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Flexible & Professional, Postgraduate

Certificate in Nursing Health Assessment for Persons with an Intellectual Disability

January 2025
On Campus
12 weeks (1 Semester)

DkIT Course ID

DK_NNIID_9

Fees (EU)

€950

Duration

12 weeks (1 Semester)

Work Placement

No

Credits

10

NFQ Level

9

Discipline Area

Nursing & Midwifery

Course Type

Flexible & Professional, Postgraduate

Study Mode

Part-Time

Next intake is January 2025: Applications will open in Autumn 2024

Course Overview

The Certificate in Nursing Health Assessment and Interventions for Persons with an Intellectual Disability will be of particular interest to nurses who wish to develop an evidence-based practice for the challenges of the assessment, management and care provision of the health needs of persons with an intellectual disability.

The programme aims to develop and enhance nurses’ knowledge and skills to implement clinical interventions in supporting the complex health needs of persons with an intellectual disability. This programme will help the student to develop and advance their clinical skills to competently assess and manage prevalent health conditions among people with an Intellectual Disability within the context of their own practice setting utilising a rights based approach to care. Indicative content includes theoretical and skill based sessions on cardio vascular/ respiratory/ gastro- intestinal / endocrine, tissue viability, and continence care. Thus, they can provide timely, optimal, collaborative and compassionate care to enhance the person’s outcomes and improve their quality of life.

This programme will allow participants to critically examine the assessment and the contemporary management of prevalent health conditions within the context of their own practice. Thus, they can provide timely, optimal, collaborative and compassionate care to enhance the person’s outcomes and improve their quality of life.

 

What makes this course different

Approved by NMBI

This programme is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), the statutory body which sets the standards for the education, registration and professional conduct of nurses and midwives. 

Course Delivery and Modules

This programme is delivered face to face, (on a Thursday) from 09.00hrs to 17.00hrs on campus in DkIT for a total of 8 days over the semester.

Students on the programme are also required to undertake independent and directed study. 

Please note this timetable is subject to change.

  • Module Content

    The content will include: Health Assessment, Health Planning, Supporting a person with complex health needs and Interdisciplinary collaboration

    This course will encourage students to:

    • Critically discuss the physical health conditions that are prevalent in persons with an intellectual disability.
    • Critically discuss the knowledge and skills required to recognise, assess and effectively create a health care plan for a person with an intellectual disability.
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical skills using evidence-based practice in the management of care for persons with an intellectual disability.
    • Critically evaluate strategies for empowering the person with an intellectual disability to be more autonomous in managing their own health status.
    • Critically explore strategies for enhancing multidisciplinary collaboration in caring for persons with an intellectual disability.

    For a full description of all course modules, please visit: http://courses.dkit.ie/index.cfm/page/module/moduleId/55302

Fees and Funding

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Fees

EU Fees

€950

Entry Requirements

  • Be a registered Nurse with NMBI or equivalent
  • Be currently employed in the Intellectual Disability services
  • All applicants will normally hold a relevant level 8 qualification (or equivalent). 
  • Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification may apply for entry to the programme in accordance with the procedures outlined in the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. Learn more about RPL at DkIT
  • Candidates may be interviewed.
  • 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.
  • Basic IT skills essential.

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the Certificate in Nursing Health Assessment for Persons with an Intellectual Disability please ask it below and we will get back to you.


Joe Treacy

Dept of Nursing Midwifery and Early Years

Email: joe.treacy@dkit.ie

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor

Head of Part time Section, School of Health and Science

Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).