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.
This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:
• Appraise the management and care of adult respiratory conditions in the context of population health.
• Evaluate respiratory anatomy, physiology, ventilation, lung function, blood flow and metabolism and the relationship between
ventilation and perfusion.
• Explore theories that inform care with reference to biological and behavioural sciences.
• Evaluate alternate approaches to planning and implementing health education and promotion interventions, policies and strategies to promote respiratory health, care and management.
• Discuss current understandings of immunology with specific reference to the respiratory system.
• Discuss the concepts of health and wellbeing in the context of respiratory health, care and management.
To be eligible for the programme you must:
• Be a registered nurse or midwife on the active register with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland, or the relevant regulatory body in your country of practice before commencing the programme.
• Hold a level 8 degree* or international equivalent, demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.
• Meet the English Language Requirements: IELTS English proficiency test score of 6.5 or the equivalent score on another standardised test. You are exempt if you completed your undergraduate/postgraduate studies full-time in the medium of the English language (three or more years, cumulatively).
*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.
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.
2 academic semesters
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