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

Professional Certificate in Musculoskeletal Casting and Splinting (Adults and Children)

(NFQ Level 8, 30 ECTS)

Programme aims:

This programme aims to develop competent healthcare practitioners who will apply specific knowledge and skills whilst providing holistic care to individuals requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting in the adult and paediatric patient setting. This programme is delivered over 3 months and consists of two modules. Each module is developed in the context of a modular framework and is modelled on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), incorporating the allocation of credits. Module 1, Principles of Musculoskeletal Casting and Splinting carries 10 ECTS and Module 2, Clinical Skills for Musculoskeletal Casting and Splinting carries 20 ECTS.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding, through questioning and scrutiny, of the necessary professional knowledge ( theory, concepts and methods) pertaining to the management of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting
  • Demonstrate the mastery of the practical skills and tools necessary to be competent in in the management of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting  
  • Develop the concepts and principles that underpin problem solving and clinical decision making in clinical practice, accepting accountability for the decision making around the in the management of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting
  • Acknowledge own developing ability within the sphere of musculoskeletal casting and splinting and critically analyse own learning needs through the use of reflective practice to facilitate a lifelong learning approach to personal and professional development
  • Lead both the care of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting and the team providing care within the context of collaborative working and within own scope of practice

Programme Structure:

This programme is delivered in Cappagh Hospital over 6 months. The programme consists of two modules:

Entry requirments:

Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register and meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered with their appropriate professional body (NMBI or equivalent)
  • Be employed in a casting department with a minimum of 900 hours of verified experience (this is a signed declaration from a Nurse Manager and Orthopaedic Consultant)
  • Must be working in the casting department for the duration of the programme
  • Provide a Manual Handling Certificate which is in date for duration of programme.

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

Programme Coordinator: Ms Rosie Brady (
Clinical Programme Director: Maura Shanahan (
Programme Director: Ms Chanel Watson (

Programme Fees:
The tuition fee for this programme is payable directly to The National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh 

How to apply?
The application process contains three sections. The first is the completion of the online application form. The second and third section is the downloading, completion and return of the forms below. 

Please be aware, failure to complete all sections will result in an incomplete aplication form and you will not be considered for the programme. 

1. Apply Online Now 

2. Clinical Experience Declaration Form

3. Preceptorship Requirements and Declaration Form

The closing date for applications is 5pm August 29th.

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.