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Certificate in Nursing: Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Adult

Course Points
Course Duration
12 weeks (1 Semester)
Course Level
Level 9
Course Start Date
Wednesday 24th January 2024

Three 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 aim of the programme are to provide learners with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in the recognition and management of the deteriorating adult/patients

Important notice about this course


Application deadline is 10th January or when all places are taken whichever comes first.

On completion of the course the graduates will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to recognise and manage deteriorating adults within the health care setting.  
  • Demonstrate competence and critical thinking ability, which enhances assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of nursing care through discursive knowledge, reflection and evidence-based practice.                         
  • Demonstrate evidence-based clinical practice skills and decision-making processes, essential for safe nursing practice. Perform a nursing assessment; plan and initiate care and treatment modalities within agreed interdisciplinary protocols to achieve patient/client-centred outcomes and evaluate their effectiveness.           
  • Utilise and demonstrate advanced knowledge and critical thinking in the performance of a comprehensive assessment of an acutely ill adult              
  • Adopt a holistic approach to nursing care and integrate evidence-based knowledge in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the deteriorating adult.
  • Effectively manage the nursing care of the deteriorating adult. Determine priorities for care based on need, acuity and optimal time for intervention.              
  • Self-evaluate and take responsibility for continuing academic / professional development


Students will be required to attend some face to face classes at DkIT with the remainder of the programme being delivered online.

24th January 09.00hrs to 16.00hrs Face to Face in DkIT 

31st January 09.00hrs to 12.00hrs Live on-line lectures

14th February 09.00hrs to 12.00hrs Live on-line lectures 

28th February 09.00hrs to 16.00hrs Face to Face in DkIT 

13th March 09.00hrs to 12.00hrs Live on-line lectures

10th April 09.00hrs to 12.00hrs Live on-line lectures

24th April 09.00hr to 16.00hrs Face to Face in DkIT

8th May 09.00hrs to 16.00hrs Face to Face in DkIT 

You MUST be:

  • Be a registered Nurse with NMBI or equivalent
  • Be currently employed in a health care setting
  • 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. Recognition-of-Prior-Learning-Policy-and-Practice.pdf (  Applicants may be called for interview

Nurses who care for acutely ill adults in various clinical areas to develop their knowledge in the assessment and management of acutely ill adults.

Dr. Briege King (Dept of Nursing Midwifery and Early Years )

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)

Course ID NA
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 12 weeks (1 Semester)
Fees TBC
Starting Date Wednesday 24th January 2024
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Credits 10
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

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).