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Nursing - Orthopaedic Nursing

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing/(MSc) in Orthopaedic Nursing (Cappagh Hospital)

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award 60 ECTS)

Programme Aims
To prepare nurses to exercise an advanced level of clinical judgment and practice than that required by a registered general nurse by virtue of demonstrating additional knowledge and skills in a specialist area of clinical practice.

Enable students to take a leading role in advancing and developing nursing and midwifery roles and effect policy change in professional practice and health service provision.

Clinical Mentorship
Students are supported through the programme by preceptors and clinical facilitators, who facilitate student learning and competency development, in the specialist area of the programme.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register and have a level 8 qualification. Applicants who do not hold a level 8 qualification may still be eligable to join them programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

General entry requirments:

The applicant must be a registered nurse on the active register maintained by Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland prior to commencing one of the programmes.

Computer skills and access to a computer and the Internet are essential.

The applicant is required to have a minimum of six months clinical experience appropriate to the specialist area of practice of the programme.

The applicant is required to work in the specialist area of practice for the duration of the programme.

The applicant must provide evidence of prior learning.

The applicant is required to hold a primary degree or equivalent, with relevant experience and previous studies (each application will be considered on an individual basis).

An interview may be required for some programmes.

We would encourage you to contact our clinical partners in Cappagh Hospital for further information on their specific clinical requirements.


Each programme is delivered over one year. The option is available for students to complete this programme over a period of up to five years.

Careers or further progression

When a student successfully completes a Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Specialist Area) they may then avail of the option to progress to Year II of the Masters in Science (MSc) Nursing in their chosen specialist area.

Further enquiries

If you would like further information on this programme please contact:

RCSI Programme Coordinator: Ms Yeukai Chikwamba(

Clinical Programme Director: Ms Rosemary Masterson (

Clinical Programme Director: Ms Deirdre O'Kelly (

RCSI Programme Director: Ms Chanel Watson (

Subjects taught

All students undertaking this programme complete three core modules in RCSI in Semester I

Semester I Core Modules
Advanced Research Methods 1
Leadership - Professional & Clinical
Reflection on Practice

Semester II Specialist Modules
Specialist Nursing Module 1- Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing
Specialist Nursing Module 2- Nursing the Patient with an Orthopaedic Disorder
Specialist Nursing Module 3- Nursing the Orthopaedic Trauma Patient

Application date

Applications for this programme will open in March 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

How To Apply
Applications are accepted via the link above. A €50 application fee is required when applying. You will also be required to upload transcripts of prior education during the application process.

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