Specialist Practice - Intensive Care

Course Description
This P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice programme has been developed, in partnership with associated health service providers, to meet the demands and challenges within the health care system and specifically within specialist care. The programme is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge and clinical expertise that aims to promote excellence in the area of specialist care practice. It is also designed to provide academically robust education for the students and the various modules offered develop and complement subjects undertaken at degree or 'equivalent' level.

Students must accumulate 30 ECTS and successfully complete three modules for the award of P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice. Students who successfully complete the P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice without compensation are eligible for entry to the relevant M.Sc./P.Grad. Dip. programme.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements Specialist Nursing strands:
• Admission to the strand will be subject to place availability. The entry criteria for this strand are:
• Current registration on the appropriate nursing division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Active Register
• Two years post-registration clinical experience since first registration
• Twelve months experience (within the last two years) in the specialty in Ireland at the time of application.
• Candidates must also fulfil one of the following criteria:

An honours degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification or satisfy the selection committee that they have the academic ability to successfully complete the programme.
• Each student will be engaged in specific practice settings in Ireland relevant to each individual strand for the duration of the programme of study.
• Additional criteria may be required by individual Health Service Providers.


1 year part-time.

Further enquiries

Academic Registry
Tel: +353 (0)1 8964500

Subjects taught

The modules are each worth 10 ECTS and are:
Nursing Specialist – Intensive Care:
1. Principles of Intensive Care Nursing
2. Management of the Critically Ill Adult 1
3. Management of the Critically Ill Adult 2

Application date

Closing Date 30 June 2019

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2019

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