Nursing - Gerontology
The Master's of Health Science in Gerontological Nursing at NUI Galway is for nurses caring for older people in acute, community or long-term care settings. The programme aims to equip nurses with the broad skills needed to meet the needs of older persons across a wide variety of settings acknowledging older people as valuable active citizens who deserve the support and empowerment of service provision to enact a fulfilled life.
The programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. On completion of the six modules in Year One, students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved a minimum 60% average mark across course modules) may progress on to Year Two to complete the MSc programme.
It consists of both theoretical and clinical components. A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face-to-face workshops for an average of 12 days across the programme and complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme.
Minimum Entry Requirements
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
1. Be registered as a nurse on the live register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), i.e., General, Psychiatric or Intellectual Disability Register;
2. Have a minimum of one year of post-registration experience and be currently working in a setting that provides care for older people with a minimum six months' clinical experience of working with this client group;
3. Provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing for the duration of the programme;
4. Have an honours bachelor's degree at NFQ Level 8 in nursing or a comparable qualification. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) must demonstrate that they have successfully completed (in the previous four years) a module at Level 9. Further information on Level 9 professional credit awards is at: www.nuigalway.ie/pca/pca.html.
2 years full-time (option to leave with PDip after 1 year).
Post Course Info
Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.