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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Certificate in Assessment and Management of the Acutely Ill Adult (NFQ Level 8)

Course Details

Special Note:


Course Fees: €700.00
NFQ Level: 8
ECTS Credits: 10
Course Code: DK_NCAMA_8

Course Presentation

Nurses care for acutely ill patients in various clinical areas. When caring for such patients, a deeper more specialised knowledge base is required to effectively implement a high standard of care. Nurses need to have a knowledge base in which he/she can identify subtle deterioration in the patients’ condition and in doing so, incorporate timely and appropriate management.


Modules Taught

  1. Principles of Assessment and Management of the Acutely Ill Adult
  2. Clinical Assessment and Management of the Acutely Ill Adult

See: http://courses.dkit.ie/index.cfm/page/course/courseId/805


On completion of the programme the graduates will be able to: 

  • Evaluate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to assess and manage acutely ill adults within the health care setting.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of competence and critical thinking ability, which enhances assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of nursing care through discursive knowledge, reflection and evidence-based practice.
  • Explore potential strategies for enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration and communication.
  • Ensure that professional accountability and autonomy is maintained and enhanced in accordance with clinical guidelines to ensure the safe and effective delivery of health care.
  • Interpret new and existing nursing knowledge through evidence based practices.

Awarding Body

Dundalk Institute of Technology - Level 8 Special Purpose Award (10 credits)

Who Should Apply?

This programme will allow nurses who care for acutely ill patients to develop their knowledge in the assessment and management of acutely ill adult patients.

How To Apply

Potential students wishing to apply for this course must first discuss the matter with their Clinical Manager and the Practice Development coordinator within their area of employment.


Students should then complete a lifelong learning application form (see Download Forms button to the left) and submit an up to date CV and a scan of your NMBI registration to: Lifelong Learning Centre, Dundalk IT, Dublin Road, Dundalk Co. Louth.


Alternatively you can email a scan of the application form, up-to-date CV and NMBI registration to parttime@dkit.ie

Course Duration

The course takes place over one semester (14 weeks) with a combination of in-class and on-line delivery. Classes run 9.00am to 4.00pm.


Starting Date

Mid-September 2017 (subject to demand)

Entry Requirements

You MUST be:

  1. A Registered Nurse
  2. Currently employed within a relevant healthcare setting

Fees Information


Further Information

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor
Head of Section (Part Time Courses)
School of Health and Science
Dundalk Institute of Technology

Phone: 042 9370200 exn 2736
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Lifelong Learning Centre,
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Call: 042-9370290
Fax: 042-9370291
Email: parttime@dkit.ie