Nursing - Wound Management & Tissue Viability

Why Wound Management and Tissue Viability?
The Postgraduate Certificate in Wound Management and Tissue Viability is and exciting and highly clinically relevant programme delivered by world leading experts in wound management. Our team, led by Professor Zena Moore, will guide you on the management of acute and chronic wounds in all healthcare settings and is based on good practice, current evidence and supporting guidance.

The course is suitable for all clinicians dealing with wound management in their daily practice. This includes nurses and midwifes across all specialties, doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, community doctors, GPs, public health nurses, clinical nurse specialists, tissue viability nurses and industry representatives.

Founded as the national training body for surgery in Ireland, RCSI has been at the forefront of healthcare education since our establishment in 1784. RCSI is an innovative, world-leading international health sciences education and research university offering education and training at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional level.

RCSI has a long association with postgraduate nursing and midwifery education. We aim to develop caring, reflecting nursing and midwifery practitioners who can seek out and use research-based knowledge to improve patient care.

Course details
The Postgraduate Certificate in Wound Management and Tissue Viability is a fully accredited six-month, part-time programme delivered in digital format through our online teaching platform. The course offers you the opportunity to explore and analyse existing theories and concepts that are fundamental in wound management and tissue viability.
Our experienced team have the skills and technology to provide a rich and engaging online experience and to support and guide new students, no matter their level of technical ability. You will have the opportunity to become part of an international, healthcare-focused, learning community, supported to engage through collaborative group work, team building and networking opportunities – benefiting from each other's experience in a safe and supported environment.

Professor Zena Moore, Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at RCSI, speaks about the benefits of the Postgraduate Certificate in Wound Management and Tissue Viability programme:

Learning outcomes
This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:
• Evaluate the application of clinical judgement to professional practice by utilising evidence-based practice within wound management and tissue viability.
• Compare and contrast management and leadership approaches to the effective management and leadership in the provision of within wound management and tissue viability services.
• Evaluate evidence based methods of assessment and management of wounds of varying aetiologies with reference to person-centred care.
• Discuss key considerations in the development of services for individuals with wounds of varying aetiologies within the context of a team approach to care.
• Demonstrate competency in the delivery and evaluation of patient care within the field of wound management and tissue viability.

Subjects taught

Module name Credits Assessment method
• Advanced Concepts in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair 10 Assignment and small group oral presentation
• Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Leg Ulceration and Lymphoedema 10 Examination and small group oral presentation
• Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Pressure Ulcers and Diabetic Foot Ulcers 10 Assignment

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
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.

Application dates

How to apply
Applications are now open for the Postgraduate Certificate in Wound Management and Tissue Viability at RCSI Dublin. We are now accepting applications for the March 2022 intake.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will close once places are filled, so we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure you attach the following supporting documents with your application:
• Clear copy of your valid passport
• Copies of your academic transcripts/degree
• Copy of your CV
• Evidence of registration on nursing or midwifery register


6 months.
Delivery: Part-time


Fees and funding
•Total fees: Fees are currently being reviewed for 2020/21 and will be released shortly.

Please note
•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

Enrolment dates

January 2021 intake

Post Course Info

Course Progression
If you wish to progress your studies after completing this Postgraduate Certificate, you can choose to complete a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and a Master of Science (MSc). The PgDip and the MSc programmes share anchor modules facilitating the development of knowledge and skills in research, leadership and refection and clinical competencies by way of a clinical practicum.

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    Postgraduate Certificate

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    Part time,Daytime,Blended

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