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Nursing - Neonatal Intensive Care

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

General Entry Requirements

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

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.


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

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.

Number of credits

NFQ Level 9 Major Award 60 ECTS

Subjects taught

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

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

Semester II Specialist Modules
Specialist Nursing Module 1- Nursing Care of the Pre-Term Infant
Specialist Nursing Module 2- Nursing Care of the Ill Neonate
Specialist Nursing Module 3- Nursing Care of the Neonate with a Congenital Anomaly

Assessment method

Assessment procedures for the Post Graduate Diploma programmes will include a range of methods including examinations, continuous assessments, reflective practice, and assessment of clinical compete

Course fee

€5,645.00 per year (EU Fees)

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