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Nursing - Gerontology

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This programme is for all nurses caring for older people in acute, community or long-term care settings. The programme aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competency to provide high-quality care for older people that accords with the World Health Organisation philosophy of gerontological nursing (2003).

The programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. On completion of the six modules in Year One students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved the minimum 60% average mark across these modules) may progress onto the 2nd year to complete the MSc programme.

It consists of both theoretical and clinical components. A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face-to-face workshops for an average of 12 days across the programme. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
• Be registered as a nurse on the live register of An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hĒireann (NMBI) i.e. General, Psychiatric or Intellectual Disability Register;

• Be currently working in a setting that requires them to provide care for older people and have as a minimum six months' clinical experience of working with this client group;

• Provide written evidence of support from the Director of Nursing for the duration of the programme;

• Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) may apply but will be required to submit a 1,000 word literature-based essay. This essay must be at the level expected of an honours degree candidate (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

Phil Noone
T: +353 91 492 831

Mary Gannon
T: +353 91 495 843


1. The course 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. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning. Students can integrate working full-time with study.

3. This course is currently pending approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

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