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Nursing - Respiratory Care in Nursing

The Postgraduate Certificate in Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice is a fully accredited six-month part-time programme aimed at healthcare professionals – from the fields of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, podiatry and the pharmaceutical industry – who wish to advance their academic and professional knowledge and skills within respiratory care.

The programme will provide you with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge deemed relevant to enhancing practice and is designed to expand your questioning approach to knowledge development and professional issues pertinent to leading respiratory patient care.

As part of your study, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of the respiratory systems and associated conditions which will in turn enhance your clinical practice.

Learning outcomes 

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

•Appraise the management and care of adult respiratory conditions in the context of population health.

•Evaluate respiratory anatomy, physiology, ventilation, lung
function, blood flow and metabolism and the relationship between ventilation and perfusion.

•Explore theories that inform care with reference to biological and behavioural sciences.

•Evaluate alternate approaches to planning and implementing health education and promotion interventions, policies and strategies to promote respiratory health, care and management.

•Discuss current understandings of immunology with specific reference to the respiratory system.

•Discuss the concepts of health and wellbeing in the context of respiratory health, care and management.

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.


The programme is run over one academic semester, beginning in January. You will have classes approximately once a week alternating between online and RCSI-based sessions.

Subjects taught


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

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Adult Respiratory Care 10 Assignment and small group oral presentation
Biological Science and Patient Assessment 10 Examination
Health Promotion and Behavioural Science 10 Assignment and development of a health promotion brochure

Course fee

Total fees: €3,295

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 two equal instalments – one payment of 50% is due before you commence the programme, while the remaining payment is due at the midway point of the programme.

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

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