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

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing/MSc in Coronary Care Nursing (Beaumont Hospital)

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme overview:
This programme is designed to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to provide evidenced based, quality care in today's challenging healthcare environment. A blended learning approach is utilised to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff caring for cardiology patients.

The course is designed to allow students explore a range of clinical and theoretical issues, aiming to produce knowledgeable skilled and reflective nurses with the ability to function as team leaders and act as a clinical resource to peers. Core modules on this programme include: Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiovascular Disease, Rhythm Analysis and Interventions, and Chronic Heart Failure. Assessment will occur throughout the year consisting of assignments, examination, presentation, and competency document.

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

  • Critically discuss the epidemiology/pathophysiology of chronic heart failure and the development of the clinical nurse specialist role.
  • Critically evaluate & demonstrate the holistic assessment of the patient, presenting with heart failure.
  • Critically explore the physiologic adaptive responses of patients to critical illness.
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between cardiac disease and other body systems.
  • Critically discuss the cardiac anatomy and physiology and explore the aetiology and pathophysiology of CVD, epidemiology and associated risk factors of CVD.
  • Critically evaluate and demonstrate the holistic assessment of the patient, presenting with CVD.

Programme structure:
This programme is delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital. The first three modules are delivered in the RCSI with the remaining three modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital. The programme is offered part-time with an entry point each September. Students may be interviewed for positions on this programme.

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 clincial portfolio
Fundamental Concepts of Coronary Care Nursing 10 Assignment
Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiology Interventions 10 Examination
Holistic Management of the Heart Failure Patient and Family 10 Assignment

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

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 Cassandra Kelly (

Programme Director: Ms Rosemarie Derwin (

Hospital Contact: Mr Paul Mahon (

How to apply?

Applications for this programme will open in March 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.