Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing
(Emergency Care)—full-time and part-time

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Emergency Care) is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Emergency Nursing. This programme is offered full-time over one calendar year and part-time over two calendar years. Taught components of the programme are delivered in a blended learning format. Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that most learning/teaching will be delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your own home computer. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. The programme is comprised of seven theory/practice modules. In all modules there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of module content to practice, similarly, practice placements allow students to explore "new" knowledge in practice, enabling them an opportunity to integrate theory and practice.

Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland normally within the students' own work setting. Where the environment does not provide sufficient opportunities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme addition placements will be required by the student in sites which will provide the experience needed. A minimum of 1000 clinical hours need to be completed in the specialist area while undertaking the programme.

Special Features

The course is approved by An Bord Altranais and has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills. The programme is offered through a blended learning format - a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

Key facts

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1. Be a registered nurse on the General Nurse division of the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais;
2. Have a minimum of two years’ post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);
3. Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., Emergency, and have as a minimum six months’ clinical experience in this specialist area;
4. Have an honours degree or equivalent.

Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or higher diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrate their capacity to complete a programme at this level. In addition to the other requirements outlined above, these applicants are required to submit a 1,000 word literature based essay (this essay must be at the level expected of an honours degree candidate (Level 8).

Duration: 1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2013

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 6 (minimum)

Closing date: Please see the offer round dates for more information.

Mode of study: Blended learning

Course outline

Programme content


  • Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (core) 
  • Using Research in Practice (core) 
  • Specialist Module 1 (Medical Emergencies) 
  • Specialist Module 2 (Major Trauma and Surgical Emergencies) 
  • Specialist Module 3 (Special Patient Populations) 
  • Specialist Module 4 (Clinical Skills Development in Emergency Nursing) 
  • Service Improvement Module 
  • Clinical Assessment 1 
  • Clinical Assessment 2 
  • Clinical Assessment 3

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Yvonne Conway, RGN, RNT, BNS, MSc
Robert Burke, RGN, BNS, Higher Diploma (A&E)
Bernard McCarthy,RGN, RNID, Dip.Nurse Mgt. (RCSI), Cert.Adult. Ed. (City & Guilds), B.Sc. (South Bank), C.Q.A.M. (GMIT), M.Sc. (Dub.)
Dr. Adeline Cooney, M Med Sc, BNS, RGN, RNT, PhD

Find out more

PAC code

GYM13 (full-time)
GYM36 (part-time)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,000
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750

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