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Nursing - Perioperative

Your course
This programme is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Perioperative Nursing. This programme is offered fulltime over two calendar years. Taught components of the programme are delivered in a blended learning format. Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and online learning. This means that most learning/teaching will be delivered online through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your own home computer. Students are required to attend face-to-face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. The programme is comprised of six theory/ practice modules. In all modules there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of module content to practice; similarly, practice placements allow students to explore “new” knowledge in practice, enabling them an opportunity to integrate theory and practice.

Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland, normally within the students’ own work setting. Where the environment does not provide sufficient opportunities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme additional placements will be required by the student in sites which will provide the experience needed. A minimum of 1,000 clinical hours need to be completed in the specialist area while undertaking the programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
• Be a registered nurse on the General division of the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann;

• Have a minimum of six months’ post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);

• Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., theatre (Perioperative setting) and have as a minimum six months clinical experience in this specialist area;

• Have an honours degree or equivalent (Level 8);

• Applicants who hold neither an honours degree nor Higher Diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrated their capacity to undertake a programme at this level. In addition to the requirements outlined above these applicants are expected to submit a 1000 word literature-based essay on a topic relevant to their specialist area. To be considered for admission, this essay must be judged equivalent to an honours degree (Level 8).


2 years full-time (option to leave with PDip after 1 year).

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Sinead Hahessy
T: + 353 91 492 012


Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.

1. The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann and has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills.

2. The programme is offered through a blended learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching.

3. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

Enrolment and start dates

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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