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Nursing - Ophthalmic Nursing

Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Nursing (Ophthalmic Nursing) The Royal Victoria 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.

It is funded by the HSE through the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director.

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.


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.

Number of credits

NFQ Level 9; Major Award 60 ECTS

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:

Programme Coordinator: Ms Yeukai Chikwamba (

Programme Director: Ms Rosemarie Derwin (

Subjects taught

Core Modules
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 Module 1 - Nursing Practice/Management of Patients Suffering from External Ocular Conditions

Specialist Nursing Module 2 - Nursing Practice/Management of Patients Suffering from Anterior Ocular Segment Conditions

Specialist Nursing Module 3 - Nursing Practice/Management of Patients Suffering from Posterior Ocular Segment Conditions

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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