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Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing

Graduates will be able to critically examine the supports and barriers that influence the ability of people with an intellectual disability.

Aim of Course
On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to critically examine the supports and barriers that influence the ability of people with an intellectual disability to integrate into their community.

Entry requirements

Applicants will have a BSc in Nursing/Midwifery or in any discipline of Nursing (General Nursing, Midwifery, Public Health Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing), plus a minimum of three years’ post-registration clinical nursing experience, two of which should be immediately prior to application. Applicants may be interviewed for recognition of prior learning purposes. Candidates for the course must be registered on the active file as a nurse with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Applicants must have current direct experience of working with clients with an intellectual disability for the duration of the course.


2 years part-time

Delivery format
Delivered over 1 one day attendance in Athlone IT for first 3 semesters with individualised thesis supervision days thereafter

Careers or further progression

The student who completes year 1 of the programme can exit and receive a postgraduate diploma, or they can also progress to year 2 and upon completion receive a Master’s degree. Graduates from the MSc may be in a position to progress to doctoral studies at AIT and elsewhere.

Further enquiries

Ms Caroline McLoughlin
Phone 0906468131 or

+353 (0)90 648 3050

Subjects taught

Course Content

Year 1
Primary Health and Social Care, Advanced Management and Leadership Skills, The Evolving Role of the Nurse in the Intellectual Disability Service, Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disability Nursing, Health-related Research, Clinical Practice Module.

Year 2
Critical Ethical and Legal Issues in Intellectual Disability, Advanced Health Research, Dissertation.


Course Award:Master of Science/Post Graduate Diploma
Course NFQ Level:Level 9

Course fee

Course Fee
On Application

Enrolment and start dates

Commencing September 2017

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