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Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Professional Nursing

Course Points
Course Duration
2 years
Course Level
Level 9
Course Places
10 Places
Course Start Date
17th September 2024

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Stepping stone for career progression
  • Allows nursing professionals to gain a recognised postgraduate qualification
  • Specific topics relevant to nurses in today’s health care settings

Course Summary

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Professional Nursing blended learning programme is to provide an accessible, innovative, flexible and practice-orientated sustainable programme that will attract and retain nurses who will continue to work as nurses within an integrated health service. The graduates of the programme will develop an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and innovative practice to practice at a higher level of capability as independent, autonomous and expert nurses.

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Professional Nursing, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Generate an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and attributes for delivering evidence based expanded professional practice.
  2. Develop autonomy, leadership and negotiation skills in order to advance clinical, risk and ethical decisions at advanced professional practice level.
  3. Critically evaluate knowledge and nursing science that will actively contribute to the professional body of knowledge.
  4. Critically utilise e-technology and e-health platforms to inform all aspects of personal and professional development.
  5. Develop leadership capacity in the context of current structural and professional change in the Irish health service

This programme will be delivered predominantly online with live online lectures on Tuesdays from 09.00hrs to 13.30hrs.

In the afternoons students will be given directed study, which students can undertake at a time suitable to them.

Students are required to attend the DkIT campus, from 09.00hrs to 16.00hrs for 3 days in each semester.

Please note this timetable is subject to change

Those graduating from the PostGraduate Diploma in professional nursing will have opportunities to advance a career in clinical or management posts.

Please find information on fees and funding here

You may be eligible for financial support for this course through the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) system. Find out more

To be eligible for this programme applicants must:

  • Be a registered Nurse with NMBI
  • Be currently employed in health care provision
  • Hold a level 8 qualification

*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.  Applicants 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 are essential to complete this programme

Ms. Patricia Suresh (Programme Co-Ordinator )

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

Course ID DK_NNSPN_9
Course Type Postgraduate
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 2 years
Fees €7,200
Starting Date 17th September 2024
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Credits 60
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How To Apply

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

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).