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Certificate in Emergency Nursing

Course Points
Course Duration
26 weeks
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
January 2023

Two great reasons to consider this course

  • This course was designed in conjunction with the Health Service Executive
  • Blended course delivery (online & in-class) to allow greater flexibility to learners as they manage full-time employment and part-time study.

Course Summary

The Certificate in Emergency Nursing is a 20 credit Level 8 Special Purpose Award delivered over 26 weeks using a blended learning delivery. It is a clinically based programme which aims to enhance the novice nurses' knowledge, skills and competencies in the delivery of evidence based care for patients who are victims of accidents and sudden illness within an ED (Emergency Department).

Important notice about this course

The next intake onto this programme is January 2023, applications will open in autumn 2022.

Applicants must submit copies of their CV, academic transcripts and professional registration with their application and checklist form with their application.

The closing date for applications is 01 January 2023, or until all places are full.

The days that the programme will be delivered is available under course delivery below. 

Emergency Nursing has developed into a distinct specialist area of practice and as the ED is a gateway to the hospital environment, it is necessary for ED staff to have an extensive range of skills and resources to meet the demands of patients. Maximising the scope of nurses working in EDs will support the achievement of the goals of the EMP (Emergency Medicine Programme, HSE) namely to improve access, quality and cost in Emergency Medicine in Ireland. The EMP envisages that Emergency nurses, support staff and multidisciplinary team will liaise closely to ensure the patient receives the optimum level of care. 

This programme which has been developed by a consortium of five Institutes of Technology (AIT, DkIT, LyIT, IT Tralee, WIT), is specifically for nurses working in Emergency Departments and supports the goals of the EMP. 

The programme provides for the continuing professional development of nurses through education, clinical practice, leadership and research utilisation, providing a pathway for the nurse to evolve not only professionally, but also personally which will enable him/her to fulfil their potential.

The programme consists of two modules:

Emergency Nursing Foundation Module:  This module will allow nurses who care for patients in an ED to develop their knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of acutely ill patients.  Indicative content includes: Holistic patient assessment and clinical decision making: Triage in the ED; Cardiovascular and Respiratory system; Sepsis; Neurological Assessment; GI assessment; Acute Surgical Patients: The older person; Acute endocrine disorders; Anaphylaxis; Tissue Viability; Pain Management; Paediatric Patients; Obstetric Patients; Non-Life/Limb threatening Injuries; Trauma; Major Emergency Planning; Mental Health; Patients with an Intellectual Disability: Vulnerable Adults: Psychosocial Impact of Illness: Quality Improvement. 

Clinical Placement Emergency Nursing This module will provide the student with exposure to clinical placement in emergency nursing so that s/he continues to develop confidence and competence in the practice of nursing.

This programme is delivered one day a week over one semester using a blended learning approach, which involves a combination of face-to-face lectures on DkIT campus, live online lectures, recorded lectures as well as directed and independent study.

Students will be required to attend DkIT for face-to-face practical lectures from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm for 2 days over the semester.

Students will be required to attend remote live online lectures, from 9.30 am to 4.30 hrs, for approx. 6 days.  In addition, there are 2 days (9,.30 to 4.30pm  of recorded lectures.

Please note this timetable is subject to change.

You MUST be:  

  • Registered Nurse with the NMBI (or equivalent)
  • Currently employed or have access to work in an Emergency Department

Priority will be given to HSE nursing staff currently employed in an Emergency Department

HSE nurses who can secure a placement in an Emergency Department and nurses from non HSE organisations who work in an Emergency Department may be offered a place on the programme subject to meeting the programme entry criteria and the availability of places.

Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to a PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course.

Candidates may be interviewed.

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

Course ID DK_NCEMN_8
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 8
Duration 26 weeks
Fees €950
Starting Date January 2023
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Credits 20
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Apply to DkIT
Delivery Method Blended

How to Apply

Open for online applications: mid-October 2022.

Step 1:

Step 2:

  • Apply Now on the DkIT application portal and attach your checklist form (from above) and copies of their CV and NMBI registration

All programmes are delivered subject to demand. If you have any questions about this course, please use the 'Enquire about this course' button below.