Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing - Renal
Course Code: DPTNM-SNUR-1SNU
Duration: 2 years part-time
Next Intake: September annually
Closing date for applications: 30th June
Location: 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2
The M. Sc. / P.Grad. Dip. in Specialist Nursing (Renal) is designed to enable registered nurses to increase their knowledge, experience and clinical skills within this chosen speciality. This course is designed to prepare the renal nurse to function as a specialist nurse. It is both dynamic and challenging and will enable the student upon completion to function as a competent, effective and caring practitioner. The use of evidence-based practice will be utilised throughout this course with the focus on the development and integration of theoretical knowledge and clinical experience. Applicants may apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Specialist – Renal which includes the three specialist modules. Students who successfully complete the P.Grad.Cert. may progress to the M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip in Specialist Nursing (Renal).
Students must pass all modules in order to achieve the Postgraduate award and progress to the second year of the MSc programme during which they complete a dissertation. Students may opt to exit at the end of year one and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate* or a Postgraduate Diploma.
If all elements of the course have been passed the student has the option to return to undertake year two within four years. The specialist courses are taught in partnership between the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the associated Health Service Providers. The specialist strands offered are listed above
*For further information on the Postgraduate Certificate exit point, please contact course personnel.
Year 1 Modules
- NU7521 Haemodialysis and Allied Therapies Nursing
- NU7522 Nephrology Nursing
- NU7523 Transplant and Peritoneal Dialysis Nursing
- NU7524 Supervised Practice Placement (Renal)
- NU7013 Theory & Practice of Enquiry Methods for Healthcare
- NU7011 Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance
Year 2 Module
Each student will receive a planned clinical placement timetable for the duration of the course. During the course educational and clinical facilitators will offer personal and professional support to each student.
Each module will be assessed by the successful completion of an academic assignment. The assessment of clinical competence will focus on the acquisition of specialist competencies and the clinical assessments will be carried out throughout the clinical placements.
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
Minimum Level Required
|TOEFL||230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based|
|Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English||Grade C|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English||Grade C|
|Pearson Test of English||PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)|
Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.
For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.
Dr Margaret McCann T: 01 8968542
Lecturer and Educational Facilitator
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Trinity College Dublin
D'Olier Street, Dublin 2
Glenda Taylor, T: +353 1 4142587
Renal Clinical Facilitator
Tallaght, Dublin 24
Dr. Fintan Sheerin, Course Co-ordinator, T: +353 1 896 4072
Postgraduate Course Team, E: PGT.Nursing.Midw@tcd.ie, T: +353 1 8963005