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Nursing in Procedural Sedation

Certificate in Nursing in Procedural Sedation (SPA) (LEVEL 9)

Course Description

The aim of this programme, which has been developed in collaboration with Galway Clinic, is to provide Registered Nurses with the knowledge and skills to engage in safe practice concerning procedural sedation.

Course Content

• Pre sedation assessment, determining suitability of the patient

• Safe medication management

• Administration of sedation medication and management of patient during the procedure

• Quality and risk management

Essential Information

The programme commences with an orientation morning and will continue for 12 consecutive weeks. There are two face-to-face sessions held during the course of the programme.

Entry requirements

1. Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

2. Currently employed and directly working in an environment where procedural sedation is undertaken

3. Approval by the Director of Nursing to undertake the


4. A current Basic Life Support Certificate and competence in Intravenous Cannulation (evidence required)

5. An admission checklist must be completed and signed by the Director of Nursing and a Consultant Anesthetist prior to a place being offered


Duration: 12 consecutive weeks.

Time: One orientation morning and two faceto- face sessions and online (Mondays)

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Richard Holmes


Tel: 094 9043196

Application date

Application for the course is made direct to the Institute.

Please complete and return the Direct Application Mayo Campus form at the back of the prospectus. The form and an additional checklist which must be completed can be downloaded from

Course fee

Fee: €1200

Details of course fees can be found with the course description in this prospectus or online. The fees indicated include examinations and internal assessments but do not include class materials unless otherwise indicated in the course details. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately. An instalment plan, which is designed to give students the flexibility in paying their fees, will be offered.

Providing a place is still available on the course, your fee will be accepted and receipted in writing. In all cases, fees must be paid in full by second week of class.

Fee Payment

Once an application and fee is processed, a written receipt will be posted to the applicant using the postal correspondence address provided on the application form. Students are advised to keep this in a safe place and bring it with them on the first night of classes. For security reasons, the preferred methods of payment are credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft.

Credit or Debit Card

Payment can be made using credit or debit card details over the telephone or by post. For security reasons, please do not email credit or debit card details.

Cash – Not Accepted

In line with Institute policy, the Lifelong Learning Office can no longer accept cash.


Where the course fees are being paid for by an employer, the student should complete an application form and attach a letter of approval from the employer on company headed paper. Instead of a letter the employer may email the Life Long Learning office (attn.: Bridie Coleman) confirming their intention to pay the course fee to

Refund Policy

Cancelled courses

For a course to commence, a minimum number of student enrolments are required. If this number is not reached, the course is cancelled. When this occurs a full fee refund will be processed automatically and confirmation supplied by phone/email or web text.

Course Withdrawals

Accredited Programmes: If a student starts a programme and later decides to withdraw, a refund will be given in accordance with the GMIT Academic Regulations. A full refund is given up to 31 October, 2019. A partial refund is given up to 31 January, 2020. After these dates no refunds are given.

Single accredited module/course

If a student starts a course and later decides to withdraw, a full refund will be given if a request in writing (or email) is received by the Lifelong Learning office within 10 days from the start of the course. A 75% refund is given if requested up to three weeks from the start of the course, after this time refunds are not available.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September 2019

There will be a further intake in January 2020 (Dates to be confirmed)

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