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.