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Musculoskeletal Casting & Splinting - Adults & Children

The Professional Certificate in Musculoskeletal Casting and Splinting (Adults and Children) aims to develop competent healthcare practitioners who will apply specific knowledge and skills whilst providing holistic care to individuals requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting in the adult and paediatric patient setting.

Learning outcomes

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

•Demonstrate understanding, through questioning and scrutiny, of the necessary professional knowledge (theory, concepts and methods) pertaining to the management of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting.

•Demonstrate the mastery of the practical skills and tools necessary to be competent in in the management of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting.

•Develop the concepts and principles that underpin problem solving and decision-making in clinical practice, accepting accountability for the decision-making in the management of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting.

•Acknowledge your own developing ability within the sphere of musculoskeletal casting and splinting and critically analyse your learning needs through the use of reflective practice to facilitate a lifelong learning approach to personal and professional development.

•Lead both the care of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting and the team providing care within the context of collaborative working and within your own scope of practice.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:
•Hold a Level 8 degree or international equivalent, demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.
•Be registered with your appropriate professional body NMBI or equivalent.
•Be employed in a casting department with a minimum of 900 hours of verified experience (this is a signed declaration from a nurse manager and orthopaedic consultant).
•Be working in the casting department for the duration of the programme.
•Provide a Manual Handling Certificate which is in date for the duration of programme.
•You will also need to supply a certified, or stamped copy of your academic transcripts and a copy of an academic IELTS examination, or equivalent (for candidates whose first language is not English).


3 months part-time

Further enquiries

The staff of the RCSI School of Nursing & Midwifery are more than happy to assist you with queries relating to our programmes. Feel free to call us, email or visit us at 123 St Stephen's Green.
•Tel: +353 1 402 5137/5136

Subjects taught

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

The programme is run over a three-month period and consists of two modules. Classes take place approximately once a week alternating between online and RCSI-based sessions.

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Principles of Musculoskeletal Casting & Splinting 10 MCQ and written assignment

Clinical Skills for Musculoskeletal casting and splinting 10 OSCE and workbook completion

Application date

Applications for September 2020 will open in February

The application process for this programme requires three steps -The first is to complete the online application.
The second and third steps involve downloading, completing and returning the Clinical Experience Declaration Form and the Preceptorship Requirements and Declaration Form below

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