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

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice

(NFQ level 9 Major Award 60 ECTS)

Information on the Certificate in Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice can be found here.

Programme overview:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice) is a one-year part-time programme. Postgraduate Diploma students are at a unique advantage in the RCSI where small group numbers and dedicated tutors assist the student journey from start to graduation.

The programme aims to provide students with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge deemed relevant to enhancing practice. The programme is designed to expand the students questioning approach to knowledge development and professional issues pertinent to leading respiratory patient care. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of the respiratory systems and associated conditions which will in turn enhance their clinical practice.

Learning outcomes/aims:
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the management and care of adult respiratory conditions in the context of population health
  • Critically evaluate respiratory anatomy, physiology, ventilation, lung function, blood flow and metabolism and the relationship between ventilation and perfusion. 
  • Critically explore theories that inform care with reference to biological and behavioural sciences.
  • Critically evaluate alternate approaches to planning and implementing health education and promotion interventions, policies and strategies to promote respiratory health, care and management. 
  • Critically discuss current understandings of immunology with specific reference to the respiratory system. 
  • Critically discuss the concepts of health and wellbeing in the context of respiratory health, care and management
Programme structure:

This programme is delivered by blended learning, students experience both in-class and online learning throughout the duration of the programme. Classes take place approximately once a week alternating between online and RCSI-based sessions.

Module name  ECTS credits  Assessment method 
Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Advanced Leadership, Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Clinical Practicum - Advanced Refection and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio
Adult Respiratory Care 10 Examination and group presentation
Biological Science and Patient Assessment 10 Examination 
Health Promotion and Behavioural Science 10 Assignment and development of a health promotion brochure 

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress to the 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice. Recommended: MSc Nursing Year 2

Entry requirements:
  • Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register 
  • Students must 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. 
  • Students are required to log clinical practice hours relating to respiratory specific duties throughout this programme. If you are unsure you can acheive these hours please contact the programme director. 

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

Programme Director: Ms Bridget Murray (

Programme Coordinator: James Hayes (

How to apply?
Applications for this programme open next February however our Postgraduate Certificate programme commences January 2019, more information is available here: Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice)

Applications open February 2019


Course fees Current fee information can be found here: Nursing Student Fee Information
Application forms Applications are accepted via the link above. A €50 application fee is required when applying. You will also be required to upload transcripts of prior education during the application process.