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Nursing - Gerontological Nursing

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme Overview:
The Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Gerontological Nursing) is a year-long course run in conjunction with Beaumont Hospital. This course offers the student both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary to provide evidence based, quality care to our older population, whether in the acute setting, residential care or rehabilitation. The programme uses a blended learning approach including lectures (provided on site in Beaumont hospital), reflective practice, on line learning and clinical placement.

Students will gain valuable clinical exposure to rehabilitation of the older person (St. Josephs Rehab, Raheny), the acute care setting (Whitworth ward, Beaumont Hospital) and residential care (Raheny Community Nursing Unit, Raheny). Assessment is carried out by means of assignments, exam and a competency document assessing your practical application of theoretical knowledge in the clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes/Aims:
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

Critically discuss the older person and living with chronic illness and disability.

Critically discuss the importance of the social approach to care in the extended care setting.

Critically evaluate emerging health and social policy in relation to older adults from a national and international perspective.

Critically evaluate the available demographic information on older adults and its influence on policy formation.

Critically discuss person-centred care for older persons in the acute care setting based on knowledge that reflects the unique characteristic, needs and responses for older people.

Critically discuss and demonstrate an understanding of multiple co-morbidities and the older adult.

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.


The programme is offered part-time with an entry point each September.

Careers or further progression

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress to the 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Gerontological Nursing. Recommended: MSc Nursing Year 2

Further enquiries

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

Programme Coordinator: Ms. Ruth Kelly (
Programme Director: Ms. Mary O'Neill (
Hospital Contact: Mr. Paul Mahon (

Subjects taught

Programme Structure:
This programme is delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital. The first three modules are delivered in the RCSI with the remaining 3 modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital. The programme is offered part-time with an entry point each September. Students may be interviewed for positions on this programme.

Module Name ECTS Credits Assessment Method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership, Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Clinical Practicum - Advanced Refection and Competence 10 Assignment and Clinical Portfolio

Contemporary Issues in Gerontological Nursing 10 Assignment

Therapeutic Interventions in the Acute Care Setting 10 Examination

Community and Continuing Care Settings and the Older Person 10 Assignment

Application date

Applications for this programme are no longer available online, please contact for further information

Course fee

€5,645.00 per year (EU Fees)

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