Nursing - Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice
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.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice is a fully accredited one-year part-time programme aimed at healthcare professionals – from the fields of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, podiatry and the pharmaceutical industry – who wish to advance their academic and professional knowledge and skills within respiratory care.
The programme will provide you with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge deemed relevant to enhancing practice and is designed to expand your questioning approach to knowledge development and professional issues pertinent to leading respiratory patient care.
As part of your study, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of the respiratory systems and associated conditions which will in turn enhance your clinical practice.
A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff caring for patients with respiratory conditions.
The programme is run 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 have classes approximately once a week alternating between online and RCSI-based sessions.
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
• Adult Respiratory Care 10 Assignment
• Biological Science and Patient Assessment in Respiratory Care 10 Examination
• Health Promotion and Behavioral Science in Respiratory Care 10 Assignment and development of a health promotion brochure.
To be eligible for the programme you must:
- Be a registered nurse or midwife on the register in your country of practice.
- All applicants must hold a Bachelor degree. For applicants who don't hold a bachelor degree, there is a recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway outlined below.
- Applicants (unless exempt) must meet the English language requirements: English proficiency test, IELTS score of 6.5 or the equivalent score on another standardised test.
- Clinical Learning Agreement/hours of learning experience document signed by director of nursing will be required
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.
How to apply
Applications for the programme are now open.
Please submit an online application by clicking "Application Weblink" below.
During the application progress you will need to submit the following:
- A non-refundable application fee of €50
- Scanned copies of your transcripts
The closing date for applications is Friday, 30 June 2023.
2 academic semesters part-time.
Fees and funding
•Total fees: Fees are currently being reviewed for 2020/21 and will be released shortly.
•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