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Nursing - Intensive Care

Your Course
This programme is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Intensive Care Nursing. 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. Students 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 the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland;

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

• Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e. Intensive Care, 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 demonstrate their capacity to undertake a programme at this level. In addition to the requirements outlined above these applicants are expected to submit a 1,000-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).


1 year part-time.

Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Frances Farrelly
T: + 353 91 492 828


1. The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann

2. This programme has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills.

3. The programme is offered through a blended learning format, an innovative and flexible approach to learning. Students can integrate working full-time with study.

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