Nursing - Leadership & Quality Healthcare - Athlone

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will have developed a mastery of complex and specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of nursing. They will have an advanced understanding of how techniques of enquiry enable the critical and objective analysis, interpretation and scholarly evidence. Graduates are ideally placed to progress to postgraduate diploma studies.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Nursing in a Modern Health System
Credits: 10
The aim of this module is to develop students’ critical appraisal and evaluation of nursing in a modern health system. Critical reflection of the core theories and concepts underpinning professional nursing practice will include: the nature and function of nursing, the professionalisation of nursing and the nurses’ role embedded in a modern health system. Critical awareness will enable heightened insight into nursing from organisational, national, international and global perspectives.

Clinical Leadership and Management
Credits: 10
This module will enable the student to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to lead and manage change and quality improvement in the modern healthcare environment.

Semester 2
Quality Initiatives and Outcomes
Credits: 10
The aim of this module is to develop the students understanding of the quality issues that pertain to the provision of an effective and efficient quality healthcare service.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Level 8) or equivalent qualification is required for entry to this programme.

Students prior learning may also be recognised including: prior experiential (non-certified) and accredited (certified) learning. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be applied to enable applicants with a nonclassified award or a pre-Bachelors award, to progress to postgraduate studies where applicable, adhering to standard RPL application criteria set by TUS.

Applicants gaining admission using APEL are required to provide the submittal of documentary evidence to support his/her application in line with TUS requirements. Applicants to this programme who are applying for recognition of prior learning (RPL), must be registered/or be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland in any of the divisions of the nursing or midwifery register.


1 year

Enrolment dates

Course Commencement Date: September

Post Course Info

Graduates from the Postgraduate Certificate having obtained a 2H2 classification will be ideally positioned to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in Leadership and Quality Healthcare.

Career Opportunities
From this Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing in Leadership and Quality Healthcare have the potential for employment in multiple domains of practice. There are numerous areas for career advancement, both nationally and internationally, with postgraduate level attainment identified as an essential requirement for career progression and promotion in administrative and clinical managerial posts.

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  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Full time

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