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Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing

Course Points
Course Duration
12 weeks (1 semester)
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
Wednesday 18th September 2019

Course Summary

The Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing is a 10 credit Level 8 Special Purpose Award delivered over 12 weeks using a blended learning delivery. The course will enable nurses who care for patients within an Acute Medicine Unit/Emergency Department to develop their knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of acutely ill adults.

Important notice about this course

Places for this course are offered on a first come, first served basis so we recommend getting your application in as early as possible. Applications are normally reviewed within a week of submission.

The final closing date for applications is Friday 30th August 2019 or until places are full.

Acute medicine as a speciality has developed rapidly over the last number of years both nationally and internationally.  It is defined as part of general (internal) medicine concerned with the immediate and early specialist management of adult patients who present to or from within hospitals as urgencies or emergencies (RCoP 2007).  Given the acuity of patients who present to Acute Medical Assessment Units (AMAU’s) it is recognised that there is a need to develop additional clinical expertise among acute medicine nurses.   

In light of this a consortium of six Institutes of Technology (AIT, DkIT, GMIT, LyIT, IT Tralee, WIT) has developed a Level 8 Special Purpose Award in Acute Medicine Nursing for nurses working in AMAUs, MAUs and Emergency Departments.  The aim of the course is to enable acute medicine nurses to develop their knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of acutely ill adults. 

This course supports the commitment made by the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director H.S.E. in association with the National Acute Medicine Programme, to provide clinical education for nurses working in Acute Medicine Units.

The indicative course content includes: holistic patient assessment and clinical decision making; cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and gastrointestinal systems; acute and chronic renal failure; fluid and electrolyte management; the older person presenting with delirium and dementia; Type 1 & 2 diabetes; tissue viability; acute and chronic pain management; psychological impact of illness; stress management and future development needs.  

More information about the course outcomes, content and assessment

This course takes place over one semester (14 weeks) with a combination of in-class and online delivery.

Students are required to attend college on the following days (Wednesday, 9 am to 4.30 pm. The remainder of the programme is delivered online.

  • 18th September
  • 25th September
  • 9th October
  • 23rd October
  • 6th November
  • 20th November
  • Registered General Nurses
  • Currently employed in a HSE or HSE funded AMU or Emergency Department / Local Injury Unit/Acute Medical Ward (excluding rehabilitation and stroke units) for the duration of the programme.
  • Priority will be given to HSE and HSE funded acute hospital nursing staff currently employed in an AMU.
  • Nurses from non HSE and HSE funded organisations who work in AMU’s or Emergency Departments / Local Injury Unit/Acute Medical Wards may be offered a place on the course subject to meeting the course entry criteria and the availability of places.

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Part time Section, School of Health and Science )
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2736

Course ID DK_NAMEN_8
Level 8
Duration 12 weeks (1 semester)
Credits 10
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €900 (HSE funding available to suitable applicants, contact your line manager for further information)
Starting Date Wednesday 18th September 2019
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How to Apply

Interested students will be required to provide evidence of:

  • Approval from the applicants line manager (ADoN or above) to participate in the course
  • Confirmation that the applicant will be employed in an AMU (or Emergency Department/Local Injuries Unit/Acute Medical Ward as appropriate) for the duration of the programme
  • Confirmation that a suitably qualified clinical practice supervisor is available to assessment and support the applicant during the course

Applicants should then complete the online application form (see Apply Now button below) ensuring to upload a scan of your NMBI registration plus the documents referred to above:


Applicants must also download, complete and return the Checklist below. This checklist can be uploaded to the Documents section of your online application or scanned and emailed to



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