Nursing - Older Person

The overall aim of the programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, knowledge and skills, attributes and competencies in preparation for developing roles within older person nursing. Successful completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma) will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to be considered for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts. Successful completion of year 2 (MSc) will provide students with the academic qualifications to be considered for Advanced Nursing Practice posts. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice. The programme also provides opportunities for nurses to develop critical thinking and reflective skills at specialist and advanced practice levels. The programme will develop professional qualities and a high level of competence in the promotion of excellence and current best practice in the delivery and appraisal of advancing practice in older person nursing.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
1.A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

2.Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year

3.Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2H2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery - For information on RPL click here

4.Students are required to be working in an older person setting for the duration of the programme

5.The MSc in Nursing (Older Person) will be offered as a full-time programme but taken on a part-time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

6.Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Successful completion of the Garda clearance process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.


2 years full-time

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Owen Doody
Tel: +353 (0) 61 213367
Mobile: 00 353 86 8379781

Subjects taught

Year 1

• Health Research – Methods and Methodology (12 Credits)
• Philosophical Underpinnings of Gerontology care (9 Credits)
• Clinical Practicum 1 ( 9 Credits)

• Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care (12 Credits)
• Managing and Co-ordinating of Gerontology Care (9 Credits)
• Clinical Practicum 2 (9 Credits)

Year 2

• Dissertation 1 (9 Credits)

• Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)

Application date

What to Include with your Application:-

•Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable

•English language qualifications (Taken in the last 2 years, if English is not your first language)

•Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate

•Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration

•Copy of birth certificate/passport

Recognised Prior Learning - What to Include with your Application:

•Copy of birth certificate/Passport

•Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate

•1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement

•Copies of all certificates or diploma's as part of prior learning to date

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