Nursing - Gerontology

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This programme is for all nurses caring for older people in acute, community or long-term care settings. The programme aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competency to provide high-quality care for older people that accords with the World Health Organisation philosophy of gerontological nursing.

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 these modules) may progress on to the second year 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. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The course has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills.

2. The programme is offered through a blended-learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning. Students can integrate working full-time with study.

3. This course is currently pending approval by the NMBI.

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Minimum Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

• 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;

• Be currently working in a setting that requires them to provide care for older people and have a minimum six months' clinical experience of working with this client group;

• Provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing for the duration of the programme;

• 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 two years) a module at Level 9. Please consult the professional credit awards at level 9 at:


2 years full-time (option to leave with PDip after 1 year).

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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