Nursing - Infection Prevention & Control Nursing

Why study nursing and midwifery at RCSI Dublin?

Educating future leaders in healthcare delivery and related research is at the core of the mission of the RCSI School of Nursing & Midwifery. The School aims to develop caring, reflective nursing and midwifery practitioners who can seek out and use research-based knowledge to improve patient care.

We are committed to providing students with outcome-focused curricula shaped by innovative teaching and learning practices. We have a long association with postgraduate nursing and midwifery education and are the largest such school in Ireland.

We aspire to become recognised leaders in the provision of health sciences education, both nationally and internationally. The suite of programmes we offer nurses and midwives in pursuit of postgraduate education is continually evolving in response to the needs within the healthcare service.

Our goal is to empower nurses and midwives to be able to demonstrate the difference they make to practice, and in doing so, to be able to respond accordingly to the leadership and professional challenges that they face every day.

Course details

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) are recognised as a major burden for patients, society and healthcare management. More than four million people acquire a healthcare-associated infection each year in the European Union (EU), of which approximately 37,000 die as the direct consequence of the infection.

In tandem with these ongoing issues, we have a growing risk of the global spread of infectious diseases and an ever-increasing resistance to antibiotics.

The one-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Infection Prevention and Control Nursing is an exciting and highly clinically relevant programme delivered by some of the best infection prevention and control professionals in Ireland.

This programme aims to provide students with expert knowledge and provide assistance and guidance in developing the skills and practical experience that will form a strong foundation for their journey towards expertise in the field of infection prevention and control.

This programme is guided by the core competencies of the HSE Antimicrobial Resistance Infection Control (AMRIC) Competency Framework for Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners in Ireland, (2022). This programme provides a foundation for the clinical expertise needed by infection prevention and control professionals to guide our practice, educate, monitor standards, challenge, lead and progress preventative strategies.

Course code: C10681

Subjects taught


This fully online programme comprises six modules. The programme runs over two academic semesters; three modules are completed in the first semester and three modules in the second semester. Semester 1 is from September – December; Semester 2 begins in January. You will be supported by a programme tutor and the programme director.

The programme provides a foundation for those wishing to progress further to the MSc in Nursing (Infection Prevention and Control).

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence 10 Assignment

The Microbiological Basis for Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Setting 10 Examination

Principles of Infection Control 10 Assignment

Managerial Issues in Infection Control 10 Assignment

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:

• Be an active RGN with the NMBI.

• Hold a NFQ level 8 qualification such as a BSc or equivalent.

• Be currently working in the speciality area.

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.


1 year part-time. Online

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Part time,Blended

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