Children's Nursing (H.Dip.)

Trinity College Dublin

Postgraduate Diploma
12 months
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This course aims to develop and expand knowledge, skills and attitudes in nurses towards infants, children and their parents and family, as a unit in society. The course is designed to equip nurses to deliver primary health care, acute, rehabilitative and palliative care as required and to foster the process of continuing education and research in paediatric nursing practice. 


The post registration Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing course (Level 8) takes place over one full year (52 weeks) commencing in September. The programme consists of 12 theoretical weeks divided over three semesters; Michaelmas  Hilary and Trinity, 40 weeks clinical practice experience that spans medical / surgical nursing, high dependency, specialist nursing and community experience with 4 weeks annual leave. Students undertake eight compulsory modules; (five theoretical modules and three clinical modules) that are run sequentially throughout the year. All modules are grounded in a body of evidence-based caring knowledge that promotes excellence in children's nursing practice. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) requires 100% attendance (both clinical and theoretical) for all students pursuing the Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing Course.

Programme Structure

The purpose of the course is to enable students to develop essential nursing knowledge, skills and values necessary to care for and support children, young people and their families to the highest professional standards across the health care continuum in all healthcare settings.

Five theory modules are as follows:

  • Fundamental Concepts of Children’s and Young People’s Nursing
  • Evidence Based Nursing Care of Children, Young People and Families in Illness
  • Contemporary Evidence and Research for Children, Young People and their families
  • Evidence Based Approaches to Adolescent Health in Young People’s Nursing
  • Evidence Based Approaches to Health, Well-being and Care in Children’s Nursing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
88 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
63 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Nurses applying for the programme must satisfy the following entry criteria:

  • Be on at least one of the following divisions of the register as held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing and Intellectual Disability Nursing.
  • Be on the active register as held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
  • Have at least six months of full-time post-registration clinical nursing experience.
  • Have relevant academic qualifications which satisfy admission requirements for the programme.
  • Have Garda Clearance for working with children and adolescent.

Tuition Fee



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