Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Wound Management & Tissue Viability)

(Level 9 NFQ 30 ECTS Credits)

"Thanks to the friendly and supportive environment at the Royal College of Surgeons I found the challenging experience of completing a Post Graduate Diploma extremely rewarding and enjoyable. I was honoured to attend a college with a legacy of such excellence in education which is upheld today by the inspiring and accomplished teaching staff. The blended learning style not only provides flexibility to balance work-life-study commitments but also develops skills to support life-long independent learning. The RCSI provides a nurturing student-centred approach where excellence in health care delivery and promoting positive patient outcomes are the focus. Over the duration of this course, I feel I have developed as an academic, a professional and an individual. I would recommend the RCSI to anyone wishing to further their education in healthcare and enhance their skills as a practitioner. ." Gillian Power, class of 2015.


Our Wound Management & Tissue Viability programme has three variations, students can complete a Posgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Nursing programmes, see below for more information.


Wound Management & Tissue Viability

Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Wound Management & Tissue Viability):
In this stream, students undertake three modules over one semester. The semester for the certificate programme runs from January to May each year. This stream is ideal for nurses who want to want to further their learning in the field of Wound Management & Tissue Viability. Students who undertake this Certificate can progress to the Post Graduate Diploma at any point within 2 years of completion.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Wound Management & Tissue Viability):Postgraduate Nursing Progression
The postgraduate diploma is a one year part time programmes that takes place over two semesters covering six modules. Modules are varied in nature covering research strategies, to leadership and management along with specialist modules which cover the management and assessment of wounds. Students who undertake this stream are required to complete a 250 hour competency log which can be undertaken during their working day. Students who complete this programme can progress to the 2nd year of our MSc Nursing Programme.

MSc Nursing (Wound Management & Tissue Viability):

Our MSc Nursing (Wound Management & Tissue Viability) programme is a two year part time programme. Students complete the Post Graduate Diploma in year one and progress their learning in year two undertaking advanced research with the help of a dedicated academic supervisor.


Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Wound Management & Tissue Viability)

Programme Overview:
The Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Wound Management & Tissue Viability) is a 6 month part time programme. Postgraduate Certificate students are at a unique advantage in the RCSI where small group numbers and dedicated tutors assist the student journey from start to graduation.

This unique programme offers individuals the opportunity to explore and analyse existing theories and concepts that are fundamental in wound management and tissue viability. The course provides practitioners with guidance on the management of acute and chronic wounds in all health care settings and is based on good practice, current evidence and supporting guidance. This course offers students the opportunity to study part time taking just one module if they wish or completing six modules and a clinical placement to achieve a post graduate diploma in Wound Management & Tissue Viability.

Learning Outcomes/Aims:
On successful completion of this programme the student will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the application of clinical judgement to professional practice by utilising evidence-based practice within wound management and tissue viability;
  • Critically compare and contrast management and leadership approaches to the effective management and leadership in the provision of within wound management and tissue viability services;
  • Critically evaluate evidence based methods of assessment and management of wounds of varying aetiologies with reference to person centered care
  • Critically discuss key considerations in the development of services for individuals with wounds of varying aetiologies within the context of a team approach to care
  • Demonstrate competency in the delivery and evaluation of patient care within the field of wound management and tissue viability

Programme Structure:
The post graduate certificate in Wound Management and Tissue Viability is an exciting and highly clinically relevant programme delivered by some of the best Wound Management professionals in Ireland. Students are required to attend the college three days per module. All other lectures are online days where students can access lectures from home. Between the annual study blocks, students are supported by online personal and group tutorials in chat room sessions, and personal tutorials by email or telephone. In addition, there is dedicated Distance Learning Library Support staff to ensure students are able to access necessary databases and full-text journals. The online information and resources are constantly updated for students to access through a Virtual Learning Environment.

Module Name  ECTS Credits  Assessment Method 
Advanced Concepts in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair   10 Assignment & Oral 
Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Leg Ulceration and Lymphoedema   10 Examination & Oral Presentation 
Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Pressure Ulcers and Diabetic Foot Ulcers  10 Assignment

Who is this programme for?
This course is aimed at healthcare professionals from the field of nursing and offers the opportunity to study alongside an international group of professionals.

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress to the Post Gradaute Diploma in Nursing (Wound Management & Tissue Viability) by completing three further modules, students can then progress onto 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Wound Management & Tissue Viability. Recommended: Post Gradaute Diploma in Nursing (Wound Management & Tissue Viability)  

Entry Requirements?
Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register and have a level 8 qualification. Applicants who do not hold a level 8 qualification may still be eligable to join them programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route. 

More Information:
If you would like further information on this programme please contact:

Programme Coordinator: Ms. Ruth Kelly (ruthkelly@rcsi.ie)
Programme Director: Ms Anne Marie Burke (annemarieburke@rcsi.ie)

How to apply?

Course fees €2,895 (EU Fees)
Application forms Apply Online Now