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

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Infection Prevention & Control Nursing)

(NFQ level 9 Major Award 30 ECTS)

"I recently studied for a Post Graduate Diploma in Infection Prevention and Control in the RCSI. It was one of the best decisions I ever made professionally to return to college as I thoroughly enjoyed the course which was informative, educational, challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. This enabled and equipped me with the competencies, skills and values to work as part of team with patients and healthcare workers directly in a positive professional manner. I felt supported using the blended learning approach with excellent mentorship at all times making it an enriching student experience." Margaruite O'Connor, class of 2015.

Programme Overview:
The Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Infection Prevention & Control Nursing) 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 programme aims to provide students with expert knowledge and provide assistance and guidance in developing the skills and practical experience that will form a strong foundation for their journey towards expertise in the field of infection prevention and control.

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) are recognised as a major burden for patients, society and healthcare management. More than four million people acquire a healthcare-associated infection each year in the European Union (EU), of which approximately 37,000 die as the direct consequence of the infection. In tandem with these ongoing issues, we have a growing risk of world wide spread of infectious diseases and an ever increasing resistance to antibiotics.

Guided by the core competencies of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC 2014) this programme provides a foundation for the clinical expertise needed by infection prevention and control professionals to guide our practice, educate, monitor standards, challenge, lead and progress preventative strategies.

Learning Outcomes/Aims:
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:
Critically appraise the current developments in infection control both nationally and internationally with reference to the quality and risk framework.

  • Critically evaluate infection prevention/ control guidelines
  • Critically discuss the principles of microbiology in the prevention and control of infection.
  • Devise and update infection prevention/ control guidelines based on National and International standards
  • Critically evaluate administration and management systems for infection prevention/ control including strategic planning for the infection prevention and control service.
  • Critically evaluate the use of information technology in the development and updating of infection prevention/ control guidelines and procedures.
  • Critically discuss the principles preventing the spread of infection within the hospital and community.
  • Critically discuss with the methods of investigating and controlling an outbreak of infection
  • Critically discuss with the use of surveillance methods in infection prevention/ control
  • Critically discuss surveillance and the investigation of relevant infections.
Module Name  ECTS Credits   Assessment Method
The Microbiological Basis for Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Setting   10 Examination 
Principles of Infection Control   10 Assignment
Managerial Issues in Infection Control    10 Assignment

Who is this programme for?
This programme is relevant for nurses and other healthcare professionals who wish to develop an expertise in this area.

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

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 Director: Ms Maryam Husain (

Programme Coordinator: Ms Yeukai ( 

How to apply?

Applications for this programme will open in Summer 2019

Course fees Current fee information can be found here: Nursing Student Fee Information