.

•Discuss person-centred care for older persons in the acute care setting based on knowledge that reflects the unique characteristic, needs and responses for older people.

•Discuss and demonstrate an understanding of multiple co-morbidities and the older adult.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:

•Be active on the NMBI register

•Hold a Level 8 degree* or international equivalent demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

Please note:
*If you do not hold a level 8 qualification, you may still be eligible to join the programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

Subjects taught


A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff.

The first three modules are delivered in RCSI with the remaining three modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital and affiliated sites.

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Clinical Practicum - Advanced Reflection and Competence 10
Assignment and clinical portfolio

Contemporary issues in Gerontological Nursing 10 Assignment

Therapeutic Interventions in the Acute Care Setting 10 Examination

Community and Continuing Care Settings and the Older Person 10 Assignment


1 year part-time


Fees and funding
•Total fees: Fees are currently being reviewed for 2020/21 and will be released shortly.

Please note
•Your annual fees include the €45 NUI fee.
•There is a non-refundable online application fee of €50.
•Fees can be paid by bank transfer, cheque (made payable to 'RCSI') or bank giro. Full details on fee payment will be emailed to you shortly before the commencement of your programme.
•You can pay your fees in three instalments – one payment of 40% is due before you commence the programme, while the remaining payments can be paid in two 30% instalments in November and February of your year of study.
•If you meet the criteria for a Non-EU student please contact us for more information on fee payments

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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