Certificate in the Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Adult

Course Points
Course Duration
14 weeks (1 Semester)
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
January 2019

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

Nurses need to have a knowledge base in which they can identify subtle deterioration in a patient's condition and in doing so, incorporate timely and appropriate nursing care and management. The confidence and competence that comes with acute analysis will help you to understand the psychological, social, ethical and legal implications on acute illness, and the effects these may have on the patient, relative or multi-disciplinary team.

Important notice about this course

Closing date for applications is Thursday 17th January 2019

Includes anatomical and physiological organs systems; altered homeostatis of the cardiac, respiratory, abdominal and neuromuscular systems; advanced cardiac, respiratory, abdominal, neuromuscular assessments; clinical simulation scenarios.

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

  •  Evaluate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to assess and manage acutely ill adults within the health care setting.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of competence and critical thinking ability, which enhances assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of nursing care through discursive knowledge, reflection and evidence-based practice.
  • Explore potential strategies for enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration and communication.
  • Ensure that professional accountability and autonomy is maintained and enhanced in accordance with clinical guidelines to ensure the safe and effective delivery of health care.
  • Interpret new and existing nursing knowledge through evidence based practices

The course takes place over one semester (14 weeks) with a combination of in-class and online delivery.

Students are required to attend DkIT from 8.30am to 4pm on the following days:

  • 22nd Jan
  • 29th Jan
  • 12th Feb
  • 26th Feb
  • 12 March
  • 26th March
  • 9th April
  • 30th April

The remainder of the programme is delivered on-line.


You MUST be:

  • Registered Nurse with the Nurse / Midwifery Board of Ireland or equivalent.
  • Employed within a relevant healthcare setting.

The course will allow 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. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2736 
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_NDETJ_8
Level 8
Duration 14 weeks (1 Semester)
Credits 10
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €700
Starting Date January 2019
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How to Apply

All programmes are delivered subject to demand. Interested applicants MUST first discuss the matter with their Clinical Manager and the Practice Development Co-ordinator within their area of employment.

Students should then complete a lifelong learning application form (see download button below) and submit an up-to-date CV and a scan of your NMBI registration to:

Lifelong Learning Centre, Dundalk IT, Dublin Road, Dundalk Co. Louth.

Download Application Form

Alternatively you can email a scan of the application form, CV and NMBI registration to parttime@dkit.ie