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Nursing - Ophthalmic Nursing

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.

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 are no longer available online, please contact for further information

Course fee

Course fees €5,645 per year (EU Fees)

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