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

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing/(MSc) in Orthopaedic Nursing (Cappagh Hospital)

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award 60 ECTS)

Programme aims:

To prepare nurses to exercise an advanced level of clinical judgment and practice than that required by a registered general nurse by virtue of demonstrating additional knowledge and skills in a specialist area of clinical practice. 

Enable students to take a leading role in advancing and developing nursing and midwifery roles and effect policy change in professional practice and health service provision.

General entry requirments:

  • The applicant must be a registered nurse on the active register maintained by Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland prior to commencing one of the programmes.
  • Computer skills and access to a computer and the Internet are essential. 
  • The applicant is required to have a minimum of six months clinical experience appropriate to the specialist area of practice of the programme. 
  • The applicant is required to work in the specialist area of practice for the duration of the programme.
  • The applicant must provide evidence of prior learning. 
  • The applicant is required to hold a primary degree or equivalent, with relevant experience and previous studies (each application will be considered on an individual basis). 
  • An interview may be required for some programmes.
  • We would encourage you to contact our clinical partners in Cappagh Hospital for further information on their specific clinical requirements.


Each programme is delivered over one year. The option is available for students to complete this programme over a period of up to five years.

When a student successfully completes a Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Specialist Area) they may then avail of the option to progress to Year II of the Masters in Science (MSc) Nursing in their chosen specialist area. 

All students undertaking this programme complete three core modules in RCSI in Semester I.

Semester I: Core modules

  • Advanced Research Methods 1
  • Leadership - Professional & Clinical
  • Reflection on Practice

Semester II: Specialist modules

  • Specialist Nursing Module 1 - Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing
  • Specialist Nursing Module 2 - Nursing the Patient with an Orthopaedic Disorder
  • Specialist Nursing Module 3 - Nursing the Orthopaedic Trauma Patient

Entry requirments:

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.

Clinical mentorship:
Students are supported through the programme by preceptors and clinical facilitators, who facilitate student learning and competency development, in the specialist area of the programme.

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

Programme Coordinator: Ms Ruth Kelly (
Programme Director: Ms Rosemarie Derwin (

How to apply?

Applications will open in March 2018

Course fees €5,645 per year (EU Fees)
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.