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Nursing - Intensive Therapy Nursing

Delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital, the one-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Intensive Therapy Nursing offers you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, experience and clinical expertise in the challenging and dynamic environment that is critical care.

The role of the nurse as clinician, patient advocate, researcher, educator and innovator are all developed to meet the multiple and complex needs of the patient with critical illness.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:

•Discuss, evaluate and demonstrate the management of patients who require advanced cardiac life support.

•Evaluate the inter facility and inter/intra hospital transportation of critically ill patients.

•Evaluate and demonstrate the holistic assessment of the patient presenting with organ failure

•Explore the aetiology and path physiology of organ failure in critical illness

•Evaluate and demonstrate nursing practice and interventions in the management of critically ill patients.

•Evaluate the nursing management of critically ill patients post major surgery.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:

•Be active on the Opens in new windowNMBI register.

•Hold a Level 8 degree* or international equivalent, demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

Please note:
*If you do not hold a level 8 qualification, you may still be eligible to join the programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.


1 year part-time

Subjects taught

A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff.

The first three modules are delivered in RCSI with the remaining three modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital and affiliated sites.

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership, Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Clinical Practicum - Advanced Reflection and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio

Founding Knowledge and Core Skills of Intensive Care Nursing 10 Assignment

Fundamental Concepts of Critical Care Nursing 10 Examination

Advanced Critical Care Nursing 10 Assignment

Course fee

Total fees: € 6,430

Please note:

•Your fees include the €45 NUI fee.

•There is a non-refundable online application fee of €50.

•Fees can be paid by bank transfer, cheque (made payable to 'RCSI') or bank giro. Full details on fee payment will be emailed to you shortly before the commencement of your programme.

•You can pay your fees in three instalments – one payment of 40% is due before you commence the programme, while the remaining payments can be paid in two 30% instalments in November and February of your year of study.

•If you meet the criteria for a Non-EU student please contact us for more information on fee payments.

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