Respiratory Care Skills - Intellectual Disabilities - Waterford

The Certificate in Respiratory Care Skills (Intellectual Disabilities) is a 10 credit level 9 special purpose award which will be delivered over one semester using a blended learning approach. This programme will enhance nurses evidence based knowledge, skills and competencies in the care of children and adults with an intellectual disability in relation to many common respiratory conditions and treatments.

This programme will be the first of its kind in Ireland as a Level 9, 10 credit special purpose award that aims to enhance the students' knowledge, skills and attitudes, and professional values when caring for the respiratory health of children and adults with Intellectual Disability across their lifespan.

This programme will be delivered using both clinical and theoretical expertise from the intellectual disability team within the department and also utilising the expertise of Allied Health Professionals in the HSE.

Subjects taught

This course will be delivered over 12 weeks and will include mandatory workshops that will take place in WIT Department of Nursing and Healthcare clinical skills laboratories. The theoretical component of this programme will be delivered online and will require students to attend three clinical skills workshops in WIT's nursing labs.

Live Online lecture
Anatomy and physiology of respiratory tract.
Aetiology and clinical manifestations of common disorders of the respiratory tract
Aspiration and aspiration pneumonia
Systematic health assessment
Recognising the deteriorating child/ adult
Palliative respiratory care needs
The role of the M.D.T

Skills class in WIT
Chest auscultation technique.
Oral suctioning
Oxygen therapy
Pharmacological interventions
Postural management

Entry requirements

Working in the Intellectual Disability sector or related area and registered or eligible to register with the NMBI

Application dates

Apply online.


Online with three 1-day on-site workshops

Post Course Info

Career opportunity
Progression opportunities from this programme in conjunction with a level 8 qualification to include: Postgraduate/ masters programmes in nursing and health care, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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