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Certificate in Nursing Health Assessment for Persons with an Intellectual Disability

Course Points
10
Course Duration
1 Semester (14 weeks)
Course Level
Level 9
Course Start Date
February 2021

One great reason to consider this course

  • This programme is approved by the NMBI (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland).

Course Summary

The aim of the programme is to further develop nurses’ evidence based practice for the challenges of the assessment, management and care provision of the health needs of persons with an intellectual disability. This programme will allow students 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.

Important notice about this course

Applications for this programme will open in late 2020. All programmes are delivered subject to demand.

If you have any questions about this course, please use the 'Enquire about this course' button at the bottom of this page.

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.

This certificate in Nursing Health Assessment and Interventions for Persons with an Intellectual Disability 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.

The content of the Certificate in Nursing Health Assessment and Interventions for Persons with an Intellectual Disability will include:

  • Health Assessment
  • Health Planning
  • Supporting a person with complex health needs
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration

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

The course is delivered over one semester using a blended learning format that combines face to face classes with online delivery.

  • Be a registered Nurse with NMBI or equivalent
  • Be currently employed in 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.
  • 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.

This 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.

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Part time Section, School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370200
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_NNIID_9
Level 9
Duration 1 Semester (14 weeks)
Credits 10
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €800
Starting Date February 2021
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How to Apply

Applications for this programme will open in late 2020. All programmes are delivered subject to demand.

If you have any questions about this course, please use the 'Enquire about this course' button at the bottom of this page.