Specialist Practice - Gerontological Nursing

Trinity College Dublin

Specialist Practice - Gerontological Nursing

Is This Course For Me?
This course is designed for nurses working in clinical practice who wish to develop their knowledge and competency in gerontological nursing. There is a flexible approach where you can study between 1-3 years to complete an M.Sc. Specialist Nursing. The blended approach to course delivery is designed for busy professionals to learn, with carefully planned assessment schedules, and supportive academic and clinical facilitators to guide you in your learning.

The course is offered on a two-year part-time basis. This course includes clinical and practice-based teaching, learning and assessment and students may be required to attend additional sessions at associated service provider sites as well as at the student’s practice base during year one of the course.
Year One starts with a full week of studying in September and continues thereafter one day per week for the remainder of the year. Year Two consists of workshops throughout the academic year.

Subjects taught

Year 1 Modules
Principles of integrated care in gerontological nursing
Biopsychosocial principles of gerontological nursing
Advancing gerontological nursing practice
Supervised Practice Placement (Gerontological nursing)

NU7013 Theory & Practice of Enquiry Methods for Healthcare
NU7020 Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance

Year 2 Module
NU8007 Dissertation

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Admission to the strand will be subject to place availability. The entry criteria for this strand are:
Current registration on the appropriate nursing division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Active Register
Two years post-registration clinical experience since first registration
Twelve months experience (within the last two years) in the specialty in Ireland at the time of application.
Candidates must also fulfil one of the following criteria:
An honours degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification or satisfy the selection committee that they have the academic ability to successfully complete the programme.

Each student will be engaged in specific practice settings in Ireland relevant to each individual strand for the duration of the programme of study.
Additional criteria may be required by individual Health Service Providers.
All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the English language must meet Trinity’s English language requirements. Find out more: https://www.tcd.ie/study/apply/admission-requirements/postgraduate/

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st July 2024


PG Cert 1 year part-time.
MSc 2 years part time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2024

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Career Opportunities
Designed to enable registered nurses to increase their knowledge, experience and clinical skills within this chosen specialty, this course prepares the gerontological nurse to function as a competent, effective and caring specialist nurse.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MSc, PGrad.Cert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate,Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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